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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/28: Game Night vs. the Patriots!

Previews, predictions, and matchups to watch on Monday Night Football!

The Buffalo Bills (11-3) travel to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (6-8) in Week 16 on Monday Night Football. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we get you ready for kickoff with the key matchups to watch and preview stories, game predictions, and information on how you can watch the Bills go for their first sweep of the Patriots since 1999.

We also hear the latest on where the Bills currently sit in the AFC playoff picture, break down Buffalo’s 2021 slate of opponents, take a look at how other teams have opened up their stadiums to fans during the pandemic to see how the Bills could follow suit for a home playoff game, discuss where Josh Allen fits in the franchise quarterback conversation, get the real story about where the word “fandemonium” came from and who first coined the term, and much more!


Key Matchups to Watch

3 matchups to watch: Bills at Patriots on Monday Night Football | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Three matchups to watch when the Buffalo Bills visit the New England Patriots on Monday night.

Bills at Patriots: Sal’s keys, notes and stats - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have a chance to sweep the New England Patriots for the first time since 1999 on Monday Night Football.

3 Matchups To Watch in New England Patriots’ Week 16 Game vs. Buffalo Bills - Sports Illustrated
Injury confusion could lead to interesting matchups on Monday Night Football.

Take Five: Bills can remind Patriots who’s boss in AFC East | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Don’t miss Vic Carucci’s five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game Monday at 8:15 p.m. EST against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Can Bills’ Josh Allen win chess match vs. Bill Belichick, Patriots defense? (5 things to watch) - newyorkupstate.com
Josh Allen won the first battle. Can he outsmart Bill Belichick again?

Previews, Predictions and How to Watch

Bills vs. Patriots: Preview, predictions - Democrat & Chronicle
A Buffalo Bills win on Monday would mean their first season sweep of Patriots since 1999.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills in position to sweep eliminated New England Patriots - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
A Buffalo win would mark the first time the Patriots have lost twice to an AFC East opponent in the regular season since 2000.

Bills’ best playoff path begins this weekend versus Patriots – The Athletic
The Bills now have a chance to clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win over the Patriots and help in two other games. (Subscription required.)

Buffalo Bills ready to rule AFC East with New England Patriots dethroned - ESPN.com
Head coach Sean McDermott’s Bills enter Monday’s matchup staring into a bright future as Bill Belichick’s Patriots face an uncertain offseason.

Scouting Report: Bills, Patriots on different planets when it comes to QB play | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Patriots have been noncommittal about playing quarterback Cam Newton this week—for good reason.

Bills Today | Why details matter when facing the Patriots - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Dec. 28.

NFL analysts | Bills at Patriots game predictions | Week 16 - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills are looking for their first sweep of the century against the Pats. Will it happen? Find out what the experts are predicting for Monday night.

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots odds, picks and prediction - USA Today
Previewing the Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots Week 16 betting odds and lines, with NFL betting picks, tips and predictions.

How to watch Bills at Patriots on MNF: TV channel, time, live stream information - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo will look to move to 5-0 in the AFC East when they take on the Patriots.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Preview, odds, predictions for Week 16 - newyorkupstate.com
Bills travel to Foxborough to play the Patriots on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN & ABC.

Final Injury Report

Patriots list 20 players as ‘questionable’ against Bills - WGR 550
Tight end Reggie Gilliam (knee/hamstring) is the only Buffalo Bills player ruled out of Monday night’s game at the New England Patriots. The Patriots listed 20 different players as questionable for the game.

Bills healthy, Patriots have ridiculous injury report ahead of Monday Night Football (Look) - newyorkupstate.com
This may be a case of Bill Belichick being Bill Belichick...

Playoff Positioning and Best-Case Playoff Scenarios

Updating AFC playoff picture: Bills can’t clinch No. 2 seed this week | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Buffalo can still win the No. 2 seed with wins in its final two games.

Bills mailbag: Best playoff scenarios, Super Bowl chances – The Athletic
The Bills have the fourth-best Super Bowl odds of any NFL team. (Subscription required.)

