The Aftermath: Buffalo Bills

Patriots Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead made an impressive debut with the New England Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jerry F

The New England Patriots were looking for a good game to put the 28-14 loss to the Jets last week behind them.

The Patriots ended up needing each of the 38 points the offense scored, as the young defense was out of sync for most of the game. Other than two badly thrown interceptions by Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the defensive secondary played very poorly.

Through three games in 2010, the Patriots defense has allowed 82 points, the most in Belichick’s regime with the Patriots.

The defense had a hard time all day slowing down Bills running back Marshawn Lynch, who had 79 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Bad tackling made matters worse on this day as well. The defense whiffed on quite a few plays and allowed extra yards on plays that should have otherwise resulted in minimal gains or loss of yards.

Rookie 1st rounder CJ Spiller’s 5-yard touchdown catch in the second half was a result of a poor angle taken by Patriots Brandon Meriweather. He has not been starting of late due to the coaches not having a lot of confidence in his ‘freelancing’. He did get some redemption with a late fourth quarter interception of Fitzpatrick, but he still has a lot of work to do.

The special teams had their issues too as they allowed CJ Spiller to return a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown right after Tom Brady connected with Moss for a 35-yard touchdown. The touchdown catch made Moss 5th all time in receiving yards with 14,604.

The offense  had a good showing in today’s game putting up 38 points. 21 of those came in the second half, much to the relief of everyone that has seen the Patriots struggle in second half of games dating back to last season. To their credit, the Patriots played 60 minutes of football today

Tom Brady hit Randy Moss for a 7-yard touchdown pass after a Ryan Liddell field goal for the Bills to put the Patriots ahead 7-3.  Newly signed Danny Woodhead was an instant sensation as he had a touchdown run of 22 yards.

The running game which was nonexistent last week against the Jets came to life today spearheaded by BenJarvus Green-Ellis who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries. Danny Woodhead also carried three times for 42yards. Altogether the Patriots piled up a very impressive 203 yards on the ground. Their average rushing yards for the season prior to this game was 85 yards per game.

The rookie tight ends continue to be a bright spot in this year’s draft for the Patriots. Aaron Hernandez led all receivers with six catches for 65yards while Rob Gronkowski also pitched in with three catches for 43yards and a score.

The Patriots have a long week ahead of them to prepare for their next game, a Monday night cracker against AFC East rivals Miami Dolphins. If the Patriots offense continue to play like they did today with a balanced offense of run and pass, they will have a shot at the division lead with a win in Miami. The defense will have its work cut out for them, but with a long week ahead to prepare, hopefully they will have a better game than they did today.


4 Responses to “The Aftermath: Buffalo Bills”

  1. JerryF says:

    Watching this young Patriots defense its hard to ignore the fact that they have potential.however they need all the moving parts to come together in order for them to be great. The Bills gained close to 100 yards last Sunday after contact was already made with the ball carrier.that is a problem that can be fixed with proper coaching and technique. The Bruschi’s , Vrabel’s and Ty Law’s of this world did not become great overnight.

  2. brian says:

    Bills fan here. You patriot peeps dodged a bullit sunday.Minus woodhead and obviously tom brady and moss Bills had you beaten! And of course the Fitzy interception in endzone where the stupid bills shoulda run the ball even though you guys stand tough on goal D. A quarterback sneak after a Lynch run woulda put us in the endzone,instead we kept throwin.Bad bills coachin,but our players have way more heart than everyone gives credit for. Good luck this season.Watch out for the mean green in NY!!

  3. John says:

    We are in big trouble with our defense. Buffalo is one of the worst teams in the NFL and they were still in the game in the fourth quarter. The Patriots better take defensive players with all of their top picks in 2011.

    • JimC says:

      It isn’t the players, it’s the coaching. Romeo Crennel is the DC now in Kansas City and the Chief’s are 3-0. The Chief’s defense looks like gang busters with average players due to them being in the correct formation. The Patriots always seems in disarray with some very decent players out there. It appears that the patriots Defense needs more atterntion then Bill can provide…he cannot run this whole team by himself and will not admit to it!

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