Against the Jets, the Patriots will be without a key starter.

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Vs. the Jets, the Patriots will be without a key starter.

When the New England Patriots visit Orchard Park on Saturday to face the Buffalo Bills, they will almost certainly be facing an uphill battle.

The absence of their starting left tackle, Isaiah Wynn, is expected to make things more difficult.

Wynn has been ruled out of the Patriots’ Wildcard Weekend matchup with the Bills, according to the team’s official Twitter account.

For (hashtag)NEvsBUF, Isaiah Wynn has been downgraded to OUT.

14 January 2022 — New England Patriots (@Patriots)

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Wynn is currently out of the game due to a nagging ankle injury.

He’ll have played his final game of the season unless the Patriots pull off an upset.

In Wynn’s place, Justin Herron is expected to start.

In his second season in the NFL, the 26-year-old started six games in 2020 and four this season.

In this situation, he was more likely than fellow second-year offensive lineman Mike Onwenu to have his name called because of his experience and natural fit for the tackle position.

If Herron struggles, it’s possible that Yodny Cajuste or even Yasir Durant will get some playing time.

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If this happens, it will be a major setback for the Patriots as they try to win the series against the Bills.

While strong winds set the tone for the Patriots’ first meeting with the Bills in Week 13, there are some lessons learned from that game that New England must apply if they are to defeat Buffalo and advance.

With a 33-21 victory in Foxborough in Week 16, the Bills evened the score.

The wind stifled the passing game in the first meeting, so rather than fighting it, New England chose to rely almost entirely on the rushing attack.

New England won 14-10 despite rookie quarterback Mac Jones throwing the ball only three times.

With Jones throwing the ball only three times, the Patriots have no chance of beating the Bills on Saturday.

The Patriots, on the other hand, must continue to rely on their ground game.

Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson will almost certainly be required to…

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