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Week 8 Preview: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Previewing the match-up between the New England Patriots visiting the Buffalo Bills, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



NE @ BUF | LV @ CLE | LAC @ DEN | NO @ CHI | SF @ SEA | DAL @ PHI | TB @ NYG

Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions
When: 11/1 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Bills -4
Over/Under: 41
Moneyline: Patriots +180 | Bills -210

Patriots Key Injuries: Julian Edelman, WR, Knee (OUT), Stephon Gilmore, CB, Knee (Q), N’Keal Harry, WR, Concussion (Q), Damien Harris, RB, Ankle (Q), Shaq Mason, OG, Calf (Q), Lawrence Guy, DT, Ankle (Q), Kyle Dugger, S, Ankle (Q), Joe Thuney, OG, Ankle (Q), Sony Michel, RB, COVID-19 (IR)
Bills Key Injuries: Josh Norman, CB, Hamstring (D), Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Ankle (Q), Vernon Butler, DT, Groin (Q), Matt Milano, LB, Pectoral (Q), Micah Hyde, SS, Concussion (Q), Jerry Hughes, DE, Foot (Q), Cody Ford, OT, Knee (Q), Dawson Knox, TE, COVID-19 (IR),

NOTES: Quarterback Cam Newton passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns in only career game at Buf. (9/15/13 with Car.). Has 100+ rating in three of his past four vs. AFC East. Ranks tied-second among quarterbacks with five rush touchdowns and fourth with 244 rush yards this season. Running back Damien Harris led team with 70 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 12 receiving) last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in two of his past three. Running back James White has 5+ catches in two of his past three. Has 5+ catches in three of four career games at Buf. Has receiving touchdown in two of his past three on road. Since 2016, leads all running backs in receiving touchdowns (20) and ranks second in catches (294) and third in receiving yards (2,512). Running back Rex Burkhead had 97 scrimmage yards (career-high 77 receiving, 20 rush) and rush touchdown in last meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in three of his past four vs. Buf. Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers set season highs in catches (five) and receiving yards (47) last week. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore had season-high six tackles last week. Had pass defended in last meeting. Aims for his fifth in row vs. division with pass defended. Had 62 pass defended, 14 interceptions and four forced fumbles in five seasons with Buf. (2012-16). Cornerback J.C. Jackson aims for third in row with interception and fifth in row with a pass defended. Aims for his third in row vs. Buf. with two passes defended. Has interceptions in two of is past three vs. Buf. Safety Devin McCourty had season-high eight tackles and interception in Week 7. Aims for third in row with 5+ tackles. Had interception in last road meeting. Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy had sack last week.

Quarterback Josh Allen passed for 307 yards and 90 rating and rushed for season-high 61 yards last week. Passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns for 102.7 rating and rushed for 43 yards in last meeting. Has 1,034 pass yards (344.7 per game) and seven touchdowns (six pass, one rush) for 111.4 rating in three games vs. division this season. Aims for his fourth in row at home with 2+ touchdown passes. Running back Devin Singletary has 50+ scrimmage yards in five of his past six at home. Rookie Running back Zack Moss had career-high 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 receiving) last week. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs aims for his fifth in row with 6+ catches. Had five catches in only career game vs. NE (12/2/18 with Min.). Has 8+ catches and 85+ receiving yards in two of his past three vs. AFC East. Aims for third in row at home with touchdown catch. Leads AFC with 603 receiving yards and ties for lead with 48 catches. Wide receiver John Brown had touchdown catch in last meeting. Aims for his sixth in row vs. division with receiving touchdown. Wide receiver Cole Beasley had career-high 11 catches for 112 yards last week. Had seven catches for 108 yards in last meeting. Aims for his third in row vs. NE with 7+ catches and 75+ receiving yards. Safety Jordan Power had five tackles, sack and pass defended last week. Had 11 tackles and forced fumble in last meeting. Aims for his third in row vs. NE with forced fumble. Aims for third in row vs. division with sack. Rookie cornerback Dane Jackson had two passes defended and interception in first career game last week. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds had tackle for loss last week. Defensive end Jerry Hughes had two sacks, forced fumble and interception in Week 7. Only player with two sacks and interception in game this season. Aims for his third in row vs. division with pass defended.

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