National Football League
New England at Buffalo
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 30, 2016
Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

The New England Patriots get a chance to avenge their lone defeat of the season when they visit Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in a matchup of AFC East rivals. The Bills shocked the Patriots in Week 4, handing New England its first shutout loss at Gillette Stadium with Tom Brady serving the finale of his four-game suspension.

"It was a great time to play them," Ryan said of the first matchup. "You know, I'll admit it. It was probably an easier game to play them without (Brady)." That earlier victory against the Patriots was part of a four-game winning streak for Buffalo that was snapped in last week's 28-25 loss at Miami. New England was forced to start third-stringer Jacoby Brissett in the earlier meeting against the Bills, but it has ripped off three straight double-digit victories since Brady returned to the lineup. Brady owns a staggering 25-3 record against Buffalo, including a sweep last season that featured victory margins of eight and seven points.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Patriots -6. O/U: 47

ABOUT THE BILLS (4-3): Buffalo posted a victory margin of nearly 18 points during the four-game winning streak, but struggled in Miami with its top offensive weapon hobbled. LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 470 yards and five touchdowns during the four-game run, managed only 11 yards against the Dolphins while battling a balky hamstring that kept him out of practice Thursday. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who threw for 246 yards and a touchdown in the earlier meeting, could be without Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and Robert Woods (foot), as well as Sammy Watkins, who is on injured reserve. The Bills were gouged for 256 rushing yards by the Dolphins, but defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is expected back after missing three games.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (6-1): New England leaned heavily on the run in a 27-16 win at Pittsburgh last week, with bruising back LeGarrette Blount rushing for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Blount was held in check in the first meeting, managing 54 yards on 13 carries, but Brady will likely come out throwing after amassing 1,004 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first three starts. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the first two games due to injury, has 16 receptions for 364 yards and two scores since Brady's return while running back James White has 14 catches and three TDs during the same span. The Patriots' defense is vulnerable, giving up 258.7 yards per game, but it also is permitting an AFC-low 15.3 points.


1. Brady can tie Brett Favre for the most wins (26) against one opponent since the NFL merger.

2. Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander leads the NFL with nine sacks.

3. Gronkowski has 68 career touchdowns and can set the franchise record with one more.

PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Bills 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
New England 6-1 W3 25.1 15.3 3-1 3-0 3-0 0-0 - - 5-1
Buffalo 4-3 L1 26.7 18.7 2-1 2-2 1-1 2-1 - - 1-3
Last Meeting
New England Buffalo
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/2/16 BUF 16 NE 0 277 90 187 378 134 244
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
New England J. Brissett 63.0 205 0 0
Buffalo T. Taylor 69.2 246 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
New England L. Blount 13 54 4.2 0
Buffalo L. McCoy 19 70 3.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
New England M. Bennett 5 109 21.8 0
Buffalo R. Woods 7 89 12.7 0
Touchdowns Player TD
New England R. Allen 0
Buffalo L. McCoy 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
New England T. Brady 75.2 1004 8 0
Buffalo T. Taylor 60.4 1297 9 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
New England L. Blount 143 566 4.0 8
Buffalo L. McCoy 112 598 5.3 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
New England R. Gronkowski 17 375 22.1 2
Buffalo C. Clay 24 268 11.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
New England L. Blount 8
Buffalo L. McCoy 7