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.
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