The Buffalo Bills survived a late game drive by Cam Newton and the New England Patriots, improving to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the AFC East. Both offenses struggled to gain their respective footing on the day as strong wind gusts and rain met both teams on Sunday in Orchard Park, NY. Both Josh Allen and Cam Newton were held to under 175 yards passing, while both did not throw a touchdown pass as well. The Patriots kept the game close the entire contest, but a costly play at the end of the game sealed the fate of the Patriots. With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cam Newton led the Patriots to the Bills’ 19 yard line with 37 seconds on the game clock. Newton would then run the ball on a designed running play, but would fumble the ball and hand the game to the Bills. The win snaps a seven game losing streak the Bills had against the Patriots going into this game.
Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass on the run as New England Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise (91) and free safety Devin McCourty (32) defend during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
This left the game to be decided on the ground, as both the Bills and Patriots ran thirty rushing plays in the game. Buffalo was led by Devin Singletary and Zach Moss, who both ran the ball 14 times for 86 and 81 yards respectively. Moss was able to find the end zone twice on the day, while quarterback Josh Allen also rushed for a score as well. The only Buffalo receiver with more than two receptions was Josh Allen’s favorite target this season, Stefon Diggs. Diggs was able to haul in six receptions for 92 yards, but did not find his way into the end zone. Josh Allen was also able to complete 11 of 18 passes on a rainy, windy day for 154 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Jordan Poyer dominated on the defensive side for the Bills, racking up 11 total tackles, all of which were solo tackles.
Cam Newton fumbles the ball on the final play of the game, handing the win to the Buffalo Bills. (USA Today Sports)
Compared to his counterpart, Cam Newton played a much better game than Allen. Newton was able to complete 15 of 25 passes for 174 yards and zero touchdowns. However, Newton’s impact on the game was on the ground, as Newton carried the ball nine times for 54 yards and touchdown. Damien Harris, the Patriots leading rushing not named Cam Newton on Sunday, carried the ball 16 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Jakobi Myers led the Patriots in receptions, hauling in six passes for 58 yards. The Patriots were led defensively by Devin McCourty and Jonathan Jones, who both racked up six tackles on the day.
The Buffalo Bills will host the 6-1 Seattle Seahawks next Sunday afternoon, while the Patriots will travel to MetLife stadium to face AFC East division rival the win less New York Jets on Monday night.
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