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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Three headlines for the big AFC East match-up

Two undefeated teams go head-to-head at New Era Field

Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills take on division foe and fellow undefeated team, the New England Patriots this Sunday. It will be the Bills’ second straight game at New Era Field and the home crowd is sure to be loud. Here are three headlines for the big AFC East match-up.

Bills looking for rare win over the Patriots

The Bills have not beaten the Patriots in a game that meant something for both teams and featured both teams at full strength since September 23rd, 2011. That game was played at Ralph Wilson Stadium and Ryan Fitzpatrick was throwing touchdowns to Stevie Johnson. In short, it’s been a bit.

Josh Allen vs. Bill Belichick

Josh Allen has looked much improved in his second year in the league, but there have been moments where he’s made potentially costly mistakes. Bill Belichick will undoubtedly look to force Allen into making more of those mistakes. The Bills’ defense is one of the best in the league, but they’re going up against Tom Brady. Allen will need to limit the costly mistakes if the defense hopes to contain Brady and the Patriots’ offense.

How many key offensive players will be missing for the Patriots?

The Patriots’ offense has already weathered losing three starters (David Andrews, Isaiah Wynn, and N’Keal Harry) to IR. Joining them this week is a fourth starter—fullback James Develin. Also making an appearance on the injury report is their leading wide receiver, Julian Edelman. Edleman sat out the second half of the Pats’ Week 3 game against the New York Jets with a chest injury. He was listed as a limited participant in the team’s first practice of the week on Wednesday. The Bills will catch a big break if Brady’s favorite target cannot play.