The Bills were facing an average Patriots run defense (ranked 15th) to begin with, but that run front has been significantly thinned due to injury, with two defensive linemen downgraded to out.
New England is down to two starting defensive linemen and only two backups with some measurable game experience. Vince Wilfork and Gerard Warren will start at nose tackle and left end, and either Ron Brace or Myron Pryor are expected to start at right end. Brace, a former second-round pick has appeared in 17 games with six career starts, while Pryor, a former sixth-round pick has appeared in 13 games in his brief NFL career.
After that New England has undrafted rookie Kyle Love, who has seen action in four games this season and Eric Moore, who was just signed on Dec. 3rd and has not yet appeared in a game for New England. Landon Cohen was just signed earlier this week and has 20 NFL games under his belt in his career.
As thin as New England is up front it would not be surprising on a windy day to see Buffalo try to pound out some yards on the ground in an effort to wear down the Patriots defensive line knowing reserves are in short supply.
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