First and Five Wrap Up: The Buffalo Bills vs. the New England Patriots

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Buffalo Bills Wrap Up against Patriots

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The inconsistent Buffalo Bills showed up on Sunday at the Ralph Wilson Stadium, and it was the bad side of the inconsistent team. The New England Patriots came into town and told another familiar story of the team that remains on top and the team that remains unable to beat them. This week the Bills were not able to perform well in any of the five points below, from the offensive side to the defensive side, the Patriots were better prepared to go up against this Bills team. Now we are left to wonder if the New York Jets are falling apart or if the Bills are worse off than them. I guess we will find out in San Francisco this weekend.

1- Must win a division match-up The Bills were once again outmatched and outperformed by another division opponent. While the game began hopeful, it ended typically as the Bills, at one point, held a 21-7 lead over their opponent, but then the Patriots scored 35 unanswered points to blow right past the Bills. It was embarrassing and it was painful. In the stands, there actually wasn’t much booing as one would expect, but mostly because fans sat in shocked silence as the Patriots ran over the Bills and finished the game 52-28. Head to head against the Patriots, Buffalo is now outscored 204-116. The Bills now find themselves in a three way tie in the division at 2-2, but hold a loss to each of the teams they are tied with. This season, the Bills now have been outscored 100-56.

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Buffalo Bills First and Five wrap up against Patriots

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2- Offensive Line needs a stand out performance Well the Bills offensive line seems to be the talk of the game the day after, but it is for the wrong reasons. The Bills have lost both offensive linemen, Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik, at least for a couple weeks according to head coach Chan Gailey. This could be a big blow for a line that has been performing very well. Yesterday was a step back as the line struggled to make room for the running backs, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The two running backs put up a combined 62 yards on the ground yesterday and both failed to get into the end zone. While I’m not sure who was more to blame, the struggling offensive line or the injured running backs, but Spiller also had a goal line fumble which could have changed the game and helped bolster up a score of 28-7, instead of 21-7. I wouldn’t chalk it up to a horrible day for the offensive lines as the Bills were able to score 28 points on some long throws to the receivers and tight end. Unfortunately, there were mistakes that were out of the hands of the line.

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Buffalo Bills First and Five wrap up against Patriots

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3- The defense needs to be physical I think the defense forgot they had a game to be honest. I still am baffled at the lack of passion and lack of effort on the part of the defense that have many Bills fans wondering what the heck is going on. Let’s start with Tom Brady who dominated the field, throwing for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was effortless and it seemed easy. The line could not create pressure and the secondary could not make a solid tackle. Wes Welker, who has not been involved much this season until this game, earned 129 received yards, while Rob Gronkowski brought down 104 yards and a touchdown. Next we will move onto the running game that no one really knew existed until yesterday. The Patriots had two 100 yard runners in their game against the Bills. Brandon Bolden and Steven Ridley combined for a total of 243 yards on the ground and found the end zone three times. Two steps forward, about ten steps back. This defensive unit looked like the same old Bills that we have been watching for the past twelve years, recording only one sack, which did not include Mario Williams.

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Buffalo Bills First and Five wrap up against Patriots

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4- Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to make no mistakes Fitzpatrick did what he does best, made mistakes. He has no consistency and was able to scramble around the field in embarrassing style. He threw just as many interceptions as he did touchdowns, four, and he caused two of his receivers to get hurt as he tried too hard to punch the ball into tight coverage. Both Scott Chandler and Donald Jones had to be taken off the field and had their head examined as they were rocked during the game. Fitzpatrick gave a glimmer of hope in the first half as it looked like the Bills finally were going to hand the Patriots another loss, and then the team completely fell apart. As soon as Fitzpatrick needed to burn the clock and slow the pace of the game down, he continued to throw the ball forcing short drives and allowing the Patriots to have plenty of time to catch up and then some. From the time that the Bills went up 21-7 to the end of the game, the Bills offense had the ball for another seven drives. Of those seven drives, there were 28 plays called, 21 of which were pass plays. Call it poor coaching, poor planning, poor game management, whatever you want to call it, it was just poor.

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Buffalo Bills First and Five wrap up against Patriots

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5- Stephon Gilmore needs to not get caught watching Gilmore did not play terrible compared to the rest of the defense but the Patriots were successful in showing a rookie what a champion team is like. Hopefully, Gilmore can watch film from the Jets game and Patriots game and learn from his mistakes and continue to improve. He had a handful of tackles today and was able to force a fumble early in the game to help the Bills maintain a lead in the first half. Gilmore also spent most of the day covering Brandon Lloyd who only managed two catches for 50 yards. Lloyd was able to make a touchdown grab late in the game but it really didn’t matter at that point.

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Buffalo Bills First and Five wrap up against Patriots

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