• New England has won six straight games, vaulting to first place in the AFC East.
  • The Patriots lead the all-time series 76-45-1, but the Bills won both meetings between the teams last season.
  • This game will feature two of the top 10 scoring offenses, with the Bills having the league’s second-highest by averaging 29.6 points per game, while the Patriots are second at 28 per contest.

New England has shaken off the early developmental issues with having rookie quarterback Mac Jones under center and have won six straight games, five of them by double figures, to improve to 8-4 on the season. Buffalo sits a half-game behind New England and found its groove on offense by beating up the Saints 31-6 on Thanksgiving Day to move to 7-4.

Patriots vs Bills Matchup at a Glance

Patriots Preview: Belichick back in the saddle

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has built a nearly perfectly balanced offense to develop a team capable of frustrating nearly any defense. New England has compiled the 10th most passing yards with 2,880 and ninth-most rushing yards with 1,384. Quarterback Mac Jones continued to show his efficiency against the Titans last week. He passed for 310 yards and two scores in the Patriots’ 36-13 victory.

New England’s defense has also caused major headaches for opponents, ranking second in the league with 25 takeaways. The Patriots have only allowed one opponent — the Chargers scored 24 in the Patriots’ 27-24 victory on Oct. 31 — to score more than 20 points during their winning streak.

Bills Preview: Fighting off old demons

Buffalo got over the hump by beating the Patriots twice to win their first AFC East crown since 1995 last season. This year hasn’t always been smooth for the Bills. While quarterback Josh Allen has racked up the yards, compiling 3,071 through 11 games, he has thrown 10 interceptions, including two in Buffalo’s 31-6 win over the Saints last week. Buffalo leans heavily on Allen and its passing game. The Bills top rusher is Devin Singletary, who has compiled 459 yards on 98 carries.

The Bills will need to lean on its excellent defense to make sure they continue their recent success against New England. Buffalo is tied with New England for second in the league with 25 takeaways and is first in total yardage allowed with 3,027 yards total allowed to its opponent.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This Football Game

New England has covered the spread in its past six games and is 8-4 against the spread this season. The Patriots are 6-3 against the spread in their past nine games against the Bills. Buffalo is 6-4-1 against the spread. Both teams average nearly 30 points per game, but the over-under is 44.

While New England prefers to run the ball, Jones has shown more proficiency passing during the past month-and-a-half. If the Patriots can continue to move the ball effectively and force Allen into making mistakes, New England may be able to steal one on the road and set up an interesting division race down the stretch. Buffalo should win, but the Patriots will cover the spread.

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