Monday Night Football : Tom Brady is great at a lot of things — but few of them are as notable as his utter destruction of the Buffalo Bills over the course of his career. The New England Patriots have a 28-3 record against the Bills in Brady’s starts, and he’ll get a chance to add to that total when the Patriots play at New Era Field on Monday Night Football, beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN).
New England began their season with a narrow win over the Texans followed by consecutive losses to the Jaguars and Lions. But they picked up from there, and earned a quality win over the Chiefs during their ongoing four-game winning streak. Their most recent win was over the defensively-tough Bears.
The Bills are living the rookie quarterback life, or at least they were until Josh Allen hurt his elbow and missed the last game. He’ll miss this one too, and Derek Anderson will be starting under center. Anderson completed 20 of 31 passes for 175 yards and three interceptions in his one start thus far.
Below is all you need to know for Monday’s game.
Time, TV, and streaming info
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: New Era Field, Bufallo, N.Y.
Odds: The Patriots opened as significant 13-point favorites, and it’s gone up to 15 points on some books throughout the week.
Patriots vs. Bills news
Fortunately for the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy has cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to start against the Patriots.
In other injury news, the Bills ruled out Trent Murphy and Taiwan Jones on their final injury report.
For the Patriots, they ruled out Jacob Hollister, Eric Rowe and Brian Schwenke. The more interesting name is running back Sony Michel, who is listed as doubtful. As usual, they’ve also listed a slew of players as questionable.
Check out the latest Billieve podcast for a preview of Monday’s game.
Derek Anderson will become the 13th Bills quarterback to start a game against the Bill Belichick-coached Patriots.
Things are going well in the defensive backfield for the Patriots.
Patriots vs. Bills prediction
In SB Nation’s Week 8 NFL picks, all seven experts picking games think the Patriots will win. The OddsShark computer joins them, while the coin flip also landed on New England for a full shutout.