Running game, stingy defense support fiery Tom Brady in win over Bills

Lawrence Cooper
December 4, 2017

Ground delivery - While there was some talk in the days leading up to the Patriots' annual visit to Buffalo that the Bills might be able to keep New England's defensive line off guard with the threat of running back LeSean McCoy, it was, instead, the Patriots' running game that took off on Sunday.

After limiting the Patriots to just nine points in the first half, Tom Brady led back-to-back scoring drives to open the second half as the Patriots opened up a 23-3 lead heading into the final quarter.

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The Bills (6-6) lost for the fourth time in five weeks and now trail the Patriots by four games in the AFC East standings. A mismatch for a Buffalo Bills defense that statistically has struggled, giving up 350-yards per game of offensive yards thus far this season.

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He finished 17-for-25 for 205 yards. Gronkowski had 147 yards receiving, the most he's had this season, and was a complete turnaround in the second half, as was the rest of the New England offense. Then they did the weirdest thing and benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor despite him playing well and the team winning.

Setting up this year's Patriots-Bills matchup, Brady said on Westwood One, "They've got a lot on the line". With over 30-all objective 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.

A third field goal of the half for the Patriots would make the score 9-3 going into halftime. Rookie Nathan Peterman would replace Taylor at quarterback following his knee injury.

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