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, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy worked on a limited basis Thursday as he makes his way back from a concussion.With or without their top playmaker, the Bills and their sputtering offense will be challenged to keep up with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Monday night.The primetime matchup 鈥?Buffalo's first home game on Monday night in a decade 鈥?features one of the best offenses in the league against one of the worst."I think it's an opportunity to come on a big stage against a great football team to get the ball rolling and do something special," Bills receiver Zay Jones said. "Especially at home."Scoring and producing on offense has been difficult for the Bills this year.Buffalo's 81 points through seven games is the third-lowest total over that span in franchise history and the lowest since 1977, when the Bills had 75 points and started 1-7.In comparison, the Patriots have scored 86 points in the second quarter this season.The Bills are 31st in total offense, 32nd in points per game and 32nd in passing. Buffalo's average of 129.4 yards passing per game is 47.2 yards behind last year's Bills team, which ended the year 31st in passing.Buffalo averages 11.6 points per game, while the Patriots average 30.6 points per game.The biggest issue for Buffalo has been at quarterback Byron Cowart NFL Jersey
, where veteran Derek Anderson is set to make his second straight start after signing with the team to provide a leadership role earlier this month.That came after a disastrous start to the season by opening day starter Nathan Peterman and disappointing play from rookie Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft.Allen is out with an elbow injury.Buffalo's passing game showed some signs of life in the first half of Sunday's 37-5 loss to Indianapolis with Anderson before struggling. Anderson had three interceptions and lost one fumble while throwing for 175 yards.It's a tough spot for Anderson, who signed with Buffalo on Oct. 9."I'm just continuing to grab information as we go," Anderson said. "(Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll) keeps asking me every day, 'You good?' Yup, I'm good. Everything we're doing, I'm staying up to speed with and trying to grab anything extra that I can as we go and kind of get it on the fly."Anderson, 35 Byron Cowart NFL Draft
, recognizes the difficulty in trying to keep up with the high-powered Patriots."They're a good football team, there's no question about that," Anderson said. "Unfortunately I have to just play their defense. That's my focus this week."There were some small positives for the Bills in their loss to the Colts. The offense topped 300 yards for the first time this season with 303 yards.Anderson's 175 yards passing against Indianapolis were the team's most since Josh Allen's 196 yards against Minnesota.The Bills also received a spark from backup running backs Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. Ivory had 81 yards on 16 attempts (5.1 average) against Indianapolis while Murphy had 53 yards on four attempts, including a 30-yard gain."Obviously we know who we're playing," Jones said. "The Patriots have a good defense so we can't overlook them either. So just stay on track with things that we have planned." With the Los Angeles Chargers coming in — labeled by some as the ‘best team in the AFC’ — this Sunday’s divisional matchup is no ‘tomato can’ as the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy would say. Here is a three-step plan for the New England Patriots in order to win Sunday versus a very good Chargers’ team.Step 1: Protect Tom BradyThe offensive line has been phenomenal all year long, starting with Joe Thuney, who has played every single snap this regular season, David Andrews Byron Cowart Buffalo Bills Jersey
, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon and of course Trent Brown, who answered all the questions surrounding him this year and showed he deserves to get big money this off-season. However, they will have their hands full with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram: this defense has totaled for 38 sacks all season and 16 in its last five games. The ability to avoid the rush and allow Brady to step into his throws is imperative to the Patriots’ success moving the ball down the field.Step 2: Get the running backs involvedEarlier in the week, Bernd Buchmasser wrote a post on the Patriots’ running backs having a key role in the offense Sunday, and I cannot agree more. The Chargers were torched for 14 catches out fo the position for 163 yards in last October’s match-up between the two teams. Rex Burkhead and James White had 12 of the 14 catches for 153 yards. The Chargers run an interesting front seven when they have just one linebacker on the field, as it worked mightily last week for just about three and half quarters versus Lamar Jackson. However, with pass rushing maniacs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram coming into Foxboro Infant Jacob Bailey Jersey
, Tom Brady is going to have to get the ball out quickly, and having White or Burkhead underneath or in the flat, may help get the ball down the field for the majority of times.Step 3: Finish drivesAlthough facing the Ravens defense, the Chargers struggled finishing drives most of the game last weekend and have really since the Kansas City game on December 13th. Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense have looked a bit out of sync for about a month now. The Patriots’ own offense, meanwhile, will need to finish drives with six points and play from ahead early. If the Chargers offense struggles against the Patriots’ ‘home’ defense (which it should) while also the playing with a lead and finishing drives without leaving points on the board, the Patriots should take this game in ‘semi-comfortable’ fashion.