Not so fast Patriots' fans, shut it down. I hate to say I told you so but did you read the last article I wrote? Don’t worry; it’s not too late to check it out as I predicted the outcome of the Bills/Patriots game pretty much to a tee. That means there isn’t much to write about here and I am taking the day off! Ah, perhaps not…………………………it was any given Sunday in week 3 as the Bills were looking to break their losing streak at home against the Patriots. The Bills haven’t beaten the Patriots since 2003 (15 game losing streak) but finally in 2011, they had all the tools to do it.
The Patriots started off fast scoring 21 points unanswered in the first two quarters. It was late into the second where Stevie Johnson caught an eleven yard touchdown from Fitzpatrick to get the momentum going, and then Ryan Lindell hit a 42 yard field goal before the half to make it 21-10. In the second half, the Bills controlled the game clock and outscored the Patriots 24-10. One of the biggest and most shocking plays of the game was a 27 yard interception return to the house that Tom Brady threw in the fourth quarter to Bills’ cornerback Drayton Florence.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions while Brady threw for 387 yards, four touchdowns, but an outstanding four interceptions. Jarius Bryd led the Bills on defense with 8 tackles and four assists while Fred Jackson totaled 161 yards through the air and on the ground with a touchdown on the day. Wes Welker had a phenomenal game with 16 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the game, which is a franchise record for the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski had two touchdowns on the day with 109 receiving yards and is now on pace for an eighteen touchdown season.
In the end, that doesn’t really matter as the Bills are in first place in the AFC East with a 3-0 record, tied with the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFL. You can blame Tom Brady for playing sloppy but you got to give the Bills’ defense credit. This was a great game that could have gone either way, but the Bills just simply wanted it more. The Patriots will look to rebound in week 4 as they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders (2-1).