The New England Patriots have signed Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady, but how does this impact the Buffalo Bills and their playoff hopes?
When Tom Brady left the New England Patriots, it was a forgone conclusion that the Buffalo Bills would win the AFC East with ease, but now that is no longer the case. The Patriots have now signed former league MVP, Cam Newton, and they look that much better because of it.
The Bills have lost seven games in a row to the Patriots, and 29 of their last 32 without a win in Orchard Park against the Patriots since 2011, and they haven’t won two games in a season against the Pats since 1999.
A streak of this caliber is not just because of one player in Tom Brady, it is much more than that and the Patriots adding Cam Newton certainly does not help. Now, that isn’t to say that if the Bills fail to beat the Patriots, they can’t win the AFC East, or at least get into the playoffs, because that is not true.
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In 2017 and 2019, the Bills beat the Patriots one combined time, yet they still got into the playoffs, they didn’t win the division, nor did they win a playoff game, but they got there for the first time since 1999.
With there being seven playoff teams starting in 2020, the Bills have a better chance to make the playoffs, but they don’t want a wild card spot, they want to win the division for the first time since 1993.
Even with Cam Newton, the Patriots still lack quite a bit, which is good news for the Bills. The Patriots defense is impressive, to say the least, but their offense still needs some work. The Patriots ended the 2019 season with two consecutive losses and four losses in their final six games, one of them being in the playoffs at home against the Titans.
This being said, the Patriots are struggling quite a bit and a quarterback in Cam Newton who played only two games in 2019, might not be the only solution. The Patriots still have quite a bit of work to do, and ultimately this should benefit the Bills who appear to have their best team in quite some time heading into the 2020 season.