If there is still any question as to who the top team in the AFC East is, it will be answered this weekend.
The No. 3 seeded Bills will play the No. 6 seed Patriots who earned a Wild Card spot despite dropping three of their last four games. Buffalo, meanwhile, is riding the momentum of a four-game win streak that includes a victory in Foxborough and three wins at home in Orchard Park.
The teams meet there in Western New York this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET, with the chance to have the final say as to who the better squad is.
With that, here are three keys to a win for the Bills (11-6) against the Patriots (10-7):
Get Ahead Early And Build Lead
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A key to a win for the Bills offense will be to get out ahead and build an early lead they can add to over the game while protecting the ball.
The Patriots got the best of their first meeting of the season, a 14-10 win at Orchard Park in Week 13.
Then Allen went 30-for-47 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and led all rushers adding 64 yards on the ground with 12 carries in a 33-21 victory over New England at Foxborough in Week 16.
Allen has put up the most yards per game in NFL playoff history among QB’s with at least two playoff wins, with 329.5 total offensive yards per game.
He figures to have an active day passing on Saturday considering how thin the Patriots are at CB. Not to mention that, while Stefon Diggs commands number-one receiver coverage from Patriots corner JC Jackson, Buffalo has plenty of offensive weapons to spread the ball around to.
The team will need to continue to be effective in the red zone, and on third and fourth down as well.
In their first meeting, the Bills went only one-for-four in red zone opportunities. In their second matchup, Allen had a career-high completing nine-of-fourteen passes on third and fourth down, and the offense went four-for-seven in the red zone in the win.
In fact, over their last four games, the Bills have…