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The (5-2) New England Patriots are on the road to face the (2-5)
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Buffalo Bills to close out week 8 of the NFL season. Kick off is at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN. Click here for all the game details. The two division Authentic Marcus Cannon Jersey , ahem, rivals are set to square off. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 28-3 when facing the Bills, with one of those losses coming in the 2014 season finale as the team rested all of the starters and Brady only played the first half. He will look to extend his NFL record for most wins against a single team.Use this as the thread for game discussion. I will be updating this post as the game develops.Pregame NewsWhat the Patriots have to do to beat the Bills: Offense | DefensePatriots WR Josh Gordon will be disciplined for the first quarter of the game for tardiness.Six of the Patriots seven inactives were already known ahead of the gameday report. LB Dont’a Hightower is the seventh. Here’s the full inactives report.Q1The Bills won the opening coin toss and the Patriots received the opening kick. The Patriots failed to get anything going on the opening drive with Cordarrelle Patterson getting the start at running back (!!). Josh Gordon- who was not benched- let a big pass fall through his hands on third down and the Patriots punted after gaining 9 yards on 6 plays.Buffalo took over from the 32-yard line and LeSean McCoy gained 12 yards, followed by an 8-yard catch by Zay Jones. The Bills only gained 5 more yards on the drive and punted back to the Patriots.Tom Brady took over and dunked the ball to James White and Julian Edelman for 56 combined yards to move down the field, with Josh Gordon (8-yard catch) and Cordarrelle Patterson (7 yards on 2 rushes) to get to the Bills 4-yard line. Brady was sacked for a 6-yard loss on second down and he fumbled the ball and couldn’t connect with Rob Gronkowski on third down as the Patriots settled for a 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.The Bills tried to respond as Derek Anderson found LeSeaon McCoy for a 24-yard completion over linebacker Kyle Van Noy, but that was all Buffalo could gain and they punted the ball back to the Patriots.Brady and company finished the first quarter on the 33-yard line with a second-and-8. The New England rushing attack is pretty lackluster and the passing attack is just dumping the ball to White and Edelman. The Patriots defense has been pretty good, holding Buffalo to 11 rushing yards on 5 carries, and outside of the 24-yard completion to McCoy, the Bills are 2 of 5 for 15 passing yards.Q2Brady opened up the second half by connecting with Chris Hogan for 29 yards to get into Buffalo territory. Brady and the Patriots were fortunate to avoid an intentional grounding penalty and Brady found Edelman for a mid-distance 18-yard gain. The Patriots failed to gain another first down and settled for a 40-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead.The Bills went three-and-out on their next drive, gaining only 4 yards. A weak 19-yard punt by former Patriots punter Corey Bojorquez was Patrick Chung almost blocked gave the Patriots the ball on the 38-yard line.Brady found James White for 15 yards and Rob Gronkowski for 11 yards to get to the 22-yard line, but a 6-yard sack on first down set up a weak dump-off pass to James Develin that fell incomplete. Brady hit Julian Edelman underneath for an 8-yard gain that was well shy of the first down and the Patriots settled yet again for a field goal. Stephen Gostkowski hit the 38-yarder for the 9-0 lead.The Bills wanted to use the rest of the time in the first half to set up a “double-whammy” since they get the ball after the half. Bill Belichick started to use his timeouts after the two-minute warning as Patrick Chung made back-to-back incredible open field tackles to force a fourth down field goal. The Bills hit the 47-yarder to make the score 9-3 with 93 left in the half.Tom Brady and company marched 43 yards on 7 plays, but Stephen Gostkowski didn’t connect on the 50-yard attempt and the Patriots took the 9-3 lead to the half.Neither team has a rushing attack and Tom Brady is on pace for 61 pass attempts. Brady already has 202 passing yards, with 68 to Julian Edelman and 60 to James White. This game is far from over and it’s a total snoozefest. Let’s hope the Patriots offense wakes up in the second half.The Bills get the ball after the half.Q3That felt like an extremely long drive that wound up with nothing. The Bills led a 7-play Youth Dont'a Hightower Jersey , 40-yard drive that included a 40-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin over Stephon Gilmore where the ultimately punted back to the Patriots and pinned them at the 5-yard line.This is where the Patriots really need a running back. James White and Cordarrelle Patterson gained -1 yards on two carries and Brady found Josh Gordon for 7 yards and Ryan Allen had to punt the ball from deep in his end zone. Bills returnman Micah Hyde brought it back 31 yards to the Patriots 35-yard line. The Bills are already in field goal position.And Derek Anderson fumbled the snap and Patrick Chung broke up the dump-off pass to McCoy in the flat. Trey Flowers tackled McCoy for a 3-yard loss, and Anderson found Benjamin for 5 yards. The Bills gained just 2 yards on the drive, but connected on a 51-yard field goal to bring the score to 9-6.The Patriots led a 7-yard drive for only 29 yards and they punted back to the Bills, who start their next drive on the 20-yard line. This Patriots offense really misses a running game as Edelman and Patterson combine for 21 yards on 7 carries. White and Kenjon