As head coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan made it his mission to best Patriots’ boss Bill Belichick and his mindset hasn’t changed now that he’s with the Bills.
Belichick talked about the energy in the stadium. The team said he was to be evaluated yesterday.
“We killed ourselves”, said Taylor, 23 of 30 for 242 yards with three touchdowns.
As the New York Times reported, it was the defense that struggled against Tom Brady’s relentless throwing ability that sealed the game win. That’s always a good thing.
To its credit, Buffalo did make things interesting at the end of the game. We do that every week. Yet, it is still early in the season, and the AFC East is still any team’s game. They scored two plays later to take a 14-7 lead, and never looked back. Brady found Edelman on an 8-yard pass for the Patriots’ first touchdown with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter.
“But, you know, that was kind of a general trend in the league”. Defensively, they didn’t really blitz the whole first half. Taylor also rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times and sacked eight times. Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams received an outpouring of love from teammates and Patriots players after suffering a neck injury on Sunday – with one teammate bringing over a home cooked meal… In between, though, the Patriots defense and pass rush put up its own impressive production.
Expect to see Brady continue playing the dominant brand of football that he has shown so far this season.
It didn’t matter much to Lewis that Ryan didn’t know his name before the game – or after.
Q: How important were the quick passes and no huddle offense today? “We thought we had an advantage there”.
Q: Brady dropped back to pass 61 times and was only sacked twice.
Part of me thinks that the Patriots allowed Buffalo back in it just to rip their guts out again at the end of it. Passing back Dion Lewis chipped in with 98 yards on six catches, including a 40-yard wheel route.
“There’s a difference between coming out ready to go, fired up ready to play and coming out and being totally without poise, without focus, and a lot of stupid, idiotic stuff”.
Well, “root for” might be strong, as a loss for either team represents a win for the Patriots.
He is wired in a way that produces fun fodder for reporters and fans, and builds his team in a way that it becomes noticed, that it plays aggressively and hard. We’re 1-0 in the division. “It’s great going on the road and having a big atmosphere”. Marcus Thigpen returned the punt to the Patriots 46-yard line, and they were looking in great shape. We all work together. You don’t need that block and we have to be smart.
“It was as loud as it’s ever been”, Gronk said. Everybody can do better. I have to get better. Do you buy into that sort of thing? Our players went out there and played. They did a good job. How impactful and disruptive was the defensive run?
“They outplayed us, they outcoached us, they outdid whatever”. [Tyrod] Taylor ran around and he scrambled and threw for big yardage. With everything that Gronkowski, Edelman and company give to the offense, an argument could be made for a traditional outside receiver not being needed. It wasn’t very consistent. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, I understand that bodying up on him is often a losing proposition, but to let him run free into the secondary is a surefire way to get bludgeoned.