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Dierdorf expecting competitive game

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2009 – 8:26 pm

CBS color analyst for the Bills-Patriots game on Sunday, Dan Dierdorf is expecting a close game especially in light of New England’s struggles on the road this season, and the one-point decision in the first matchup between the teams.

Here are his thoughts about Sunday’s matchup.

“You look at this match-up and see a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick, making only his seventh start ever in the NFL; a Buffalo team with a losing record and that New England has dominated historically, and you say, ‘This is pretty much a mail it in game.’  But factor in that the New England Patriots have been a little up and down; they’ve only won one game on the road; and the game is in Buffalo, a hard place to win with the wind and the cold, a game that looks like it might be a no-brainer could end up being anything but.  The conditions could be less than favorable for throwing the football and New England is a passing team.”

Dierdorf has some respect for the way the Bills have hung in games and won two of their last three, which were both close in the 4th quarter. 

“There are some teams in this league that just aren’t competitive.  Maybe once or twice a year they can muster it up, but the Bills certainly don’t fall into that category.  The Bills are 5-8 but the first time that these two teams played, opening weekend in New England, it was a 25-24 ballgame. 

“This is a much better Buffalo team than some of the bottom dwellers.  They only lost to Jacksonville, 18-15.  They lost to the Jets, 19-13.  This is not a bad football team.  It’s a team with a losing record, but this team is far from being an embarrassment.”


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