A win is a win right? The New England Patriots held on for dear life for a 16-10 win against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. It was a long day for Tom Brady who failed to throw a touchdown and surprisingly threw an interception as the Patriots were inside the Bills’ 5-yard line looking to put the game away.
In the first quarter, the Pats jumped out to a 13-0 lead and looked well on their way to an easy win. Brady led a drive that finished with a 4-yard touchdown run by Brandon Bolden. The next touchdown came on a blocked punt by the Patriots that was recovered by Matthew Slater in the end zone.
However, Brady struggled for the entirety of the game and the Bills scored the next ten points. Another Gostkowski field goal saw the lead restored to 16-10. Patriots fans caught a break after starting quarterback Josh Allen went out with a head injury late in the game. The Patriots were able to keep Matt Barkley off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, but never put the game away either. The game ended 16-10, and the Patriots escaped with a win to take hold of first place in the AFC East.
Defense Does It Again
The New England defense is becoming vaunted in a hurry. This was the first time all season they surrendered a touchdown to the opposing offense. Their numbers were still extremely impressive. The Patriots racked up 5 sacks and 4 interceptions. Although Josh Allen scored a rushing touchdown, he was confused all day long. He threw three of the four interceptions, only had 153 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 24. The stars included Jamie Collins (1 interception, 1 sack), JC Jackson (2 interceptions) and Devin McCourty who recorded an interception for his fourth straight game to start the season.
New England’s offense only mustered 224 total yards and Tom Brady had his lowest quarterback rating since 2006. Sony Michel only recorded 63 yards rushing and never found that big play to help spark a drive. Running back James White led the team with 8 catches for 57 yards illustrating the lack of a downfield passing attack for the Pats. The Patriots will need to forget this performance quick and focus on their next opponent. Performances like these don’t happen often for the Patriots. However, they escaped with a win to keep pace with Kansas City Chiefs, who also improved to 4-0. These two teams look to be on pace for an AFC Championship Game.
Star of the Game: Kyle Van Noy – 8 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 quarterback hits