The Buffalo Bills (3-0) have a golden opportunity to prove they belong among the league’s undefeated teams when the Bills welcome Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots (3-0) to New Era Field for a 1 p.m. clash Sunday afternoon.
Both of these teams have racked up a perfect start to the season after feasting on underwhelming opponents, with Buffalo (teams’ combined record of 1-8) and New England (teams’ combined record of 0-9) combining to beat up on teams that sport a 1-17 record through three weeks.
Buffalo’s defense must prove it’s up to the task of slowing down Brady and the Patriots. New England ranks second in the NFL in scoring average (35.3) and passing yards per game (311.3) while racking up 72 first downs and allowing only 32 first downs this year.
The Bills currently rank first in both yards allowed per drive (24.8) and percentage of drives ending in a three-and-out (36.2), and are tied for second in turnover percentage (16.1). They are third in points allowed per drive (1.51), percentage of drives ending in a touchdown (17.1), and percentage of drives ending in points (28.1).
This will be the 119th meeting all-time between Buffalo and New England, with the Patriots holding a 74-43-1 lead in the series. New England swept the season series in 2018, prevailing by a score of 25-6 in a Monday Night showdown in Buffalo, and 24-12 in Foxboro.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WRBG 6 in Albany and Utica, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst), and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter)
Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, NY
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 Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Limited participant: OL Jon Feliciano (neck), WR Robert Foster (groin), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), WR Zay Jones (shoulder), RB Devin Singletary (hamstring), CB Tre’Davious White (neck).
- Did not practice: TE Tyler Kroft (ankle), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), LB Corey Thompson (ankle).
New England Patriots
- Full participant: T Marcus Cannon (shoulder), G Joe Thuney (shoulder)
- Limited participant: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Nate Ebner (groin), WR Julian Edelman (chest), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), TE Ryan Izzo (calf), TE Matt LaCosse (ankle)
- Did not practice: T Marshall Newhouse (illness).