Patriots catch two big breaks heading into Bills game


The Patriots need all the help they can get against the Buffalo Bills and their dynamic offense on Thursday night. Fortunately for them, this week’s injury report is about to provide some.

Dion Dawkins, Buffalo’s starting left tackle, will be out for Thursday Night Football with an ankle injury after failing to practice in the days leading up to the game, taking away Allen’s blindside protector against New England’s pass rush. Dawkins is the Bills’ highest-graded pass-blocker, according to Pro Football Focus.

Backup tackle David Quessenberry took over for Dawkins at left tackle against the Lions and likely will do so again against New England. On the other side, Spencer Brown, who has given up at least three pressures in each of his last four games, will probably draw the primary assignment against Matthew Judon, who leads the NFL in sacks with 13.

Naturally, the Bills probably won’t leave Judon all alone against Brown very much and will devote extra attention in Judon’s way. But that also could mean better matchups for the likes of Deatrich Wise Jr. and Josh Uche on the opposite side against (presumably) Quessenberry. Hopefully, they’re able to take advantage.

Star edge rusher Von Miller will also miss Thursday’s game, which should make things a bit easier for Mac Jones and the Patriots’ beleaguered offensive line.

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