Patriots are able to escape MNF showdown against the Bills:

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

Photo credit: Keith Allison

Author: Jon Kuzma

The New England Patriots had their hands full against the Buffalo Bills barely winning 20-13. Rex Ryan did a great job of game planning for the Patriots and mixed up his defensive fronts early on effectively giving Tom Brady trouble. The strategy worked so well that the Bill were able to hold Brady to season lows in touchdown passes with one, and passer rating with a 72.3. In the end though the Patriots like always overcame the odds and were able to pull out the win. This is despite the fact that the team is facing significant losses in personnel which include Julian Edelman, Nate Solder, and Dion Lewis. To make matters even worse the Patriots Danny Amendola left the game as well due to a knee injury. Still the Patriots always seem to plug in the next guy in line and continue to have success. That was James White at running back tonight who contributed 2 touchdowns one rushing and one receiving. Without that effort from White it would of been hard for the Patriots to beat the Bills tonight. Ryan really had this team amped up and ready to play, and the Bills have played the Patriots tough in two defeats this year. While Bills fans canā€™t be happy about those two losses to the Patriots, there is a chance to make adjustments and come closer to beating New England next time these two teams meet. While on the opposite end of the spectrum New England just has to get healthy. Brady is putting together an M.V.P type season but his teammates around him are starting to wear down. Amendola who contributed 117 receiving yards before getting injured was the 4th major player to get hurt for this New England team. Not to mention a number of other minor injuries that role players have sustained. The instability that has caused the Patriots offense have left New England a shell of the team that started off the season. It will be interesting to see if they can overcome all of the setbacks and make it back to the Super Bowl. It will be very tough for them to do if they keep amassing injuries.


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