Quick Hits: Five Notes from the Patriots-Bills Game
Now that’s what we call a win. After two controversial losses, the Patriots stormed back on Sunday to beat the Buffalo Bills, 52-28. The win was built from an amazing second-half comeback, in which the team scored 45 points to the Bills’ 14, after being down by a touchdown to enter the second half.
Although we can talk about the amazing game Brady (and his potty mouth) had, other parts of the team are looking good, too:
1. Sunday’s win was also courtesy of Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley, who rushed for 137 and 106 yards, respectively. This marks the first time in 30 years that Patriots running backs have rushed for 100-yards each in the same game, and the second time altogether.
2. The Gronk report: Gronkowski is back in true form because he was given a chance to do what he does best. He had five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.
3. Wes Welker joined Gronkowski in this week’s 100-yard club. Welker has started to see the ball more in recent weeks and got nine receptions for 129 yards.
4. The defense rebounded strong from the last Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, 31-30, where they looked more like Swiss cheese than a football team. They were able to get after Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, for three sacks by Hightower, Jones, and Ninkovich. In addition, Fitzpatrick threw four interceptions, two of which were picked off by cornerback Devin McCourty. Nice.
5. Last but not least, huge props go out to the real referees for coming back and not screwing anything up. Sure, they miss calls too. Everyone’s human. But they also took the time to review and figure out the tough calls of the game—plus they know what a clear interception is. Just saying.
We leave you with Brandon Lloyd’s first touchdown as a Patriots. As my grandma used to say, a diving touchdown wins it all.