Coaches set sights on undefeated battle with New England

The Bills begin to prepare for the ultimate test against the undefeated Patriots

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Louie DiBiase

BUFFALO, NY- After a 21-17 win Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 for the first time in eight years. One day later, the Buffalo Bills coaching staff is moving forward, with their set sights on a battle with the undefeated New England Patriots next Sunday. 

"We celebrated but we have to continue to grow and get better each and every week," Head Coach Sean McDermott said. "If you are worth your salt you'll enjoy it tonight, watch some games, wake up in the morning and it is a new day and a new week, and that is how we have to approach it." 

The last time the Bills were 3-0, their undefeated start came after an upset victory against New England at home. It was also the last time Buffalo defeated the Patriots with Tom Brady under center for all four quarters.

To repeat history, QB Josh Allen and the offense will need to go toe to toe with Brady and company. That will be no small task as the Patriots defense has yet to allow an offensive touchdown this season. 

"It is kind of unprecedented what they are doing defensively," Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll said. "They haven't given up a touchdown, their point differential is really big, and they have really good players and a good system."

In the first three weeks, New England as outscored their opponents 106 to 17. A +89 point differential. 

"They do such a great job on a week to week basis of game by game planning," Daboll said. "They try to exploit your weaknesses and enhance their strengths." 

On defense, McDermott and Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier will look to find a way to cool down Brady's hot start. At 42 years old, the six-time Super Bowl champion has shown no signs of slowing down, throwing for 911 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. 

"He is special for sure," Frazier said. "He presents a lot of challenges for defenses and he's been doing it for 20 years without much drop off." 

After defeating three teams who have yet to grab a win this season, the Bills have an opportunity to prove their legitimacy Sunday at New Era Field. 


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