When the Patriots have the ball
The Bills have good players in their front-seven – Manny Lawson, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams – but they were 31st in the league last year against the run. The Patriots – as always – will want to be diverse offensively but establishing an offensive identity as a team that can play “tougher than thou” when it wants to means they are going to pound Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount a fair amount. Expect them to work the body with the run and Danny Amendola in the intermediate before going to the head down the field. Amendola, Thompkins, Sudfeld, Ridley, Vereen and Blount will be the names I’m expecting to be featured. And Brady. Brady will be involved. Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was with the Jets long enough to have plenty of experience seeing Brady flustered and also having him kick his defense’s ass up and down the field. It’s not a stretch to think Pettine was hired in Buffalo specifically to bother Brady and the Patriots offense. Big day for him in Western New York.