Event: New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills - NFL Regular Season, Week 3.
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium (Capacity: 73,079), Orchard Park, NY.
Broadcast Info: Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bills will be aired on CBS (Channel 4), with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling all of the action. The game can also be seen on Channel 717 on DIRECTV.
In addition, the game can be heard on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship station of the Patriots. The lengendary duo of Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti will serve as the broadcast team. The game can also be heard on SIRIUS Radio, Channel 86.
Last Week: Tom Brady and the Patriots opened up their home schedule last week with a resounding 35-21 over the San Diego Chargers. Brady had his second consecutive game with at least 400 yards passing and also threw three touchdown passes. Deion Branch led the team in receiving with 172 yards on 10 catches.
Buffalo continued its early season success last week with a wild come from behind win over the Oakland Raiders. After trailing 21-3 at the half, the Bills scored 35 second half points including a game winning touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to David Nelson with just 14 seconds remaining. Fred Jackson powered the Bills offense with 117 yards on the ground along with two scores.
Players To Watch: For the Patriots, the players to will be on the defensive line. The Buffalo Bills have the NFL's top ranked rushing attack, averaging 193 yards per game. With Albert Haynesworth ruled out for today's game, a lot of pressure will be on Shaun Ellis, Vince Wilfork, and Andre Carter to slow down the ground game.
For the Bills, cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin and Drayton Florence will be under the biggest microscope as they attempt to slow down the receivers in the Patriots high powered offense. McKelvin and Florence will be lined up against Wes Welker and Deion Branch throughout the day.
Storyline: The Bills are one of the league's biggest surprises through the first two weeks thanks to an offense that leads the league in rushing and has run up an average of 39.5 points per game through the first two weeks. With the Patriots offense also clicking on all cylinders, it's hard to envision anything but a shootout in this one.
Game Preview: Check out Tanya Fox's preview of Sunday's game here.
Prediction: The Patriots front seven should be able to get enough hits on Ryan Fitzpatrick to slow the Bills down just enough. Final Score: Patriots 42, Chargers 30.