Are the Bills now the class of the AFC East? Or does Bill Belichick have his stranglehold back on the division after a one-year hiatus? Week 13’s “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Patriots and Bills will finally start to give us some answers, with the 8-4 Patriots playing the 7-4 Bills for divisional supremacy, at least temporarily.
After a rocky start to the season, the Patriots have won six straight games. In that span, their point differential is +148. Belichick’s defense has been nothing short of dominant, giving up an absurd 10.5 points per game. Part of this is due to old stars such as Dont’a Hightower settling into their roles, part of it is because Jalen Mills is benefiting from some very impressive coverage schemes, and part of it is because of the competition the Patriots have faced since the Cowboys in Week 6.
The Bills finally had their get-right game against the Saints on Thanksgiving, a 31-6 laugher that felt even more dominant than the score indicated. Despite two interceptions, Josh Allen threw for four touchdowns and 260 yards, while also running the ball well. Stefon Diggs had a nice game for himself, catching seven for 74 and a touchdown. The Bills will look to carry that momentum into a second-straight primetime matchup, this time playing at home against a divisional rival.
The Patriots lost their first two bouts with the Bills in the post-Brady era last season, but this does look like a very different New England team. Orchard Park is a tough place to visit — Bills fans can get as loud as any group in the league — but the Patriots have shown in recent weeks they can stymie offenses. Now they’ll have to do so against the best offense they’ve played since Halloween, when they won 27-24 against the Chargers, if they want to retain their No. 1 spot in the AFC East heading into their bye next week.
Here’s what you need to know to watch the Patriots and Bills this Monday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Week 13 NFL schedule.
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What channel is Patriots vs. Bills on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live Stream: ESPN, ESPN+, fuboTV
Patriots vs. Bills will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for “Monday Night Football” in Week 13. ESPN will have its regular booth broadcasting this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will be on the sideline.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
Patriots vs. Bills start time
- Date: Monday, Dec. 6
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. EST
Patriots vs. Bills is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EST, standard time for “Monday Night Football.”
NFL live stream for Monday Night Football
Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.
Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|
Patriots schedule 2021
|13||Dec. 6 (MNF)||at Bills||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||Bye week||—||—|
|15||Dec. 18||at Colts||8:30 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Buffalo Bills schedule 2021
|13||Dec. 6||vs. Patriots||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Panthers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|