New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills

Dec 04, 2017, 00:52
New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills

A 44-yard Dion Lewis runs for the Patriots was the longest play of the half as Lewis was able to get deep into Buffalo territory thanks to a massive stiff arms safety Jordan Poyer.

Lewis did not see any action in the passing game, but led the Patriots backfield with 15 touches. Burkhead ran 12 times for 78 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns and also caught three passes for 25 yards.

numberFire's models projected Lewis for 10.0 FanDuel points and he came up just shy of that with 9.2 on Sunday.

Buffalo can keep their playoff hopes alive with a win, whereas New England can guarantee yet another double-digit win season if they pull it off.

After rushing for 193 yards a week ago versus Miami, the Patriots racked up 191 yards on the ground this week.

The Pats settled for three field goals after struggling in the red zone in the first half.

The second half was a different story offensively.

Perhaps with that game in mind, Brady said Monday on Westwood One Radio, "Going to Buffalo late in the season, it's always a tough place to play". Sparked by Eric Lee's interception to thwart the Bills' impressive opening drive in the end zone, the unit held quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy in check to continue its impressive momentum. Taylor completed 9-of-18 passes for 65 yards and an interception. Rookie Nathan Peterman would replace Taylor at quarterback following his knee injury. Burkhead would finish with over 100-all-purpose yards on the day.

Brady then cited the Bills' most recent game, a 16-10 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Patriots were crunched 41-14 in the 2014 season in a game that sparked Bill Belichick's now-famous "on to Cincinnati" refrain. With over 30-all goal yards on the drive to be capped off by a 14-yard rushing touchdown for Burkhead would extend the lead even further in the Patriots favor making it 23-3.