Since that strong start in the fourth game of the year, Fitzpatrick and his offense have been inconsistent.
Two weeks ago, the Bills blew a six-point lead in the last two minutes in a 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Last week, they rushed for a season-low 78 yards in a 21-9 loss to the Houston Texans. And their one-two running punch of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson gives them their best chance to move the ball against the Patriots.
In his last four games, Fitzpatrick has just three touchdown passes and hasn’t thrown for more than 239 yards against any opponent. He’s 4-13 in his last 17 games and is running out of time to prove he can succeed as a starter.
“Not only should Fitz feel like that,” wide receiver Stevie Johnson said, “I think we all should so we can have that sense of urgency.”
The Patriots feel urgency, too.
They remember last year’s game in Buffalo when they led 21-0 with two minutes left in the second quarter but lost 34-31.
“There have been some kind of wild swings and I think that shows the inconsistency that we’ve played (with) against them,” Brady said. “Hopefully, we can go out there and play consistently for 60 minutes.”
They needed just 30 the last time they beat the Bills.
“We’ve got to learn to finish against this football team,” Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said, “and it’s not easy. They’re good for a reason.”
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