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Bills' defensive gem wasted in 25-6 loss to the Patriots

The Bills fall to the Patriots in the team's first Monday Night Football home game in 10 years

October 29, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Another week, another poor showing from the Buffalo Bills offense. 

The Bills fell to 2-6 on the 2018 season after their 25-6 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football at New Era Field.

Buffalo wasted another brilliant performance by the defense, which only allowed 18 points to Tom Brady and the New England offense. While the defense gave up yards in bunches - allowing 387 yards - the unit managed to hold the Patriot's offense out of the end zone for three quarters and kept the team within striking distance until Devin McCourty's 84-yard interception return for a touchdown to seal the game. 

Derek Anderson was 22-of-39 for 290 yards on the night and that interception in the fourth quarter. LeSean McCoy only rushed for 13 yards on 12 carries, but led the Bills in receiving with six receptions for 82 yards. Zay Jones reeled in six passes for 55 yards as well for Buffalo, while Chris Ivory led the Bills in rushing with 34 yards on just six carries. 

Brady was 29-of-45 for 324 yards for New England, and was left off of the scoreboard. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman had 104 yards on nine catches, while Patriots running back James White had the lone offensive touchdown of the evening. 

Buffalo also saw some injures to key players in the loss as linebacker Tremaine Edmunds left the game with a concussion, while Anderson was also injured on the last drive of the game. 

Next up for the Bills is a home matchup with the Chicago Bears at New Era Field on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on WGR Sport Radio 550 with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call. 


SCORING SUMMARY:


First Quarter: 

  • 3-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots field goal - 25-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski is good 
    • Drive info: 15 plays, 73 yards, 5:15 

Second Quarter: 

  • 6-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots field goal - 40-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski is good
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 53 yards, 4:53
  • 9-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots field goal - 38-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski is good 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:27
  • 9-3 PATRIOTS - Bills field goal - 47-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Hauschka is good
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards, 4:03
  • 9-3 PATRIOTS - Patriots missed field goal - 50-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski is no good

Third Quarter: 

  • 9-6 PATRIOTS - Bills field goal - 51-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Hauschka is good
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:37 
  • 9-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots fumble recovery - Kyle Von Noy sacks Derek Anderson and forces a fumble, Patrick Chung recovers the football at the Bills' 29-yard line
  • 12-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots field goal - 25-yard field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski is good 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yards, 0:52

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 18-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots touchdown - James White runs in a 1-yard touchdown (two-point conversion failed) 
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 85 yards, 4:50
  • 25-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots touchdown - Devin McCourty picks off Derek Anderson and returns the ball 84 yards for a touchdown 
    • Drive info: 1 play, 84 yards 



STATS OF THE GAME

Passing:

Buffalo Bills:

Derek Anderson: 22-of-39, 290 yards, 1 INT 

Nathan Peterman: 2-of-2, 23 yards 


New England Patriots:

Tom Brady: 29-of-45, 324 yards

 

Rushing:

Buffalo Bills:

Chris Ivory: 6 carries, 34 yards 

LeSean McCoy: 12 carries, 13 yards 

Derek Anderson: 1 carry, -1 yard


New England Patriots:

Cordarrelle Patterson: 10 carries, 38 yards 

James White: 8 carries, 15 yards, 1 TD

Julian Edelman: 2 carries, 13 yards 

Tom Brady: 1 carry, 8 yards 

Kenjon Barner: 2 carries, 4 yards 

Brian Hoyer: 2 carries, -2 yards

 

Receiving:

Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 6 receptions, 82 yards 

Zay Jones: 6 receptions, 55 yards 

Andre Holmes: 2 receptions, 45 yards 

Kelvin Benjamin: 2 receptions, 45 yards 

Charles Clay: 3 receptions, 36 yards 

Ray-Ray McCloud: 1 reception, 16 yards 

Jason Croom: 1 reception, 14 yards 

Chris Ivory: 1 reception, 11 yards 

Cam Phillips: 1 reception, 9 yards 

Pat DiMarco: 1 reception, 0 yards


New England Patriots:

Julian Edelman: 9 receptions, 104 yards 

James White: 10 receptions, 79 yards 

Chris Hogan: 2 receptions, 49 yards 

Rob Gronkowski: 3 receptions, 43 yards 

Josh Gordon: 4 receptions, 42 yards 

James Develin: 1 reception, 7 yards 

 

Defense:

Buffalo Bills:

Phillip Gaines: 10 tackles 

Tremaine Edmunds: 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Matt Milano: 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Lorenzo Alexander: 6 tackles, 2 sacks 


New England Patriots:

Kyle Von Noy: 8 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble 

Patrick Chung: 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery 

Trey Flowers: 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss 

Devin McCourty: 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD

 

Team Stats:

Total Yards: 

Bills: 333
Patriots: 387


Passing Yards: 

Bills: 287
Patriots: 311


Rushing Yards: 

Bills: 46
Patriots: 76


First Downs: 

Bills: 16
Patriots: 22


Penalties: 

Bills: 6 for 51 yards 
Patriots: 5 for 33 yards 


Time Of Possession: 

Bills: 28:10 
Patriots: 31:50

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