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Author: Jon Kuzma
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It was a windy night in Buffalo but the Patriots prevailed over the Bills like they’ve done for the entire Tom Brady era. The future Hall of Fame quarterback is now 29-3 against the Western New York franchise. However this game wasn’t the typical air it out NFL contest we’re accustomed to seeing each week and that was obvious in the fact that Brady didn’t throw for a single touchdown. He did manage to rack up 324 passing yards so there was some big plays downfield but the weather turned this match up into a defensive battle with a lot of running plays by each team’s offense. Julian Edelman did record 109 receiving yards but it was hard to tell if New England is worse than they’ve been in the past or if it the conditions were just too much to overcome? Based off that assessment it feels like a little bit of both and the Bills were in this game right up until Devin McCourty had huge pick six off Derek Anderson. McCourty sucked all the life out of that stadium with that play and Buffalo had no chance after that. Anderson finished the night with 290 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. LeSean McCoy had 82 receiving yards but there wasn’t much happening outside of a couple of Steven Hauschka field goals. Lorenzo Alexander was the best defender for Sean McDermot’s defensive unit. Alexander had 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 TFL. Philip Gaines was also impressive with a team high of 10 tackles. Besides McCourty Kyle Van Noy was very solid for the Patriots. Van Noy chipped in 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 TFL before the final whistle blew but it’s clear the Patriots still need a little bit of work before they can become a Super Bowl winning team. Today is the trade deadline and that means Bill Belichick will have until 4:00 P.M to improve his roster. Many experts have suggested that they’re in the market for another wide receiver.
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The New England went into hostile territory (New Era Field) and beat the Buffalo Bills 25-6.