BOSTON (CBS) – The Patriots-Bills game Monday night wasn’t a good one. Sometimes it’s extremely ugly thanks to a strong gust of wind that sends throws either away from target – or not at all.
Monday night is undoubtedly one of the most unique football matches anyone has ever watched, as Mac Jones and the Patriots only managed to get through three times. But the lack of throws didn’t make much sense, as the Patriots took a 14-10 win over their division opponent. We know the Patriots are a running team and we know they’re going to hit the ball a lot going into the game. But come on! Three passes is a bit ridiculous.
Ridiculous or not, it worked. The line of attack was unbelievable and the New England backtracks found the holes they provided. The Bills know the Patriots are running the ball, and they still can’t stop it.
The Patriots have now racked up seven straight wins and remain the top seed at the AFC heading into their bye week. Meanwhile, The Bills have just lost a home game where their opponents only managed to make three passes. That has demoralized the current 7-5 Bills.
And now Buffalo has to play Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Good luck with all of that. Here are the ups and downs from a completely wild Monday night stand in Buffalo.
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Ground and Pound
The Patriots controlled the ball 94% of their games. The Bills knew the race was coming, and there was still not much they could do to stop it.
New England ran for 222 yards on 46 carries, with Damien Harris taking 100 yards of his 11 carry and Rhamondre Stevenson winning 78 of 24 carry. Brandon Bolden had 28 yards on his four runs.
Harris scored the only goal of the game for the Patriots, a beautiful 64 yards in the first half. He had to leave in the second half (more on in the Downs), but then Stevenson came in and was an absolute beast.
The Pats went into a drive eating 8:34 in the second half, including 6:35 in the third quarter when they had the wind going against them.
A team doesn’t run so well usually without a great game from the front. The Patriots got that from their offensive front.
David Andrews, Ted Karras, Isaiah Wynn, Shaq Mason and Trent Brown are phenomenal. Michael Onwenu was the one who played a supporting role in the majority of their matches to give some extra kick. Full-back Jakob Johnson threw in some serious saves.
Add it all up and the Patriots completely dominate the line of scenarios against the Bills. Such a squad playing at such an elite level signals that we are entering the cold part of the season.
The offensive line-up had to put in a lot of work, and certainly earned a bye week on Monday night.
Defensive keep late
In the end, the Bills had a chance to win, but the Patriots’ defense made a lot of saves in the penalty area. Adrian Phillips scraped a potential Josh Allen touchdown pass to Dawson Knox in the late zone in the third and 14th minutes, and then Myles Bryant blocked it by beating Allen’s fourth knock-down attempt. . Devin McCourty fouled Allen in that final game for Buffalo, forcing QB to throw in.
If the defense hadn’t made those plays, we could have had another conversation right now. But the defense played as well as most of the season.
The wind certainly helped their cause, but the New England D kept the Bills just 145 meters across. Buffalo only had a total of 230 yards for the match.
The defense has scored 36 points – in total – in the last five games. Oh my God.
Monday night is not an easy night for football fans, but Folk are always the nails. He connected both of his kicks despite the wind, hitting from 41 and 34 metres. The veteran player currently has 52 straight passes when kicking for 50 yards. Pretty good.
This is a pretty good champion, but we saw the Patriots handle tons of adversity during Monday night’s game and still lead. They didn’t have a safe Kyle Dugger to start with but got big roles from Bryant and Phillips. When Harris was wounded, Stevenson took over and the onslaught on the ground continued.
Monday night’s victory was as exciting as they came, and this Patriots team continues to come together and grow at the best possible time. They now control their own fate with four games remaining in the regular season.
Harris came out late in the first half with a hamstring injury and was questioned about a possible return at that point. He came back, and then limped off to a 22-yard advantage in his final game of the evening.
Good thing the Patriots said goodbye to their week. Phillips was also defeated after he broke Allen’s third down pass late in the game.
N’Keal is trying to hit the ball
N’Keal Harry has never been back on the field for the Patriots, and that remained true after Monday even though he was back on the first field. That’s because he didn’t make it, and it was a disaster for the Patriots.
With Gunner Olszewski lining up longer on the field because of the wind, Harry was the long-term New England man in a Bills first round. First, he missed his foot while watching Matt Haack’s kick. Then he let it peek out of his mask and, without recovering the ball, let Buffalo rush in and take it in New England 14.
A few plays later, Allen fired a laser at Gabriel Davis to give them an 8-7 lead. Chances are we won’t see Harry on the field again anytime soon.
This is not the knocking of Myles Bryant, but the knocking of the officials. Their “personal foul” on Bryant in the third quarter was a brutally terrible call.
When the Bills faced 3 and 7 at New England 41 in the middle of the third round, Allen used his foot to try to move the chains. He jumped along the touchline and extended his hit while staying in the bounds, which is when Bryant pushed him out of bounds.
So the defensive defender was awarded a penalty from 15 yards. It’s basically a penalty when playing defensively.
It was also a big call, because instead of innings 4 and 1, the Bills had a new game in New England 17. Buffalo settled for an on-court goal four innings later to make it an 11-game. ten.
With Harry’s fumbling and Bryant’s punishment, the Bills were given pretty much every 10 on Monday night.
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