ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WBZ NewsRadio) — There will be a lot on the line for the New England Patriots when they square off with the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football for the first matchup between the two teams this season.
Thanks to the Baltimore Ravens' 20-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Patriots are now the No. 1 seed in the entire AFC. However, a loss on Monday Night Football could have a big impact on the Patriots' playoff position.
The Patriots lead both the AFC and AFC East, but a loss to the Bills would see Buffalo move to the top spot in the division, which would in turn drop the Patriots to the No. 5 seed. A loss for the Bills would keep them in the No. 5 seed, but would give the Patriots a two-game lead atop the AFC East standings.
New England enters this matchup coming off of a red-hot month of November where they had two players win monthly awards—J.C. Jackson won AFC Defensive Player of the Month while Mac Jones won Rookie of the Month—and are on six game winning streak that stretches back to October. The Bills had mixed results in November, going 2-2 including a 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Weather could play a big factor in Monday's game, however, as the National Weather Service forecast calls for rain and possibly snow with high winds and a potential low temperature of around 26 degrees. There is a high wind warning throughout the day Monday in Orchard Park, where the Bill's stadium is located, with wind gusts that could get as high as 55 miles per hour.
The Patriots have a list of eight players questionable for Monday's game, including offensive lineman David Andrews and Trent Brown and defensive players Christian Barmore and Ja'Whaun Bentley.
Kick off is at 8:15 p.m.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.