Patriots getting ready for “biggest game of the year”

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The Patriots skated past the Bengals on Sunday afternoon and the Bills outlasted the Steelers on Sunday night, which means that both of the AFC East clubs will be playing in the postseason this year.

Where they’ll be playing once the playoffs arrive remains an open question, however. The Patriots are trying to lock down a division title and a bye through the Wild Card round with two games left in the season.

The Bills can make those things more difficult by beating the Patriots next Saturday and the stakes of that game aren’t lost on Patriots safety Duron Harmon.

“Humongous. It’s the biggest game of the year,” Harmon said, via the Boston Herald.

The Patriots won 13-10 in Buffalo earlier this season. Another win would sew up the division, but the seeding will remain in doubt if the Chiefs knock off the Bears next Sunday night.

41 responses to “Patriots getting ready for “biggest game of the year”

  1. Brady does not look right. The eye test doesn’t lie.

    Yeah Father Time and all but there is lots of juice left in his arm as that TD pass showed. It’s something else. The elbow injury would explain a lot…we all know he will play in less than ideal health and not make a big deal out of it – saw it in SB 42 with a high ankle sprain…

    The offense need an identity and it starts now. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Brady can really be part of it with the shape he is in.

  2. Common sense would be to strip away from them every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    Ban belichick and Kraft permanently

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated

  3. They already had their biggest game of the year. The cheaters got Shellacked by the Ravens(and Chiefs)

  4. Common sense would be to strip away from them every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    Ban belichick and Kraft permanently

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated.

  5. Where are all of the folks chirping about how weak the AFC East is? Buffalo is 6-1 on the road this year and is going to be a very tough out for anyone who draws them in January. Apart from their loss to the Eagles, Buffalo has played everyone, including New England and Baltimore, very tough this year.

  6. It’s going to be a good one! Bills always play tough against the Pats and eventually something will give. In the meantime, the Pats need the Bye.

    Go Pats!

  7. Pretty simple for the Pats…. win out & you get a bye along with the #2 seed & will host a playoff game…..PLAYOFFS start Saturday for them…..

  8. It would be funny, and probably never happen, if the league gave the Pats a the college death sentence for their repeated, unrepentant, cheating.

    Gotta love the video of the Pats video guys illegally cheating they showed on Sunday where the Pats video guy volunteered to delete the incriminating video if it would make everything go away.

    Bill, of course, knows nothing of this except for his locked room full of video tapes at the facility which have nothing to do with the documentary guys.

  9. eagleswin says:
    December 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Gotta love the video of the Pats video guys illegally cheating they showed on Sunday where the Pats video guy volunteered to delete the incriminating video if it would make everything go away.
    ==========================
    As opposed to legally cheating?

  10. Really looking forward to it. Playing the Pats in their house is the ultimate test – are the Bills ready to take that next step?

    Unfortunately, they’ll likely fall just short of taking the division this year. But this game could set the tone for years to come, and they could cost the Pats a bye, which would be huge.

    Regardless, it’s cool to see the division go down to the final 2 weeks, instead of seeing New England wrap it up in November.

  11. Everyone who plays the Patriots from here on out should conduct an internal investigation to see who was filming their sidelines. So far, Belicheat was able to beat the Bengals yesterday thanks to the videotape. Who knows how many other tapes he’s commissioned this year.

  12. Have to get the run game going against the Bills to win this one. Bills offense may be vanilla but the defense will constantly pressure Brady. It won’t be like yesterday where the qb hands over a bunch of picks to secure the game.

  13. When the Bills lose yet again to the Pats this weekend the Bills fanboys will blame it on cheating, they have the excuse ready.

  14. 4personalitytheories says:
    December 16, 2019 at 7:03 am
    They already had their biggest game of the year. The cheaters got Shellacked by the Ravens(and Chiefs)

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    Those aren’t the biggest games of the year. They were for those 2 teams. Playing the Patriots is always the biggest game of the year for everyone facing them. They go nuts if they win a rare one, and the Patriots learn from the loss to quietly get stronger for when the real season starts for them in the playoffs.

