The Bills (6-6) now face the prospect of continuing their late-season playoff push minus Taylor and going back to rookie Nathan Peterman. A mismatch for a Buffalo Bills defense that statistically has struggled, giving up 350-yards per game of offensive yards thus far this season. Brady has 26 touchdowns against just three interceptions on the season. If Sunday was supposed to be a measuring stick game for McDermott's Bills, they fell well short of where they needed to be. It's also mitigated the loss of slot receiver Julian Edelman, who has been Brady's favorite target for years.
New England (10-2) won its 14th consecutive road game - the second-longest streak in National Football League history - and reached double-digits in victories for the 15th consecutive season. Lewis had a 44-yard gain early on in the half and Burkhead busted out for a career-long 31-yard gain on New England's final drive of the half. A big sack from the Buffalo 5-yard line for Kyle Williams would stop the Patriots and their momentum in their tracks. Brady has won 14 of those games in Buffalo, tying former teammate Drew Bledsoe for the most by a quarterback at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium) since 2001.
The Bills would receive their offense in the first half from an unlikely source in that of a special teamer and backup quarterback Joe Webb.
Like the Patriots, the Bills would settle for a field goal of their own, this from 49-yards out from Stephen Hauschka making it a 6-3 game.
The Patriots will receive the ball to begin the second half.
But who would have thought that neither of these teams would score a first-half touchdown on Sunday.
In last week's 35-17 win over Miami, Flowers finished with four combined tackles and two sacks.
Reilly was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half last Sunday, as he collided with Dolphins running back Sinorise Perry.