Patriots vs Bills Preview: Gronk Says Buffalo Is Going to Be 'Rocking, Popping and Electric' Monday Night
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It’s that wonderful time of the year again when the New England Patriots head north almost to Canada to take on the Buffalo Bills and their angry hordes of fans.
The cold and windy showdown at New Era Stadium is this week’s “Monday Night Football” game on ESPN so the whole country will be able to experience it in primetime glory.
With Gronk back at practice after missing the Bears game, the hometown hero is expected to be on the field to once again avenge Buffalo for passing over him in the 2010 draft. As SB Nation’s Buffalo Rumblings so aptly put it “Rob Gronkowski is elite … and water is wet.”
Gronk loves nothing more than to torment his hometown team, he’s caught 66 passes for more 1,027 yards and 12 TDs against the Bills … which is more than against any other team in the league.
“I feel good,” Rob told reporters this week. “One step at a time. Doing whatever I need to do to get back on the field.”
"It's always special to play where you grew up," he went on to say. "You can't ask for a better football atmosphere. It's going to be rocking there, popping and it's going to be one of the most electric atmospheres you can get in football."
Rob Gronkowski Live Press Conference 10/27: https://t.co/aKXJwy90dR— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 27, 2018
The Bills are 2-5 so far this season after making it to the first round of the playoffs in 2017 (oh how cute!) and are reeling from a 37-5 loss to the Colts last week, while the Pats are top of the AFC East and coming off a hot streak of high-scoring victories.
The Pats are 72-43-1 against the Bills, who have been tackling internal grievances and a QB crisis yet again as Derek Anderson takes the reins from injured rookie Josh Allen. The last time the two northeastern rivals met, the Bills gave Pats fans an early Christmas present on Dec. 24 with New England securing a 37-16 win at Gillette.
While nothing is guaranteed especially in a divisional matchup, Brady has a preeeeeety good record against the Bills, to say the least. In 31 games, the G.O.A.T has completed 64.4% of his passes for 7,798 touchdowns, 68 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, and 101.3 quarterback rating.
Don’t plan on seeing rookie receiver Sony Michel suited up, but at least Julian Edelman is back, and both Josh Gordon and Chris Hogan began to get into their groove against the Chicago Bears.
Of course, one factor that can be more brutal to face than the Buffalo D is the beer-swilling, table-smashing Bills Mafia.
“It’s obviously going to be negative energy towards us but you’re talking about ‘Monday Night Football,’ in Buffalo, for a division game. I think one thing I’ve learned here is every time we go on the road to play a team in a big game, it changes for that team,” Devin McCourty said, according to Patriots.com. “So like it’s not like they’re coming in here 2-5 like, ‘Let’s get this game over with.’ They’re like, ‘This is where we turn our season around. We beat the Patriots on ‘Monday Night Football,’ we turn it around.’ Being 2-5 and 5-2 in this league, it’s different but you go on a winning streak, you have a totally different season.
“When we get there, that stadium’s going to be packed, we’re going to be getting booed, we’re going to get the middle fingers. It’s going to be a high-energy atmosphere,” he added.
Earlier this week, Brady took the drunken bull by the horns by taunting the Bills Mafia in an Instagram video that no doubt had them reaching for their PBR in disgust.
Here we come!
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