Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 12/30/11

In week three, the Buffalo Bills were a different team. They were gunning for first place and looking to take the monkey off their back after losing to the Patriots for years without a win. The Patriots jumped to a 21-0 lead and it looked like another day at the office for the Patriots.

Then suddenly the Bills came to life on offense and defense, turning the game into a shootout. Forcing Tom Brady and the Patriots offense into four turnovers and shredding the defense by spreading them out in five wide sets, they attacked the man to man defense the Patriots played.

The Bills came back to win 34-31 and it seemed it was a changing of the guard in the AFC East. Buffalo fans celebrated as Patriots fans thought the sky was falling.

The Bills went 3-9 after that game, while the Patriots went 10-2.

It looked like facing each other in the final game of the year would be for the AFC East. However, that's clearly not the case as the Patriots have clinched the AFC for the 9th time in 11 years and Buffalo is going back to a familiar place - the cellar.

Do the Patriots have any extra motivation to beat the Bills? The Bill aren’t the New York Jets, they don’t trash talk. Furthermore, even Patriots fans said, 'well it was about time for them to win'. As the saying goes “The shoe has to drop sometime” and Bills fans were too happy to expect actually being in contention in January.

So we ask again, do the Patriots have extra motivation t beat the Bills?

The Patriots still have an important hurdle to jump as they still have to secure the top seed in the AFC to ensure home field advantage for the playoffs. So it isn’t as personal as we thought it would be. It’s back to the norm for Patriots fans, another game with the Bills that means nothing personal, just like week three turned out to be.

var switchTo5x=true;stLight.options({publisher:''});
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Bubba Watson's caddie owns heckler at PGA Championship

NFL denies sending Donald Trump letter about schedule

Michael Bennett calls out NFL stars for not speaking up on social matters

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

Son of former NFL player Antonio Armstrong charged with death of parents

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms look a little treasonous

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Texans GM 'disappointed' in DeAndre Hopkins

Can Andre Johnson end his regression in Tennessee?

Favre opens up about painkiller addiction during career

Miami women’s basketball coach criticizes Texas A&M following slideshow

Twin Cities preparing for influx of sex trafficking during Super Bowl LII

WATCH: Bautista bat flip will be available as NHL 17 celebration

Former USMNT, current MLS forward Davies battled cancer, in remission

The definitive guide to U.S. Men's Basketball at Rio 2016

Tony Romo training camp picture leads to fat jokes, concern

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

Texas A&M suspends coaches for sexist slideshow

10 most dangerous college football defenders in 2016

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker