The Buffalo Bills (5-9) travel to Foxboro for a 1 p.m. Eastern clash Sunday against the likely AFC East champion New England Patriots (9-5), and this will be the first time rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
The last time these two teams met, Oct. 29 in Orchard Park on Monday Night Football, Derek Anderson was the Bills’ quarterback—having been signed to bail out a quarterback-starved Buffalo team. Anderson played like a quarterback who had been chasing his children around the living room a few weeks earlier, and despite holding Tom Brady to zero passing touchdowns, the Bills suffered a 25-6 loss.
This time, Allen, fresh off his second career fourth-quarter comeback, gets his first crack at the Patriots—who come into the game losers of their last two games.
Buffalo is a 13.5-point underdog.
This will be the 118th meeting all-time between former American Football League rivals. New England owns a 73-43-1 record all-time.
Last year, the Bills dropped a 37-16 decision to the Patriots in Foxboro. Buffalo has split its last four meetings in Foxboro, winning 16-0 on Oct. 2, 2016—when Brady was suspended—and 17-9 on Dec. 28, 2014 in a game where Belichick sat many of his starters, including Brady for the entire second half.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), and Bruce Arians (sideline reporter).
Location: Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, MA
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Mark Kelso in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Friday Injury Report
- Full participant: FB Patrick DiMarco (ankle), K Stephen Hauschka (right hip), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), DE Trent Murphy (chest), TE Logan Thomas (hamstring), LB Corey Thompson (ankle), WR Deonte Thompson (Achilles), DT Kyle Williams (back).
- Limited participant: CB Ryan Lewis (concussion).
- Game-day status: Lewis has been ruled out, while Ivory is questionable.
New England Patriots
- Limited participant: LB Brandon King (knee).
- Game-day status: King is questionable.