Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/28/12

The Buffalo Bills are coming in to this game with a 2-1 record, but expect their leading rusher to not suit up.

The New England Patriots have a 1-2 record and come in to the game without one of their top tight ends.

Last season this game provided us with plenty of fireworks and lasting memories as the Bills upset the Patriots. This year could be a repeat and if so we are in for another good game.

New England Patriots (1-2): Tom Brady is off to a somewhat of a slow start if you are judging by Tom Brady's standards. He has only thrown four touchdowns through three weeks; he had 11 touchdowns at this point last season. Brady is still a must start this week.

Stevan Ridley was very limited last week as the game plan just wasn't heavily involved in the run and he lost more time than usual to Danny Woodhead who is their primary pass-blocking and receiving option. Ridley should see more time this week against a somewhat weak rush defense of the Bills.

Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd are both becoming more involved in the passing offense after the loss of Aaron Hernandez and can both be started with confidence every week.

Rob Gronkowski has been double and triple teamed every week and can expect to see more of that again this weekend. But Gronk is due to have a big game and this could be the week.

Good starts: Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd

Middle of the road: Stevan Ridley

Bad starts: Deion Branch

 

Buffalo Bills (2-1): Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best game of the season last week throwing for three touchdowns but still only throwing for 208 yards. This week could be better for him against a New England defense that ranked near the bottom against the pass last season. Still a non-start this week and probably barely rostered at this point.

C.J. Spiller practiced on Thursday but is not expected to play this week. Fred Jackson is expected to be the primary ball carrier if he is able to go just three weeks away from an LCL sprain. Tashard Choice would be the next in line to take carries and is worth a pick up and play if both Jackson and Spiller can't go.

Stevie Johnson has scored a touchdown in each of the Bills three games and has been heavily targeted. The clear No. 1 receiver in Buffalo, Johnson could have a big week against the Patriots.

Donald Jones is the No. 2 receiver and even though he has yet to have a good game as the Bill's passing game improves his numbers could go up. Still a no start this week, just keep your eyes on him.

Scott Chandler is back to his old ways of being a touchdown machine and scoring in each of his last two contests.

Good starts: Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson

Middle of the road: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tashard Choice (if Spiller/Jackson can't go)

Bad starts: Donald Jones, Scott Chandler

 

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