Patriots, Brady Ready to Continue Dominance of Buffalo Bills
Dec 04 2017
The two-headed running back attack of Dion Lewis (15 carries, 92 yards) and Rex Burkhead (12 carries, 78 yards, 2 TDs) helped, and so did a bend-but-don't-break defense that decisively slammed the door shut in the red zone.
"My job is to focus on winning games, preparing myself and getting this team ready, " Taylor said when asked how he interprets McDermott's mixed message.
White was evaluated for a head injury after intercepting Brady late in the fourth quarter. Both backs consistently broke through first contact and broke away for several chunk plays, including this career-long carry by Lewis.
Brady improved to 27-3 in his career against Buffalo, including 14-2 in games in Orchard Park.
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. This time, it was Taylor throwing the ball directly into the arms of Patriots defensive end Eric Lee for an interception.
After a frustrating end to the first possession of the game, tensions flared on the sideline after the Patriots were forced to settle for a field goal.
Gronkowski was not ejected from the game, but could face a suspension or fine. It seems Belichick and his staff always find a diamond in the rough every year, and Lee appears to be the next in line. Yes, that's the same Eric Lee who was plucked from the Bills' practice squad.
In Sunday's victory, Gilmore made two timely pass breakups and even made a few physical tackles. He now leads the National Football League with 3,374 passing yards. If Gilmore keeps up this level of play, the Patriots will be very pleased with their investment at playoff time.
Patriots are a rare 5-0 in road games this season. That should not come as a total surprise considering the loss of Dont'a Hightower, but the fact New England ranks near the bottom of the league against the run certainly can not make Belichick or Matt Patricia happy.
Amherst native Rob Gronkowski caught 9 passes for 147 yards in the win for New England, which has now won eight straight games. Buffalo threw in some Wildcat plays, and the Patriots also had problems containing Taylor on scrambles. New England's defense has not allowed more than 17 points during the winning streak.