ORCHARD PARK, NY – Some notes and nuggets from the New England Patriots & # 39; ; 25-6 Victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night at New Era Field:
– Although the final results indicated a relatively comfortable Patriots victory, this was a blow to Tom Brady and the New England offense, with the third (5 for 1
After the Patriots had their opening assets, the Patriots had their next four drives on Buffalo's 7, 22, 20, and 32-yard lines, forcing them to settle for four field goal attempts , Stephen Gostkowski made the top three before missing out on the fourth – a 50-yarder – in the final seconds of the first half.
"We just moved it across the field and we got into the red, and we just could not reach the ball in the end zone," quarterback Tom Brady said. "Just not enough positive games down there, we had some options that we just did not use and I think we feel a lot better when we get those touchdowns."
Tight-end Rob Gronkowski, who was held to victory in three goals for eight goals for 43 yards, repeated his quarterback.
"We need to do some touchdowns," Gronkowski said. "Can not get away with field goals all day, it just depends on running – getting more open and giving Tom more room to throw the ball (we'll certainly have to do better down there)."
The Patriots got another field goal in the third quarter of Gostkowski before gaining a touchdown drive on the fourth attempt. Brady completed key passes to Julian Edelman (26 yards on third-and-6), James White (9 yards on third-and-8) and Chris Hogan (20 yards on the Buffalo 1-yard line) before handing over to White for a 1 yard score.
Broad receiver Cordarreelle Patterson, who started the game as a replacement for the injured Sony Michel, also ripped a 22-yard run in the scoring march.
– A silver lining on the horizon for the Patriots: For the first time this season, they have completed a game without sales.
"Unfortunately, we did not do well in the red," said Edelman. "We were really terrible, but we took care of the ball, we did not turn it over, which was good against a defense that got the ball out."
– Edelman and White were the Patriots' most reliable offensive players in the victory.
The former tallied nine catches 10 goals for a game-high 104 yards at its best performance since returning from suspension in Week 5, and the latter still stacked the numbers as a returner, closing with 10 receptions on 13 goals for 79 Yards to go with his hasty touchdown.
"In tight games like this, someone just has to find a way to make a game," White said.
White's stats this season are nothing short of fantastic. He has 55 catches for 459 yards and six touchdowns through eight games – leading the team in all three categories – is on pace for 110 receptions, which would be an NFL record for a running back.
"James is Mr. Do It Right," said Edelman. "He's responsible, you can trust him, he's doing his job, he's a leader in this team, he's going out and playing every weekend, it was great to see and it was great to have.
– The defense of the Patriots has done an excellent job of restraining Pro Bowl, who is leading LeSean McCoy back.
McCoy won 12 yards on his first carry of the game, then just 1 yard totaled – yes, 1 yard – on his last 12 carries.
His last line: 12 carries, 13 yards. Shot.
"We could not get him going," said Bill's manager Sean McDermott after the game.
– Patriot coach Bill Belichick opened his post-game press conference with a salutation from the Boston Red Sox who had spent the last 24 hours celebrating their World Series title.
"First of all, congratulations to Dave (Dombrowski), Tony (LaRussa), Alex (Cora) and the Red Sox for a great season and a championship and just a fabulous year," said Belichick. "They raised the bar and it was a good weekend for Boston."
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