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The final “Monday Night Football” game of the 2020 season shows the team that ran AFC East for the past two decades versus the side that is sure to want to mimic that dominance in the next two

The New England Patriots have long ruled the division, but the Buffalo Bills have already banned the division crown for this season.New England won’t even make the playoffs but has the chance to take Buffalo’s chances at No. 1 to spoil 2 seeds by peeling off a perturbation

After a couple of weeks in the off-season, when he was definitely in a doldrums, Josh Allen has returned to a rhythm against three strong defenses in recent weeks. Against the 49ers, Steelers and Broncos, Allen completed 84 of 123 passes ( 683 percent) for 972 yards (79 per try), eight touchdowns, an interception and a 110 rating from 2 passers-by while only taking three sacks and rushing 15 times for 72 yards and two more points, so he should be in a much better place his if he takes on that defense in New England than he was the last time he broke off from two consecutive, battle-filled appearances against the Chiefs and Jets

But does it really help you to be in a better rhythm against a defense led by Bill Belichick? Justin Herbert was at a goddamned rhythm before facing the Pats a few weeks ago and New England embarrassed him Allen had been terrible on his previous starts against New England as well: he’s 57 out of 113 (50) 4 in four games Percent) for 732 yards (65 per try), with three touchdowns against six interceptions He hasn’t been able to solve them yet.Of course, he’s a far better player this year than he was his first or second NFL season, and this Bills offense is far better than in these seasons

Perhaps the biggest reason for this is the presence of Stefon Diggs, who does not have to deal with Stephon Gilmore’s shadow coverage in this matchup as Gilmore went into an injured reserve after a partially torn quadriceps could he shadow coverage of “No 2” Corner JC. Jackson, suppose he fits despite the knee injury he’s been dealing with all week? Will Belichick decide to cling to Diggs, have Jackson try to erase John Brown (or Gabriel Davis if Brown doesn’t return from his own injury) and put Jonathan Jones in the slot on Cole Beasley? Or could the Patriots try something else entirely, like just playing sides with the corners or using Jason McCourty at Diggs and trying to be more physical with him?

The key to containing Allen will be to apply pressure while not allowing him to escape outside – especially not to his right, according to Pro Football Focus and Tru Media, Allen has thrown 366 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions If he could escape the pressure on the right side of the field to his left, it’s 160 yards, two touchdowns and a selection Getting into his line of sight without being able to roll right and load the cannon on his arm is key To Stop the Buffalo Attack According to the PFF and Tru Media, the Patriots have put in below average pressure this year, scooping a sack, hit or rush on 328 percent of opposing dropbacks against a league average of 376 percent
Given the Bills ‘propensity for passing, the Patriots may actually want to try and get them going, despite the New England defense ranking 32nd in Football Outsiders’ DVOA Urgent Defense Takes place in the league Neither Devin Singletary nor Zack Moss have done so well this season, and both players have looked ineffective more times than they have shown they can carry the offensive for an extended period of time to play lightboxes and dare Running Buffalo while battling Allen’s ability to throw down the field may be a smart game for the Pats, but it takes a lot of discipline that is usually a staple of Belichick defense, but this year’s session wasn’t quite like that solid like previous versions

Cam Newton has five touchdowns and ten interceptions a year, and has fired more than 7 percent of his dropbacks (He has 11 rushing scores) Jakobi Meyers is the only receiver who has done something all year, and most of his Production Was Produced In Two Games Damien Harris Is Injured And Classified As Questionable Sony Michel Broke A Big Run This Year And Did Pretty much Nothing Else James White has had the worst yards per receiving mark since his rookie year

To make matters worse, the Buffalo Defense has been getting in shape lately.Since returning from their parting, the bills have kept three of their four opponents below 20 points, forcing and determining six turnovers in four games that their yards per game have dropped an average of 3737 to just 312. Some of that obviously has to do with playing Nick Mullens, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Lock in the past three weeks, but it’s a good sign nonetheless

Really, but it’s very simple. If the Patriots are unable to get their power running game off the ground and hold their own against Buffalo’s defensive front, they likely won’t see much for offensive success we’ve had since Haven’t seen week 2 that their passing game figured out anything and there is no reason to believe they will do it here against a high profile opponent

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