The New England Patriots improved to 10-0 with a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots swept the Bills in the regular season, although Monday's contest was much different than the Patriots' 40-32 shootout win on September 21st. The Bills dropped to 5-5 with the loss, as their offense couldn't find enough success to pick up a win.
The Bills had a chance to tie the game with less than two minutes left and no timeouts, but couldn't drive the 85 yards they needed. The game ended after a Sammy Watkins catch. He fell down in bounds, and rolled out before being touched, but the referees didn't stop the clock.
QB Tom Brady wasn't as effective Monday as he was in the team's first matchup, completing 20 of 39 passes for 277 yards, a TD and a pick. The Bills sacked Brady only once, but pressured him often. It was a pass-heavy offense for New England, as the Patriots ran the ball just 22 times for 85 yards. Most of those carries came in the second half.
Danny Amendola was the top target for Brady, catching nine passes on 12 targets for 117 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury. TE Rob Gronkowski was targeted seven times, but caught only two of them.
Tyrod Taylor wasn't great for the Bills, completing 20 of 36 passes for 233 yards. He landed on his throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter and appeared to be in pain the rest of the night.
LeSean McCoy shoulder the load for the Bills in the running and passing game. He carried the ball 20 times for 82 yards and a score. He was targeted a team-high 10 times, catching six of them for 41 yards.
Sammy Watkins was held in check for most of the game by CB Devin Butler. He was targeted just five times, catching three passes for 39 yards. All of those catches came late in the fourth quarter. With Watkins shut down, Chris Hogan stepped up for the Bills. He caught six passes for 95 yards.
The Bills host the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in a game that has major playoff implications. The Patriots look to keep their undefeated streak alive with a win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.Back to the New England Patriots Newsfeed