Without Miller in the lineup this week, it would be a huge positive to get Rousseau, Epenesa and Edmunds back. We will get an injury update from McDermott when he speaks to media on Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight week, the Bills have gotten production out of different players on offense. Against the Browns, RB Devin Singletary and RB James Cook popped off. Against the Lions, WR Isaiah McKenzie was the one who led the way in terms of yards. The slot receiver had six catches, 96 receiving yards and one touchdown reception. This was a much-needed performance for McKenzie and the Bills offense as a whole because of what the slot does for Allen. It was also season-high numbers for McKenzie.
"I think you kind of see that week in and week out that a different guy's been stepping up and having big games for us," offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said. "And you try to design stuff and create opportunities for different guys to be primary receivers on different concepts and at times they get open, at times defenses do a good job in taking them away. So it's good to see Isaiah come up with a big game with the production that he had and really kind of take some of the pressure off of the other guys and create issues for defense with his speed and what he can do with the ball in his hands after the catch."
It wasn't just Lil Dirty who helped get things going against the Lions, Singletary was in the mix as well. Singletary was the leading running back and had 14 attempts for 72 rushing yards, averaging 5.1 yards per rush. The RB and the offense are happy to see some consistency as it's the first time this season Motor has rushed for over 70 yards in back-to-back games.
It'll be important for the Bills to have multiple options against the Patriots because they're one of the best defenses in the NFL allowing under 20 points per game and just over 300 total yards per game. New England has a top three run defense (allow 109.3 rush yards/game) and a top 10 pass defense (allow 198.5 pass yards/game).
"Obviously they're good on defense, they've been good for a long time," Dorsey said of New England. "And they do some things that obviously poses offensive problems week in and week out. So at the end of the day, it's going to come down to execution and us putting our guys in the best spot for them to feel comfortable to go out and execute at a high level against a tough division opponent on the road."
5. December weather in Foxborough
When we get into December, you never know what the weather is going to be like in Buffalo or Foxborough. You could get six feet of snow, or you could get a sunny day with temperatures in the 50s. Fortunately for the Bills and Patriots, weather right now isn't looking too terrible.
The high on Thursday is supposed to be around 44 degrees and the low at night will be around 25 degrees. Since kickoff isn't until 8:15 pm ET, the Bills can expect to be playing in the colder temps. Good news, there isn't any rain in the forecast and only winds up to 15 miles per hour.