Bill Belichick: Bills ‘present a lot of problems’ in all three phases
Refusing to take an opponent lightly is part of Bill Belichick’s coaching DNA, but it’s clear he recognizes the New England Patriots will face one of the toughest challenges of their season when the team hosts the Buffalo Bills on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Speaking with Scott Zolak for a team-produced video shared Friday morning, Belichick laid out how the surging Bills will be a lot to handle come kickoff.
"They present a lot of problems; obviously very good defensively."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 20, 2019
BB sits down with @scottzolak to talk the challenges the Bills present heading into tomorrow's game. pic.twitter.com/cPkPkRKpno
“The Bills are a great football team,” Belichick said. “They’ve had a really solid year. They’re very good in all three phases of the game. They present a lot of problems. They’re obviously very good defensively and they have a lot of good skill players and they’re good in the kicking game. So, it’s gonna be a challenge for us. It’ll be a good test.”
Specifically speaking, Belichick made note of how the Bills employ a chameleon-like offensive game plan on a week-to-week basis, an approach that the Patriots obviously have utilized with great success for years.
Belichick told reporters on Thursday that Saturday’s game has all the hallmarks of a postseason showdown. Given what’s potentially at stake for both the Patriots and Bills, that most assuredly will be the case.
After all, it may be a long shot, but the Bills conceivably can still win the AFC East if the team wins out and the Patriots drop their final two games, including at home against the Dolphins in Week 17. Unlikely, yes, but given everything that’s on the line, the Bills have given Belichick no reason to underestimate them, and he knows it.