NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
The New England Patriots will begin the season this afternoon with a divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills, who made sweeping changes to their organization this offseason, with CEO Russ Brandon being promoted to President and effectively assuming complete control of the team. Brandon hired head coach Doug Marrone from the Syracuse Orange, who brought offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with him; former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was hired for the same position with the Bills. In April, Buffalo drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel to replace 2012 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, and in May, general manager Buddy Nix announced that he would step down, with assistant general manager Doug Whaley being promoted. Read on for ten keys to New England’s season opener at Buffalo.