    The biggest game of the year for the Pats is the Super Bowl—the one you sit down and reluctantly watch them in every year while your team is out playing golf.

  15. How can this be considered cheating again when the cameraman went rogue and taped the Bengal sidelines on his own? Patriots had no intention of using this. He has already been suspended. Patriot haters trying to make something out of nothing

  16. danny woodson says:
    December 16, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Common sense would be to strip away from them every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    Ban belichick and Kraft permanently

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated
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    Sure- i hope that includes stripping the Saints and Brees of their lone SB win. Biggest cheating ever- Coordinator kicked out, Head Coach KICKED out of the league for a year- a full year- how many games has Bill been suspended for- answer= 0. Oh, and the Saints can’t win anything since their cheating scandal. Can’t win without Brees and Peyton cheating.

    See how silly all this can be made to sound?

    Only the NFL and Cinci have the card/tape- how exactly does Jay Glazer have a copy? Seems like that also needs an “investigation” too, no?

  17. Brady does not look right. The eye test doesn’t lie.

    Yeah Father Time and all but there is lots of juice left in his arm as that TD pass showed. It’s something else. The elbow injury would explain a lot

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    I think theres something wrong with the elbow. His passes are off target a lot, right/left/high/low – even the short ones (which some guys here will say are all of his passes).

  18. Bills are in the playoffs second time in 3 years…if we want to make any kind of run, we have to show we can beat them in Foxboro….hoping for a good game, and would like to see Allen much more comfortable in his second look at them this season…Daboll’s use of the FB vs Pit definitely helped reduce the pressure…let the haters hate, we’re in and playing with house money. Go Bills!

  19. So far, Belicheat was able to beat the Bengals yesterday thanks to the videotape

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    Yeah, the tape was confiscated by the Bengals/NFL in the press box, so how did the Pats end up using that tape?

    I swear, some of you guys cant think….

  20. joker65 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 10:15 am
    Brady does not look right. The eye test doesn’t lie.

    Yeah Father Time and all but there is lots of juice left in his arm as that TD pass showed. It’s something else. The elbow injury would explain a lot

    ___

    I think theres something wrong with the elbow. His passes are off target a lot, right/left/high/low – even the short ones (which some guys here will say are all of his passes).

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    Agreed. And you know he will never bring it up or make excuses.

    There’s a good reason why guys like Justin Tuck called Brady the physically toughest QB he has ever faced.

    Compound that with the mess on the right side of the OL, TE and banged up receivers and it’s a recipe for an offense that hasn’t been themselves for a while.

  21. It is good to see the Bills playing well. They just keep winning games the talking heads say they won’t.

    To bad a few Bills fans can’t help jumping on the Pats win because they cheat bandwagon. It’s disrespectful and inane. No NFL team understands better than the Bills how great a tram the Patriots have been Over the last 19 years. Literally, they have the greatest winning record in NFL history. No team ever consistently came back to win from behind like the Patriots.

    I expect a great game this Saturday despite the shortcomings of both teams because neither quits.

  22. McDermott would be my choice as Coach of the Year. He has done it with less and he has done it on the road.

  23. This game is actually more important to the Patriots. A Patriot loss would mentally have them thinking Buffalo is taking over the division. For Buffalo they just need to find more offensive continuity, play a complete game. Buffalo will worry about New England if and when they meet in the AFC championship.

  24. Whoever compared the Pats cheating scandals with the scandal in NO has conflated two very different types of offenses.

  25. Good for the Bills and their fans. Like to see other teams from the afc east in the playoffs. Will be a close tough battle. Their fans have been long suffering. Whoever wins we hope no more injuries occur. AFC. East represent. Go Pats.

  26. Ban belichick and Kraft permanently
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    for the rest of your life you’ll have to live with Belichick and Brady being acknowledged as the greatest coach and qb of all time. Enjoy.

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