The Bills are hosting the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” for a battle of supremacy in the AFC East.
Josh Allen will lead the Bills (7-4) against Mac Jones and the Patriots (8-4), who will look to extend a six-game victory streak with a win in Buffalo. Allen will face the challenging task of driving the ball against New England’s defense, which only allowed 85 passing yards during their 36-13 victory against the Titans last week.
Allen helped the Bills gain momentum against the Saints’ defense during their 31-6 victory on Thanksgiving. He completed 23 of 28 passes for 260 yards with four touchdowns. Although Allen threw two interceptions, the Bills’ offense recorded 361 total yards and averaged 5.8 yards per play. Allen connected wide receiver Stefon Diggs for 74 yards with a touchdown and tight end Dawson Knox for 34 yards with two scores.
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The Patriots’ offense will be challenged by the league’s top-ranked defense, which allows about 275.2 total yards per game. After taking down Trevor Siemian last week, defensive end Mario Addison leads the Bills with four sacks. Rookie defensive end Gregory Rousseau follows close behind with three, but hasn’t recorded a sack since he tackled Patrick Mahomes during the Bills’ 38-20 victory against the Chiefs on Oct. 10.
Despite the weather forecast showing strong winds in Buffalo, Patriots coach Bill Belichek will strategically structure the Patriots’ offensive approach. Rookie quarterback Jones threw for a season-high 310 yards with two touchdowns against the Titans and averaged a 71.9 completion percentage. While he connected with wide receivers Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne last week, Jones will rely on running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson against Buffalo. Harris leads the Patriots with 643 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while Stevenson has 351 rushing yards with three touchdowns.
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9:19 p.m.: Harris is forced out of bounds at the 10. Bolden then makes a 10-yard rush for the Patriots, but falls short of the first down. Bailey punts for 46 yards and positions the Bills at the 34.
9:17 p.m.: Basham tackles Harris at the 14 for a loss of two yards. Patriots take their first time-out with 4:31 to go in the half.
9:13 p.m.: Knox drops a pass from Allen on third down and force the Bills to punt. Patriots will start their drive against the wind at the 16.
9:11 p.m.: Ekuale gets to Allen and sacks him at the 49 for a loss of five yards.
9:08 p.m.: Moss rushes one yard for a first down at the New England 40.
9:06 p.m.: Allen completes a pass short left to Davis for 16 yards, giving the Bills a first down at the 49.
9:03 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. Nick Folk makes a 41-yard attempt and keeps the Patriots on top 11-7.
9:01 p.m.: Stevenson picks up six yards, but falls short of the first down. Special teams comes out to attempt a field goal.
8:58 p.m.: Bolden rushes up the middle for 16 yards and gives the Patriots a first down at the Buffalo 31.
First Quarter: Patriots 8, Bills 7
8:55 p.m.: Jones completes his first pass of the night to Smith for 12 yards at the sideline. Stevenson rushes for another six yards and positions the Patriots at the 47 to start the second quarter.
8:52 p.m.: Stevenson rushes up the middle for 10 yards and gives the Patriots a first down at the 35.
8:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BILLS. Allen fires a pass up the middle to Davis in the end zone. After Bass makes the extra point, the Bills trail the Patriots 8-7 with 2:02 remaining in the first.
8:49 p.m.: Haack punts 55-yards for the Bills, and the Patriots muff on the return. After official review, the call was reversed and gave the Bills a first down at the Patriots’ 14.
8:47 p.m.: Allen attempts a deep pass to Sanders but it falls incomplete.
8:46 p.m.: Allen fires a 15-yard pass to Beasley, but the Bills are brought back to their own 28 after an offensive holding penalty.
8:45 p.m.: Singletary rushes up the middle for two yards and picks up the first down. Allen rushes on the following play and is brought down at the 37.
8:42 p.m.: Allen completes to Diggs for eight yards and positions the Bills at their own 33.
8:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. Harris breaks free and rushes 64 yards for the score. Bolden rushes into the end zone for the two-point conversion and gives the Patriots a 8-0 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter.
8:35 p.m.: Agholor rushes six yards before he’s brought down by Rousseau at the 36.
8:33 p.m.: FUMBLE BILLS. Allen fumbles while attempting a handoff to Breida, and is recovered by Lawrence Guy at the Patriots’ 31.
8:31 p.m.: Allen completes a pass to Breida for five yards and a first down at the Patriots’ 29.
8:28 p.m.: Allen completes to Sanders, but he is immediately brought down by J.C. Jackson for a loss of three yards.
8:24 p.m.: Rousseau brings down Bolden for a loss of one yard on third down. Bailey kicks a 15-yard punt out of bounds at the Patriots’ 40.
8:20 p.m.: After Allen throws an incomplete pass on third down, the Bills are forced to punt. The Patriots will take over at the 20.
8:19 p.m.: Patriots punt on their opening possession after they fail to convert. Bills start their opening drive at the 49.
8:17 p.m.: Mac Jones fumbles off the snap on third down and Damien Harris recovers at the 23.
8:15 p.m.: As the Bills kickoff, the wind picks up the ball and takes it into the crowd. Patriots start from the 25.
8:12 p.m.: Patriots call heads, but the coin comes up tails. Bills choose to defer and the Patriots will start with possession.
Bills vs. Patriots start time
- Date: Monday, Dec. 6
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. EST
Patriots vs. Bills is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EST, standard time for “Monday Night Football.”
How to watch Monday Night Football
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live Stream: ESPN, ESPN+, fuboTV
Patriots vs. Bills will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for “Monday Night Football” in Week 13. ESPN will have its regular booth broadcasting this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will be on the sideline.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|
Patriots schedule 2021
|13||Dec. 6 (MNF)||at Bills||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||Bye week||—||—|
|15||Dec. 18||at Colts||8:30 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Buffalo Bills schedule 2021
|13||Dec. 6||vs. Patriots||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Panthers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|