The Buffalo Bills have another primetime game this week, as they head to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. This edition of Four Downs has plenty of information to help you get ready for kickoff.
Allen again named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
In case you missed it, Josh Allen was named the AFC offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. As the third-year quarterback continues to shine throughout this season, it will be interesting to see if he can surpass front-runners Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. While it might be a bit of a longshot, Allen will look to add to his resume this week with another nationally televised game on Monday Night Football.
Poyer snubbed for the Pro Bowl
I have said in the past that the Pro Bowl is a bit overhyped in my opinion, but I truly respect how much it means to the players. Count me among many who were shocked when Jordan Poyer was not named to the team this year, despite leading the fans’ voting among AFC safeties. Matt Parrino of NewYorkUpstate.com did a great job summarizing this slight, and how defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier even acknowledged it with Poyer. While I was happy to see five Bills named to the Pro Bowl, the omission of Poyer just does not make sense.
Pod of the Week
This week I had an opportunity to catch up with the guys at the Sunday Sports Buzz on 104.5 the Team ESPN Radio. Charlie and Rob cover the Bills on a regular basis, and allowed me to gush about the Bills following the victory over the Denver Broncos. You can catch the segment here.
Prediction: Bills 31, Patriots 17
The Patriots are dealing with a number of injuries, which eventually allow the Bills to pull ahead in the second half. The defense looks stout once again, pressuring Cam Newton throughout the game. Cole Beasley surpasses the 1,000 yard mark on the season, and Zack Moss establishes the run game for Buffalo.