In the words of 's Michael Scott ... For years, death, taxes, the AFC title game, and two wins over the Buffalo Bills were the only certainties in the New England region thanks to the local Patriots' dominance. With Tom Brady having gone south, the Bills have taken their revenge, having won four of the last five meetings between the two teams, including a 47-17 shellacking in Western New York last January.The next get-together, , opens the yearly couple at an unusually late point in the season, one that will carry a significant amount of postseason weight as the AFC bracket begins to form. As it stands, New England, looking to recover from a narrow yet heartbreaking holiday lo s to Minnesota last Thursday, would be the first team left off. This week's visitors, fresh off , have won two in a row after consecutive lo ses Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey bunched up the AFC East divisional race.How do the Patriots rediscover that dominant spark against a Bills group whose appetite for revenge is far from whetted?What:Buffalo Bills (8-3) @ New England Patriots (6-5)Where:Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MAWhen:Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video/WFXTWho's Won: New England leads series 77-47-1 (last Tony Gonsolin Jersey : 47-17 BUF, 1/22)Who's Favored: BUF -3.5Bills kicker Tyler Ba s was just awarded the AFC's Player of the Month Award, an honor earned through 12 consecutive succe sful triples and 44 points over the last four games.Having a reliable kicker is a vital tool that a lot of teams look over ... just look at the pre-Greg Zuerlein New York Jets ... but when you're a team like the Bills, a team absolutely spoiled rotten with offensive fire power (Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and more) ... isn't having a most "valuable" kicker a bit of disappointment?Moving the ball has been no problem for the Bills, but the frequent Ba s appearances have prevented them from pulling away with the AFC East lead. A New England defense, one that could be best defined by a "bend, don't break" reputation (and even the breaking is spectacular if ), has a fantastic opportunity ahead, especially considering the fact they've allowed touchdowns on only 51.5 percent of opponents' red zone po se sion, good for seventh in the league Max Muncy Jersey entering Week 13 play.The best way to neutralize the Bills' offense ... one that infamously dealt its full wrath to the Patriots back in January ... is to keep Allen and his cohorts off the field. That, of course, relies upon a consistent offense and the Bills are responsible for the primary argument against optimism for New England's offense: no Mac Jones argument is perhaps complete until a participant brings up his minimalist first start against the Bills, a 14-10 triumph in Orchard Park that saw him throw a mere three pa ses.It'd be no surprise to see the Patriots try and pull this one off with the (the aforementioned debut's hero, Damien Harris won't play but Stevenson still picked up 78 yards on 24 carries). But Jones is steadily proving that he's capable of shouldering a larger game-day load. He has earned a triple-digit pa ser rating in each of the last two weeks and posted a career-best 382 yards on Thanksgiving. Basically, Jones appears to slowly be finding himself as a statistically reliable NFL starter, an increasingly valued skill in this day and age (look no further than, say, the Dallas Cowboys' decision to stick with Dak Prescott despite Cooper Rush's relative mastery in the early going).Scroll to ContinueWhen it comes to Buffalo, Jones appears to be handling the skills nece sary to take advantage of one of the opponent's most Yasmani Grandal Jersey dire stats: the Bills' defense allows an average adversary's drive to last 3:04, the second-worst in the league ahead of only Atlanta. Between Jones' growing consistency and Stevenson's ability to pound out yardage, New England has a prime opportunity to dominate the time of po se sion battle.It's no secret that almost any succe s that the Patriots have had stems from the Judon and Deatrich Wise pa s rush. It also feels like a bit of a cop-out, an easy bullet, to claim that if the Patriots plan on doing anything noteworthy on Thursday, they'll have to raise the heat on Allen, but there's clear statistical evidence to determine the Patriots' fate in this regard: in an almost impre sive sign of futility, the Patriots have failed to take down Allen Trea Turner Jersey in any of his last 72 dropbacks.Since enduring an elbow injury, Allen hasn't been the same dominant force fans and enemies are accustomed to seeing since his 2018 debut. But there was a hint of the old Allen on display when he led a game-winning drive in the final minute against the Lions last week.All four of us, whoevers rushing, have to work together, Judon We have to work together up front to keep him in front of us, force him to be a pa ser. Hes a very dangerous pa ser, but I think well stay with that instead of him running all over us.If any group has the ability to make Allen uncomfortable, it's Judon and his compatriots. It'll not only be vital to the Patriots' playoff case but, on a personal level, it could be the difference in stealing the Defensive Player of the Year Award from Micah Parsons.