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Nothing new, it's just a loss to the Patriots

Tyrod Taylor leaves the game with a knee injury in the loss

Paul Hamilton
December 03, 2017 - 5:47 pm
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - In my mind, whatever happened here on Sunday has nothing to do with what the final product might be. The Buffalo Bills lost to the New England Patriots 23-3, but when thinking about what it may take to get to the playoffs, two losses to the Patriots were included. On the other end, they must beat the Indianapolis Colts, and the Miami Dolphins twice.

If you had told me Tom Brady would be 21-of-30 for 258 yards and NO touchdowns with one interception, I would’ve said maybe the Bills had a chance. Silly me, they didn’t.

Bill Belichick had a game plan to run the football down the throat of the Bills defense and they did just that. The Pats ran for 191 yards on 35 carries. Dion Lewis had 92 yards while Rex Burkhead had 78 and two touchdowns.

I have to give the Bills defense credit, they got stout in the red zone until the third quarter. It was just 9-3 before the first Burkhead touchdown in the third quarter.

On the first drive, New England got to the Buffalo 31-yard line, but a Shaq Lawson sack interrupted the flow and they settled for a Stephen Gostkowski 50-yard field goal.

On the next scoring possession, Lewis broke free for a 44-yard run to get it to the Bills' seven-yard line, but Kyle Williams got a huge sack and it was Gostkowski again from 31-yards out.

Next time down, Burkhead ran for 31-yards to the Buffalo 30-yard line, but it was another Gostkowski field goal from 39-yards out.  

It was a typical Tyrod Taylor day, but it has to be said, he hurt his knee on the first play of the game when he was sacked by David Harris. He had excellent protection on that play and still got sacked. Taylor has no idea how to throw a ball away to avoid a sack. It happened later too.

Taylor was at his best to start the game, going 4-of-5 for 35 yards. But as the Bills were poised to score, he stood in the pocket with good protection and got happy feet and fired a ball towards LeSean McCoy who had four Patriots around him.

Belichick claimed defensive end Eric Lee off the Bills practice squad and intercepted Taylor at the goal line.

Taylor had to leave in the fourth quarter and was just 5-of-13 for 30 yards for the rest of the game.

The Bills receivers had numerous drops and seemed disinterested throughout the game.

After Taylor left, Nathan Peterman faced a 4th-and-goal from the one. Rick Dennison called a fade from a rookie quarterback to a rookie wide receiver in Zay Jones. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Bills portrait McCoy as one of the best running backs in the NFL. Isn’t he paid to carry the ball from the one when you have to have a score?

To make it worse, McCoy was effective running for 6.2 yards per-carry gaining 93 yards. The Bills running game went for seven-yards a pop and 183 yards, but Dennison is a genius and thought a rookie to rookie pass would be better.  

It’s really a shame the Bills offense couldn’t do anything against a defense that had been giving up plays the past few weeks. This game was there for the taking and really would’ve helped in the race for the Wild Card.

Baltimore beat Detroit on Sunday, but are in Pittsburgh next week. If the Bills can take care of business at home against the Colts, they’ll be right back into it.

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