The New England Patriots (2-1/1-1) got back to winning on Sunday and took a huge division win the process with a 38-30 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bills (0-3/0-2). While the defense still looks porous, the offense for the most part was back to clicking like old especially when the team really needed it.
If you're looking for this team to win games with its defense it's just not gonna happen. Not in the near future anyhow as many of the main performers are either young players with three years or less of NFL experience or slightly experienced guys learning a new system. and let's face it, it shows.
The defense did everything in their power yesterday to make the Bills NFL worst offense look like the second coming of the 1980's San Francisco 49ers. They ran the ball down the Pats throat, they threw at ease to in many cases wide open receivers. It seems as if the secondary is playing way too much zone and giving up too much space and they let Ryan Fitzpatrick, a career backup from the Ivy League, pick them apart like Joe Montana in his prime.
Then they let Marshawn Lynch cut threw them like a hot knife in butter. I'm shocked he only had 79 yards. They also gave up way too many 20+ yard plays. CBS showed a graphic that said the Bills had 2 plays of 20+ yards in the first two weeks, yesterday they had 7. If it wasn't for the two INT's Fitzpatrick threw this game could have been much different.
The special teams weren't much better allowing a 95 yard KORTD to exciting rookie C.J. Spiller for his first NFL TD. On the play, only 1 guy touched him and that was the kicker Stephen Gustkowski who got pushed into him. Other than that Spiller could have crawled into the end zone. Overall Spiller had 5 KOR for 189 yards.
At least the offense was a somewhat brighter spot on the day. Tom Brady was an efficient 21 of 27 for 252 yards and 3 TD's with no INT's, Wes Welker and Randy Moss each had a long pass play to them but it was the young guys like rookie TE Aaron Hernandez, who had 6 grabs for 65 yards, fellow rookie TE Rob Gronkowski had 3 catches for 43 yards, recently signed RB Danny Woodhead had 42 yards on the ground including a 22 yard TD run and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 98 yards on 16 carries with a 22 yard TD run as well.
This team still isn't where it needs to be but the foundation is there they just need to improve, especially defensively because there will be games where the offense won't be able to bail them out like they did on Sunday.
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