Buffalo’s 2021 Opponents Set

Bills’ opponents set for 2021, with potential 17th game still to come | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
With the Pittsburgh Steelers clinching the AFC North, the Bills’ opponents for the 2021 season are set.

Buffalo’s opponents for the 2021 NFL season have been finalized - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills will face the winners of the AFC West and AFC North next season.

Odds and Ends

Covid-19 rules for fans at NFL stadiums: Masks, ticket ‘pods,’ bans or limits on tailgating | Local News | buffalonews.com
A sampling of how other NFL stadiums have opened up to fans amid the pandemic shows how it could be handled if the state and the Bills allow fans into a playoff game.

Bills Mailbag: Where Josh Allen fits in the ‘franchise quarterback’ discussion | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills have a great opportunity to give their fans something to smile about at the start of a new year.

One-on-One Coverage: Andre Roberts on Pro Bowl selection, Bills’ success and running a restaurant | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
In the latest edition of One-on-One Coverage, The Buffalo News spoke with Roberts about his Pro Bowl selection, heading to the playoffs and more.

Alan Pergament: The folklore of ‘fan-demonium’: As Van Miller might say: Do you believe it? | Buffalo Sports | buffalonews.com
Bills fans might not know the real story about where the word “fandemonium” came from and who first coined the term.

‘They call him ‘Fitzmagic’ for a reason,’ and Fitzpatrick shows why, but Tua to start at Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Miami Dolphins (10-5) moved a half game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoff race and can clinch a Wild Card berth with a win next week against the Bills.

Dolphins to start Tua Tagovailoa vs. Bills in Week 17 despite being benched for second time - newyorkupstate.com
Miami will have the opportunity to make the playoffs in Week 17.

Empire Sports Network: An oral history of WNY’s long-lost TV sports hub | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Empire became a giant on the Western New York sports scene in the 1990s and early 2000s before signing off in 2005.

Bills play of late has impressed Michael Irvin & Steve Mariucci - BuffaloBills.com
The ‘NFL Gameday Morning’ crew debates which AFC team could stop a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl return.

Bills’ T.J. Yeldon out for Patriots game after positive Covid-19 test | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
In a statement released on Twitter, the Bills said they were informed of Yeldon’s positive test Sunday morning and placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Bills place T.J. Yeldon on Reserve/COVID-19 list - BuffaloBills.com
The backup running back will not be available to play Monday night.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills can’t get top spot, won’t clinch 2 seed in Week 16 - Buffalo Rumblings
With the Buffalo Bills playing on Monday following a game on the Saturday nine days prior, a lot has shifted in the playoff picture since Buffalo last suited up.

Crumbling their cookies: How the Buffalo Bills should attack the New England Patriots - Buffalo Rumblings
Again.

Billieve: Can Buffalo sweep NE? Previewing Week 16 - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have plenty to play for as they travel to Foxborough.

Opinion: Before any talk of rest, Buffalo Bills need to take care of business on Monday Night Football - Buffalo Rumblings
Lots of Buffalo Bills fans are talking about resting their starters in Week 17. Let’s hope the team isn’t thinking the same way.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots broadcast info, announcers, streaming, radio, television Week 16 - Buffalo Rumblings
All the ways to watch as the Bills go for the sweep of the Patriots.

Buffalo Bills opponent preview: New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson - Buffalo Rumblings
A bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season for New England.

Bills Betting Lines: Bills favored by a touchdown in Foxborough - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are a rare favorite in New England.

AFC Playoff Picture: Miami Dolphins likely to a clinch playoff spot at Bills Stadium Sunday - Buffalo Rumblings
Intrigue in Week 17.

AFC Playoff Picture: Cleveland Browns looking to end 17-year playoff drought in Week 17 - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills fans know the pain.

Buffalo Bills place T.J. Yeldon on COVID-19 reserve list - Buffalo Rumblings
The running back tested positive for coronavirus.

Buffalo Bills fan confidence can’t be higher after throttling Denver Broncos - Buffalo Rumblings
The fanbase’s confidence is high.

Wingin’ It: Buffalo Maple Turkey Nachos - Buffalo Rumblings
The return of cheater week focuses on the sauce.