Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots Takeaways

Steven Senne/Associated Press

Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots Takeaways

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Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots Takeaways

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Steven Senne/Associated Press

It was quite the opposite from what we saw the last time these two faced, still cold but there wasn’t snow and 50 mile per hour winds. The Buffalo Bills would walk into Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots, and leave with a 33-21 win. This victory allowed the Bills to reclaim first place in the AFC East. Here are a few of the takeaways from this game.

Josh Allen Was The Bills M.V.P.

Just as in most games this season the offense ran, literally ran through Josh Allen. He would not only go on to complete 30-of-47 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns but also ran the ball 12 times for 64 yards. Allen would have a crucial run on a fourth-down play and converted it into eight yards, in doing so it extended the drive and ended in a touchdown to Dawson Knox to seal the game.

Patriots Defense Still Off

On average, the Patriots defense had allowed on average only 16.2 points per game. In last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, they allowed 27 points, and against the Bills allowed 33. The defense for the Patriots had trouble getting the Bills offense off the field as the Bills scored on all of their possessions besides one that ended in a failed fourth-down conversion in the second quarter. The Patriots defense that had also been great at creating turnovers as they have 27 on the year, wasn’t able to get any on Sunday. The Bills offensive line that was also dealing with injuries and COVID-19 problems kept Josh Allen from being sacked at all.

Damien Harris A Bright Spot For Patriots Offense

The last time these two teams faced off, Damien Harris ran for 111 yards and a touchdown. In this game though, he ran it 18 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns. In their Colts game the week prior, Harris missed it due to a hamstring injury. In that game, the Patriots only accumulated 81 rushing yards, with their leading rusher being Rhamondre Stevenson with 36 yards. In the Colts game they also didn’t score until the fourth quarter, with Harris back in the lineup he was the one to put the Patriots on the board.

Bills Run Defense Still Needs Improvement, Pass Defense Shines

As mentioned above, the Bills run defense didn’t do horrible but it also still gave up 5.5 yards per run and all the Patriots touchdowns would be from rushes. It was the pass defense that really showed in this game to help in the victory. In week 13 Mac Jones only attempted three passes against the Bills, this time he attempted 32 and completed only 14 passes for 145 yards. The Bills also ended up intercepting Jones two times.

Bills Wide Receiver Depth Plays Huge Factor

Leading up to the game it was announced that both Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis had tested positive for COVID-19 and were ruled out. With the two receivers out Stefon Diggs would help by hauling in seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, yet it would be backup Isaiah McKenzie who would have a big game. McKenzie would have 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. They also got running back Devin Singletary involved as he not only had 39 rushing yards but also 39 receiving yards. 

The Buffalo Bills now improving to 9-6 will head back to Orchard Park to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons coming to town. The New England Patriots will look to break their two-game losing streak with a home matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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