Ever start a movie and five minutes into it, know exactly how it’s going to end?
Ever finish that movie anyway?
That must have been the exact feeling Sunday for the 70,442 fans at New Era Field. The big, bad New England Patriots came to town and were predictably dominant. Led by the greatest quarterback of all time, the Patriots did whatever they wanted against the Buffalo Bills in a 41-25 win.
The gap between the Bills and Patriots feels as wide as it ever has, and that's mostly due to the presence of one man. At this point, it's becoming difficult to come up with new ways to describe the greatness of Tom Brady. He went 22 of 33 for 313 yards and four touchdowns -- one each to Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Instead of going for No. 5, he let running back LeGarrette Blount in on the fun with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Bills actually started the game with a promising drive, but couldn't punch in a touchdown from inside the Patriots' 5-yard line. Field goals simply won't do against New England, and Brady responded with a methodical, 14-play touchdown drive capped off by a 9-yard touchdown pass to Amendola. New England converted four third downs on the drive, making it clear that the Bills' defense was going to be in for a long day.
The seemingly inconceivable run of injuries certainly did not help Sunday, but this was never going to be a game in which Tyrod Taylor should be asked or expected to match points with Brady. The Bills simply got schooled by the best to ever do it.
Buffalo's secondary, particularly cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, was supposed to be a strength of the team this season, but it's truthfully been the opposite. Gilmore in particular was dreadful, taking three holding penalties and allowing a 53-yard touchdown catch to Hogan. After that play, he was furious with safety Jonathan Meeks about the lack of help over the top.
Maybe it was Meeks' fault -- but Gilmore getting dusted by Hogan and then yelling at Meeks after the play is a terrible look.
Pretty much everything that happened Sunday fit the script perfectly. We have definitely seen this movie before.