Date: Sunday September 7, 2013
Kickoff Time: 1:00pm
TV Channel: CBS
Radio: Buffalo Bills TuneIn.com
Live Stream: NFL.com Live Stream
The Buffalo Bills welcome the New England Patriots into a sold out Ralph Wilson stadium to face what we hope is the end of the Bills’ quarterback carousel in EJ Manuel. While the Patriots may be the league’s heaviest favourites heading into Week 1 of NFL action, that does not mean the Bills don’t have a fighting chance.
The Bills will need to run the ball, avoid costly mistakes, and knock down Tom Brady in order to have a chance in this game.
Running back C.J. Spiller is saddled with sky-high expectations heading into 2013 after rushing for a 1,244 yards, while rushing for an outstanding 6 yards per carry. As the Bill’s best and most dynamic player, Spiller is going to need to have a huge game. Spiller’s effectiveness could force the Patriots to bring a safety into the box and open up some room for Manuel and Stevie Johnson to work their magic.
Making his first career start against the Patriots juggernaut, EJ Manuel will need to avoid the mistakes that haunt many rookie QBs, holding onto the ball too long and turnovers.
Perhaps the most daunting task will be containing Brady and his revamped offense with both Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore out of the lineup. The key to this game for the Bills defense will be to take the pressure of off their limping secondary by getting the pressure on the QB. Tasked with ensuring Mr. Brady becomes acquainted with the grass at the Ralph? Super Mario and Kyle Williams of course, the Bills daunting pass rush duo.
Join us down in the comments throughout the game for instant analysis and reaction. Cheer along every time CJ breaks into the secondary, or one of the Williams puts Tom Brady on his back.