The New England Patriots need a win against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon or their chances of reaching the NFL playoffs will take a significant hit.
Rarely in the last 20 years have we said that about a Patriots team at the beginning of November, but with a 2-4 record and riding a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2002, New England enters Bills Stadium in a must-win scenario.
The Patriots offense has struggled in recent weeks, and it has scored only one touchdown over the last two weeks. New England's rushing attack still ranks as one of the league's best, and it will be a crucial part of Sunday's game versus a Bills defense that has trouble stopping the run.
The Bills are 5-2 and lead the AFC East -- the division the Patriots have won in 11 consecutive seasons. Buffalo has lost two of its last three games, though, so it also has plenty to prove this weekend.
A convincing win for the Bills that widens their division lead and deals a potentially knockout blow to the Patriots' playoff hopes could be a significant turning point in Buffalo's season.
Here's how and when to watch Patriots vs. 49ers in Week 8.
When: Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS
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