For the third time this season, the AFC East-champion Buffalo Bills (11-6) and New England Patriots (10-7) face off in a big AFC East matchup. This time, it happens during the Super Wild Card Weekend. The game is slated for 8:15 p.m. EST, Saturday at Highmark Stadium. They split games this season; both played during December, so the squads are very familiar with each other. New England won 14-10 at Buffalo Dec. 6, while Buffalo took care of business with a 33-21 road victory Dec. 26, as the two went back-and-forth atop the AFC East. The Patriots have won four of the last five in Buffalo — the one loss coming last season. Granted, New England has looked very different at quarterback the past two seasons.
In its early December win, Patriots QB Mac Jones attempted just three passes, completing two for 19 yards in poor, windy weather conditions. Instead, they relied on RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, who combined for 34 carries. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the ultimate game master; him relying heavily on the ground game and not on his rookie quarterback tonight would not be surprising. Weather — at least very cold temps — will play a factor again. While wind is only predicted at 5 m.p.h., it’s expected to be just 4 degrees.