After winning the AFC East last week with a win over the Denver Broncos, the Buffalo Bills were looking to keep the momentum going against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Buffalo did just that defeating New England 38-9.
After throwing for over 300 yards last week, Josh Allen did it again throwing for 320 yards, 4 touchdowns while completing 27 out of 36 passes. On the ground, Allen ran for 35 yards on 4 carries. With New England keeping Tua Tagovailoa and Jared Goff under 200 yards passing the last two weeks, Allen made it a tough night for New England and was important to Buffalo winning the game.
Even though Josh Allen was the main source of offense for Buffalo, the running game led by Zack Moss was effective when the team was not passing the ball. Moss ran for 57 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 carries. Even though New England had more rushing yards, Moss did enough to help Buffalo pick up the win.
On the receiving side of things for Buffalo, Stefon Diggs was the main target for Josh Allen all game long and he proved why he was the main target with 9 receptions 145 yards, and 3 touchdowns. New England had no answer for Diggs the entire game and it shows with the numbers that he put up.
Despite the offense putting up over 30 points, the defense was spectacular allowing New England to just 9 points and scoreless in the second half. Matt Milano led the way for Buffalo with 8 tackles, 1 sack, and a Quarterback Hit.
On the New England side of the ball, Cam Newton threw for 34 yards while completing 5 out of 10 passes. On the ground, Newton ran for 24 yards 1 touchdown on 4 carries. Besides the rushing touchdown, Cam Newton was ineffective throughout before getting benched for Jarrett Stidham. With Newton, New England could not get much done on the offensive side of the ball.
Coming in for Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham threw for 44 yards while completing 4 out of 11 passes. While in the game, Stidham was not much of an improvement over Newton despite throwing for more yards. New England had the same problem with Stidham, the team could not get anything done on offense.
Despite the loss, one of the lone bright spots on offense for New England was the running game led by Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor. Michel ran for 69 yards on 10 carries while Taylor ran for 38 yards on 6 carries.
With the Quarterback play being ineffective, it was a horrible night for New England receivers. Jakobi Meyers led the way with 4 receptions for 45 yards. Throughout the game, receivers were getting open but it led to an incompletion or an overthrown pass.
Unlike against the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams, the running game was not the biggest problem for New England on defense. Throughout the game, the biggest problem was the ability to defend the pass for New England. The team allowed Buffalo to have 474 yards of total offense.
After winning against New England, Buffalo will host the Miami Dolphins at Bills Stadium in Buffalo. Miami is coming off a 26-25 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders.
After losing against Buffalo, New England will host the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. New York is coming off a 23-16 win against the Cleveland Browns.
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