It’s being said that first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, quarterback E.J. Manuel, is looking good in practice and will start for the team on Sunday as they take on division rivals, the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
This is huge news for Bills fans as there was a lot of talk that fellow rookie Jeff Tuel was going to start for the team. While Tuel has looked good in preseason and training camp, Manuel brings in another dynamic that could give defenses fits as he can take off and run if need be.
Manuel has an excellent rapport with several of his receivers, especially rookies Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods. With this in his pocket, he might be to find holes in the Patriots defense. Additionally, it seems like the whole team plays better and with much more confidence when he was on the field this offseason and preseason.
Could this be the X-factor the Bills need to go over a Patriots team that they’ve only beaten once in the last eight seasons? We will find out on Sunday. That being said, the Bills have a distinct advantage over the Patriots this time which is less talked about. The fact that it’s likely head coach Doug Marrone didn’t reveal his entire hand during preseason with his offensive and defensive plays could prove to be a major plus, and give an element of surprise. And speaking of his defense, if it brings pressure early and often on Tom Brady. This game might be similar to a decade ago where the Bills just swarmed the Patriots all day long and they won 31-0.