Pats Nation: Week 4 vs. Buffalo Recap 😔
Well, that was ugly. This game was pretty much lost from the opening kickoff, and might have even been lost before the coin toss when a few Bills DBs picked a fight with our rookie QB and our rookie WR. Granted, like Martellus Bennett said, if the right people were on the field at that time, "that shit wouldn't have happened". But regardless, the Bills made it a point before the game to show that they were here to hit us in the mouth, and that's exactly what they did. I told y'all last week that Rex Ryan literally lives to play the Patriots, so I knew he would have them ready. He traditionally beats us once a year, so he has his Super Bowl ring for the season and bought himself at least a few more weeks of having a head-coaching gig.
Listen, I realize the Bills were playing a 3rd string rookie QB with a hurt thumb. But that doesn't mask the fact that the entire team played like garbage, and the coaches coached like garbage. Just like last week's game was won with stellar Special Teams play, Sunday was the total opposite against Buffalo. Count me in the group of Pats fans who would rather see someone else back there returning punts and kickoffs other than Cyrus Jones. He obviously excelled at it during his time in Alabama, but the rookie needs to realize this is a whole different ball game. Because of poor decisions, our first two drives started at the 9 yard line and the 14 yard line. In the Texans game, the tables were turned and they gifted us excellent field position twice. Asking Jacoby to drive 90 yards against a Rex Ryan defense is a tall task, let alone with a bad thumb.
The offense literally couldn’t get anything going, as it was evidenced by the goose egg we put up on the scoreboard. Buffalo LB Zach Brown was a nightmare on defense and filled up the stat sheet, leading to him winning the AFC Defensive Player of the week award. We couldn’t run the ball, we damn sure couldn't pass it, and McDaniels was a bit too cute at the beginning of the game with his play calling. The only silver lining was that Martellus Bennett continues to eat, racking up his 2nd 100-yard game in a Pats uniform after only registering 2 100-yard games for his entire career prior to that. Oh yeah, and Gronk finally had his first catch of the season.
This was the kind of defensive performance that makes me want to stomp my TV as if I were a member of God's Property. I would rather see Tyrod Taylor hit huge chunk plays by throwing it deep, or see Shady take it 80 yards to the house, rather than watch them march down the field converting on every single 3rd down. Just when I thought, "ok, it's 3rd and long, we're about to force a punt", we either missed a tackle or just gave too much cushion in zone coverage. Hightower and Collins played possibly the worst game together I've ever seen them play, and the secondary was putrid. The Bills sustained long drives, and a huge part of that was the lack of a pass rush. If you know Bill, you know that when he faces a mobile QB he tells his defensive line to never rush past the quarterback, always stay level and contain. In the first half, that tactic backfired as Taylor had all day to throw the ball and picked apart the defense. The Patriots were forcing Tyrod to beat them with his arm, and that’s exactly what he did.
BUT. Now that this 4 game experiment is over, it's time to get back to real football as Thomas Edward Brady Jr. is back under center. If you were to have told me at the beginning of the season we would be 3-1 at the end of his suspension, I would have said, "shiiiiit, I'll take it". But the Pats won't forget about this loss, and how the Bills acted before and after the game. Something tells me it will be a bit different October 30th up in Buffalo. For now, we're on the Cleveland.