Impressive Weekend In New England For The Buffalo Bills
Back in the 70's and 80's there was nothing more satisfying for Buffalo Bills fans than beating the Miami Dolphins. For the past 20 years Bills fans have been focused on beating the New England Patriots. Sunday in Foxboro the Bills not only won, but laid a 16-0 shutout on the Patriots handing the Patriots their first ever shutout at Gillette Stadium.
The Bills defense picked up where they left off against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bills sacked rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett three times, held the Patriots to 277 total yards and only 1 for 12 on third downs.
Offensively the Bills were efficient with quarterback Tyrod Taylor easily playing his best game of the season. Taylor finished 27 of 39 for 246 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy ran for 70 yards and scored on a 7-yard pass reception from Taylor. Dan Carpenter connected on three of four field goal tries.
But give credit to the defense for this one. Linebacker Zach Brown led the way with 18 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. The Bills forced five fumbles in the game, recovering one to end a promising drive for the Patriots.
It's the first time the Patriots have been shutout at home since 1993 at Foxboro Stadium. With the loss the Patriots drop to 3-1 to end a four-game stretch without Tom Brady, but Brady will return from his Deflate-gate suspension next week at Cleveland.
Meanwhile with their second straight win the Bills improve to 2-2 and back into the thick of the AFC East race. With the Jets losing their second straight game, the Bills and Jets are tied for second-place, one game back of the Patriots. The Miami Dolphins are 1-3.
The Bills travel out west to play the Rams in Los Angeles next Sunday.