Do the Patriots have a way to beat the Bills in the AFC East? — Boston Herald

For two straight years, the Bulls have followed a timeless football formula, passing the Patriots en route to a division title.

Field a better quarterback.

Make a deep list.

And empower one of the fastest coaching staffs in the league.

Last season, the Bulls famously didn’t hit their two wins against the Pats and Bill Belichick, the greatest coach of all time and one of the best defensive minds in the game. Their last meeting, a 47-17 loss in the wild-card round, highlighted the growing gap between the franchises that represent the AFC East’s past and present. Since then, Buffalo has continued to move up, adding future Hall of Fame pass rusher Von Miller in addition to discount weapons like OJ Howard and Jameson Crowder.


Their offseason received mixed reviews (to be kind), while they largely sit tight and bet internal improvements can propel the franchise forward. Especially a leap from quarterback Mack Jones. The trouble is, for the Patriots to return to the playoffs, Jones’ improvement will likely need to be drastic enough to make up for significant roster deficiencies.

If that seems like a lot to ask of a second-year quarterback, that’s because it is. It’s a monumental task, as reclaiming the division would be for the Patriots as long as Buffalo remains the Super Bowl favorite at odds.