'3 and out': Biggest causes of concern vs. Bills

'3 and out': Biggest causes of concern vs. Bills
September 4, 2013, 9:30 pm
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While most people think the Patriots opener against the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday will be a cakewalk, Mike Giardi and CSNNE Patriots insider Tom E. Curran offer three areas that could be a cause for concern for New England.

1). Youth: Curran points out that the Patriots roster is "dotted" with young players who will have prominent roles on offense and defense. Not the least of which are the young receivers.

"Guys who are going to be put in position where the ball is in the air, headed their way and anytime the ball is in the air, there can be a game-changing play," said Curran, recalling when Aaron Dobson was knocked off a rout in a preseason game against the Lions and that resulted in an interception.

2). The unexpected: The Bills have a first-year coach in ex-Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and a first-year quarterback in E.J. Manuel. Their unfamiliarity could be a bonuses. Curran points out that the don't have the weight of a recent history in which the Patriots have dominated the Bills on them.

3) Tight end Scott Chandler: Chandler had a big game against New England last year. "Traditionally, the Patriots have had a difficult time covering tight ends," Curran said. "Whoever ends up on him has to do a good job."

Curran also gave a nod to the Bills other offensive playmakers, wide receiver Stevie Johnson and running back C.J. Spiller. They, too, can't be ignored.