Instant analysis of Bills heartbreaking 23-3 loss to Patriots


Tom Brady

So how about the cold truth instead?

New England is helped by not turning the football over as well. They now have to focus on winning their final four games, games they may have to play without their starting quarterback.

A victory Sunday at New Era Field would put Brady alone atop the ranks with 27 wins against the Bills.

For almost two decades, we have often watched Brady and the passing game often carry the Patriots to victory. This is the first meeting between the Pats and Bills this season and Buffalo seems to always play tough in this game. Five interceptions from rookie Nathan Peterman led to Taylor's return, and he will again take the field as they look to upset the Patriots. The team fell apart in the third quarter, allowing 14 points while not getting on the scoreboard themselves. The Pats have beaten Buffalo 29 of the last 34 games. If the Bills don't get their offense in order, and quick, they can kiss the postseason goodbye.

Unfortunately, Gronkowski's final line of nine catches for 147 yards may have been overshadowed by a freaky incident following Brady's interception. Gronk came from behind and delivered a shot to White's head, sending him to the locker room with an apparent concussion.

This was more amusing just to see Brady, who is notoriously kind of a competitor on the sidelines at times, lose his mind at an offensive coordinator. Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore returned to Buffalo for the first time since leaving the team in free agency during the offseason.

LeSean McCoy gashed New England for 93 yards on 15 carries, and the Bills finished with 183 yards on the ground. It easily could have been a Patriots touchdown and the Bills falling short on offense. Burkhead ran 12 times for 78 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns and also caught three passes for 25 yards.

The Patriots will receive the ball to begin the second half. Yes, that's the same Eric Lee who was plucked from the Bills' practice squad. New England's defense has not allowed more than 17 points during the winning streak.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the master when it comes to dismissing the past, whether coming off a win or loss, by insisting he's focused exclusively on the next opponent.

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