Barner have 16 yards on 7 carries. Brady has 8 yards on his one run.How about that? Kyle Van Noy came screaming around the edge to force a fumble that Patrick Chung recovered on the Bills 29-yard line.And then Gronkowski made an impossible, juggling catch around the defender and along the left sideline to get to the Bills 7-yard line. Gronkowski’s toe looked to be on the boundary, but the officials didn’t see enough to overturn it. James White gained zero on first down, Tom Brady threw an ugly ball on second down, and then threw it away on third down as the Bills defense held strong and forced yet another field goal. Gostkowski his the 25-yarder to make the score 12-6.The Bills are driving around midfield as we head to the fourth quarter.Q4Anderson threw an incomplete pass on third-and-3 and the Bills punted the ball to the Patriots.Tom Brady and company took over from their own 15-yard line and Brady overcame an offensive holding call against LaAdrian Waddle to lead an impressive drive. Brady found White for 19 yards and Edelman for 29 yards, before Patterson scampered around the end for 22 yards to get to the 22-yard line. Brady connected with Hogan for 20 yards to the goal line and White ran up the middle for the 1-yard score. The Patriots tried to go for two-points, but Brady threw an interception and the score remained 18-6.Edelman has 117 yards from scrimmage; White has 94 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown; Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, and Josh Gordon all have between 42-49 yards. This is an incredibly balanced day for the Patriots offense, even if they’ve disappointed in the red zone.Devin McCourty just called game. Derek Anderson and the Bills were trying to draw the game to within a field goal , with Anderson spreading the ball around the offense completing 5 of 6 to five different targets for 60 yards to the New England 25-yard line. Jason McCourty made an excellent break-up in the corner of the end zone on first down and the officials called the next play incomplete after a review. A false start set the Bills up for a third-and-15 from the 30-yard line and McCourty intercepted the next pass and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown, giving New England a 25-6 lead.Anderson and the Bills tried to mount another late comeback drive with 24 yards to Andre Holmes, 11 yards to Chris Ivory, and 8 yards to Charles Clay to the get to the Patriots 32-yard line. Stephon Gilmore broke up the fourth down pass to force a turnover on downs to give the ball back to the offense.Patterson carried the ball three times for 7 yards and forced Buffalo to use up all their time outs before Ryan Allen punted back to the Bills.The Bills made it to Patriots territory, but a 12-yard sack from Adrian Clayborn and a 10-yard sack by Kyle Van Noy effectively ended the game.The Patriots win with a final score of 25-6 and move on to 6-2. When the going gets tough, Tom Brady goes to Rob Gronkowski.The Patriots tight end had only three catches against the Chiefs on Sunday night, but he had big gains on each of the team's final two drives to help New England beat previously undefeated Kansas City 43-40.Gronkowski had a 42-yard catch and run to start a drive with under four minutes left that helped set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Then, after Patrick Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on a 75-yard touchdown, Brady found the big tight end for 39 yards to the Kansas City 9.Gostkowski ended it with a 28-yard chip shot."We kept fighting. We stayed strong," Gronkowski said Monday. "It was a great night, a great football game."A five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP, Brady has had no trouble finding receivers in his 18-year career. But Gronkowski is one of his favorites, including 76 TD passes from the Patriots quarterback — nearly twice as many as the next most prolific Brady target."He made a big play. He's been making a lot of those his career James White Jersey ," Brady said. "I'll keep throwing to him in the biggest moments."Gronkowski had one catch in the first quarter and then wasn't targeted again until the fourth as the Chiefs double-covered him for much of the game. But on first and 10 from their own 21 with 3:50 to play, Brady hit Gronkowski for 42 yards to set up a 50-yard field goal that made it 40-33.After Mahomes and Hill tied it, Brady dropped back from the Chiefs 48 and saw his 6-foot-6 tight end running one-on-one with cornerback Josh Shaw. He lofted a long pass into Gronkowski's arms; it took Shaw another 15 yards to bring him down."It was a really good throw," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan, who had catches of 42 and 19 yards on back-to-back plays during the Patriots' last touchdown drive. "I knew that with Rob being there, he had a really good chance at getting the ball. He ran a great route and set the offense up for a game-winning field goal."With three catches for 97 yards, Gronkowski finished the game with 500 career receptions — just the NFL's 15th tight end to reach the milestone. He did it in 108 games, the fourth-fastest in league history; he also hit the 7,500 yards receiving mark, the eighth tight end to do so."They just made plays when it came down to it. The quarterback is a damn good player. The tight end is a damn good player," Chiefs cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. "Those guys have been with each other a long time and you can see it. You can see the non-verbal communication. They just made more plays than us tonight. I tip my hat to Tom Brady. I tip my hat to Rob Gronkowski. I tip my hat to Julian Edelman, the whole Patriots football team."
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