The Buffalo Bills (10-4) get another chance to make a statement before a national audience when the Bills travel to face their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots (11-3) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
One week after clinching at least the No. 5 seed in the AFC thanks to a 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, Buffalo has a date with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the first-place Patriots in Week 16 with the AFC East crown still on the line.
For the first time since the 2008 season, the Patriots have not wrapped up the AFC East divisional title heading into Week 16.
Buffalo can still win the division by winning out (the Bills host the New York Jets in Week 17) combined with the Patriots losing out to the Bills and the Miami Dolphins in Week 17. One loss by Buffalo or one win by New England clinches the division for the Patriots.
Saturday’s matchup is sure to be a low-scoring affair, as these two teams rank 1-2 in scoring defense with New England allowing 12.93 points per game, and Buffalo allowing 15.86 points per game.
The Patriots defense surrenders the fewest yards per game (268.4), with the Bills defense allowing the third-fewest yards (291.9). New England also ranks first in fewest total touchdowns allowed (16), while the Bills rank second in passing touchdowns allowed (13).
This will be the 120th meeting all-time between Buffalo and New England, with the Patriots holding a 75-43-1 lead in the series.
New England picked off Josh Allen three times and used a blocked punt for a touchdown to record a 16-10 win over Buffalo in Week 4 at New Era Field. Micah Hyde picked off Brady in the end zone and the Bills’ defense held Brady in check, as the future Hall of Famer completed only 18 of 39 passes (46.2 percent) for 150 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Dynamic rookie running back Devin Singletary was sidelined with a hamstring injury in the first meeting this year, but will be on the field as a valuable weapon Saturday afternoon.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on the NFL Network and on ABC’s WKBW 7 in Buffalo.
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst) and Peter Schrager (sideline reporter).
Location: Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, Mass.
Radio: Nationally broadcast on Westwood One. Locally broadcast on 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 Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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- Limited participant Thursday: DT Corey Liguet (knee).
- Did not practice Thursday: OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle).
New England Patriots
- Full participant: DL Danny Shelton (shoulder).
- Limited participant: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder), CB Jason McCourty (groin).
- Did not practice: DB Jonathan Jones (groin).