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The Patriots travel to Buffalo on Sunday in an unfamiliar position, as they are below .500 for the first time in nine years.
The Bills host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon, and Buffalo has a rare opportunity to bury New England in the AFC East standings. The Pats come into the game 1-2, the first time they have been below .500 since beginning the 2003 season with a loss. The Bills are 2-1, and look to put two games between themselves and New England in the division standings.
The Patriots reached their current position after two consecutive narrow losses. They lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 20-18, after missing a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game. Last week, the Baltimore Ravens defeated New England on a field goal as time expired.
Even as the team struggles, Tom Brady is still performing. He has completed 67 percent of his passes for 889 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception.
Buffalo has rebounded from their season-opening loss to the Jets by taking two victories over the struggling Browns and Chiefs. Running back C.J. Spiller has rushed for 308 yards this season, but was limited to just four carries after leaving the Bills' game against the Browns last Sunday. Spiller injured his left shoulder and has been limited in practice throughout the week.
The two teams split the season series in 2011, with each team winning at home.
Game Time/TV Schedule: 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
TV Coverage Map: Here.
Spread: New England favored by four points.