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Preparing For The Buffalo Bills Week 2 Opponent: Scouting The New England Patriots

The Patriots flexed their muscles in Thursday Night's season opening win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is what Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills learned about their week two opponent...

The New England Patriots "Gronked" their way to a 1-0 record during last Thursday night's season opening win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is what Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills learned about their week two opponent...

In case you missed it, Rob Gronkowski is really good

The Patriots made it look like Rob Gronkowski was playing in non-contact drills against the Steelers. Rarely in my life have I seen a player more consistently open in a single NFL game. Even when an defense actually bothers to cover Gronkowski, he is difficult to defend. The Buffalo Bills will have their hands full against arguably the best tight end in the game. Even former Bills star linebacker Darryl Talley couldn't believe how open Gronk was on Thursday night:

Tom Brady actually has two tight ends that can make plays

Tom Brady threw a combined 4 TD's to his tight ends against the Steelers. Bills fans are very familiar with both Patriots tight ends, if there is such a thing as an advantage while preparing to play the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski actually played high school football for the Williamsville North Spartans, a Buffalo suburb, before transferring his senior year to Woodland Hills HS in Pennsylvania. Scott Chandler was a member of the Bills until he was cut this offseason and signed by the Patriots. As much as the Chandlers hated leaving Buffalo, Scott would love to give Buffalo some reasons to regret cutting him.

The Patriots also have wide receivers; FYI

Patriots wideout Julian Edelman quietly caught 11 passes for 97 yards against the Pittsburgh defense, when they were busy not covering Rob Gronkowski. Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson along with Edelman will eat up yards if the Bills put too many defenders on Gronkowski. Brian Tyms is actually listed as the #3 WR for the Patriots, so as usual, Belichick's personnel decisions will be a mystery until game day.

The running game

Just like nobody expected, Bill Belichick started Dion Lewis who went on to gain 120 yards rushing/receiving. Lewis is in a backfield expected to be led by bruiser LeGarrette Blount and running back Brandon Bolden. Much like the Bills, the Patriots have a blend of differing styles they can choose from in their running backs throughout the game. The Bills should expect a lot of different looks on Sunday as the Patriots are a notoriously creative team when it comes to schemes, formations, and personnel.

The Patriots Defense 

The Steelers were able to move the ball on New England to the tune of 464 yards of offense. Apparently giving up 464 yards of offense is the path to victory for the Patriots, who never seemed to be in doubt of winning Thursday night. It wasn't a blowout, but The Bills will need to do more than simply rack up yards against the Patriots. The Patriots may be without Dominique Easley on defense, who injured his hip early in the game.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history for leading his team to multiple Championship games, and doing it mostly without notable names at the wide receiver position. The only Pro-Bowl caliber weapon Brady has is Rob Gronkowski, so expect Rex Ryan to focus most of the game plan against the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Brady knows what is coming. He knows what the Buffalo crowd is like and has indicated already that this week's game against the Bills should be a good one:

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