Aaron Dobson added 87 yards on seven catches as the Patriots were within striking distance of four 100-yard pass catchers. A song featuring the lyrics, “The cheaters are coming to town” played on a local classic rock station. Bills fans were buzzing all week in a bid to set a record for loudest outdoor stadium.
Buffalo Bills defensive back Aaron Williams suffered a scary neck injury in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
Meanwhile, New England (2-0) is in its accustomed position atop the division and will be all alone pending tonight’s game when the Jets (1-0) visit Indianapolis (0-1).
“But we have to go out there and back it up”. “Yeah we have to get better as a team, no question, but I have to get better. But I don’t think we were consistent enough, really in any area”, Belichick said. It wasn’t the first time that we came here and it was a insane environment. We knew coming here was going to be hostile. Brady improved to 24-3 against Buffalo, and his passing yards were the most ever by a Bills opponent. LB Preston Brown led the Bills with 11 tackles, but most of that came after pass completions. When that game was ending, the crowd in Orchard Park chanted, “We want Brady”. They got a quick 21. The team has some solid starter options for fantasy football owners, including Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola as the best receivers/tight end picks for Brady. You don’t matter in the AFC until you can beat New England and this wasn’t going to do it. It’s hard to stick multiple guys on him in that contained area and even if teams do it successfully the Patriots will likely make them pay anyway.
This one felt different, or at least that’s what the Bills wanted everyone to think.
After that first scoring drive, the Patriots went three-and-out, using a timeout in the process because of the noise.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus – While the Patriots pass defense and rush took a step forward, the run defense didn’t.
Gronkowski puts the Patriots up 21-7 in the second quarter. Taylor also rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times and sacked eight times.
Bills players themselves said they were a little too amped up for Sunday’s tilt, and it showed on the field.
Though Amendola had just two offensive touches in the game – the catch plus a 3-yard rush – he returned three punts for 39 yards, including a 28-yarder in the first quarter. The Patriots offense has been humming along the past two weeks and it could be in line for another big day this weekend. Passing back Dion Lewis chipped in with 98 yards on six catches, including a 40-yard wheel route.
They looked at each other and pointed at the man one of them needed to cover, but it was too late. He had 31 yards rushing on the Bills’ opening touchdown drive. And they eventually led 37-13 before the Bills’ fourth-quarter rally fell short. That’s when the tide turned Buffalo blue.
He’s saved most of his best lines for Belichick and the New England Patriots, maybe out of some barking dog effort to get a reaction, or to feel like he’s on equal footing, or to simply gain acknowledgement from the stoic champion across the way.