After beating the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, relatively comfortably, most fans will be expecting a similar result today against the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills have been the biggest surprise so far this year, enjoying two victories in the first two weeks of the season. Both teams sit at 2-0 however the Bills are being somewhat overlooked because of the teams that they have beaten.
A comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders last week, followed a blowout victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day. The Chiefs continued to be blown out by the Lions while the Raiders victory came in the final seconds.
In comparison to the Patriots two thorough victories against supposedly better opposition, the class between the top of the AFC East and the bottom may not be as close as it appears with three teams sitting on 2-0.
The Bills cannot be overlooked as they have been in recent years. Ryan Fitzpatrick has made an outstanding start to the year with a 109.6 quarterback rating. Most notably, he has thrown seven touchdowns to only one interception completing over 63 percent of his passes.
At 28 years of age, Fitzpatrick appears to finally have found his home in Buffalo. To this point in the season he has shown a lot of poise and great understanding of the offense. This is terrible news for a Patriots' defense that has struggled so far this year.
Defensively the Patriots have made a terrible start to the season giving up at least 20 points in each of the first two games. The team has been shredded through the air, therefore the losses of Albert Haynesworth and Pat Chung could prove fatal.
Injuries could be the telling problem for the Patriots today.
Defensively Chung and Haynesworth will be missed, but the biggest issue could be the loss of Dan Koppen. Koppen has been Brady's center for a long time but after his injury last week, converted guard Dan Connolly will be snapping the ball.
Brady's pass protection has been massive for his early season success. In particular no defense has been able to get pressure on him through the middle. Without Koppen that could all change. Throwing from a clean pocket is huge for any quarterback and the Bills have the talent to disrupt that.