Week 17: Buffalo Bills
E.J. Manuel will likely be back in place as the Bills' starting quarterback after a knee injury sidelined him Oct. 3 against the Cleveland Browns The Bills (3-6) have gone 1-3 without him.
This is a team that, despite its losing record, has competed well over the course of the season and has one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. Buffalo’s passing game, which wasn't exactly optimal with Manuel under center, has been the root cause for concern.
Running backs Fred Jackson (502 yards, 6 TDs) and C.J. Spiller (478 yards, 1 TD) continue to impress in their dual roles, and linebacker Kiko Alonso (89 tackles, 4 interceptions) has performed exceptionally well. But, like most of the NFL, all the good that occurs for the Buffalo Bills happens few and far between the bad. They Bills have a 16 giveaways this season (8 fumbles, 8 interceptions). It's just a team bereft with inconsistency.
Who wins: Patriots
Record after game: 12-4