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NFL Week 8 Monday Night Football: Bills vs Patriots

The Monday Night game this week features a lopsided matchup as the struggling Bills face off against the almighty Patriots, who have owned them for pretty much the last two decades. The Bills will get a chance to reverse that trend on Monday in front of a national audience, but can they do it? History and common sense say no, but in the unpredictable world of NFL Football, anything can happen, right? Be sure to check out our football betting odds on this and all the week 8 NFL games. Make a wager now!

Tom Brady holds NFL career-wins record by a quarterback against one opponent with 28-3 record vs. Buffalo. The Patriots are coming off win against Bears last week, and are currently on a three-game win streak. With a win on Monday, they will complete their 24th undefeated month since the year 2000, which is also an NFL record. Indianapolis is 2nd in that span with 15. With two touchdown passes, Tom Brady can tie Drew Brees (50) for third-most TD passes on Monday Night Football in NFL history.

Even with all the history in their favor, Head Coach Bill Belichick said that his team is not taking Monday Night's game lightly:

"Defensively, this has been a really impressive group," Belichick said of the Bills on Wednesday. "They don't give up many yards, turn the ball over, really good up front, make a lot of negative plays, sack the quarterback, tackles for loss, turnovers."

Injury-wise for the Pats, Rob Gronkowski (back) wasn't at practice Wednesday. RB Sony Michel (knee) is probably out, and RT Marcus Cannon (concussion) is still a question.

The Bills do boast an impressive defense considering their losing record this season. They rank in the top 10 in less passing yards allowed and sacks. Still, they are coming off a loss to the Colts in which they failed to force a single turnover and allowed a season-high four TDs passing. Overall on the season, The Bills have surrendered 13 passing TD's — which is one short of last year's total.

The Bills' offense is not helping whatsoever. Their 81 points through seven games are fewest since 1977 (75 points) and third fewest in team history. Buffalo also hasn't topped 20 first downs in seven straight games, matching worst streak since first seven games of 2007.

To add fuel to the fire, Bills QB Derek Anderson will be starting amid injury questions. Anderson started his first game of the season last week after rookie QB Josh Allen went down with an injury in week 6. Until the game against the Colts, Anderson had not started an NFL game since 2010. Last Sunday he had three interceptions plus a lost fumble against the Colts. The only other injury question is RB LeSean McCoy, who is on concussion protocol but will likely play Monday.

Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll summed up what the Bills and their fans are feeling lately in a statement issued to the press on Monday: "Nobody wants to be where we are at."

New England is 22-2 vs. Bills since 2000, 72-43-1 all-time in head to head matchups dating back to 1960. The last matchup was a 37-16 Pats victory in December of 2017.

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