Tyrod Taylor has been the starting quarterback for three years now and we still don't know if he can lead the Bills to the playoffs. Taylor threw for 281 yards on Sunday, his second-highest output of the season, but he couldn't produce nearly enough points to beat the Patriots.
From Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown: "Taylor took six sacks. The first four were his fault, either by running into pressure or holding the ball too long. The Bills came up touchdown-less on each of their first three drives, and Taylor missed key opportunities or failed to avoid bad plays on each. ... Taylor has been hindered by the Bills' sub-par receiving corps the past two seasons. But the bar is high for a Bills QB going against Tom Brady. Taylor did not clear it."
Stock watch: There were positives against the Patriots. Jay Skurski highlights three players trending up after Week 16, and three on the decline.
On to Miami: Five things to know about the Dolphins before the New Year's Eve matchup. Kickoff has been moved to 4:25 p.m. The Bills need to win the regular season finale and get some help in order to end their 17-year playoff drought.
Early forecast: Rain-free most of the time, but a few passing showers are possible before and during the game.
Vic Carucci: "(Vlad) Ducasse gets another chance to see what he can do against (Ndamukong) Suh in Sunday’s rematch at Miami. If it’s another game in which Suh’s name isn’t mentioned a whole lot, chances are Ducasse will have performed at a reasonably high level."
Tim Graham: "Hey, Bills fans. Come over here and take a look inside this Christmas stocking for some goodies. Yule love them! (I hate myself.)"
Another angle: Former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore was in coverage on Kelvin Benjamin's controversial overturned touchdown in New England. "I should’ve played the ball because I think I could’ve picked it," was Gilmore's postgame take. "He’s so big so I tried to knock it out when he came down, but he didn’t get two feet in.”
Advanced stats: What happened to the Bills' pass rush against Tom Brady?
Kirk Cousins watch: The Washington quarterback didn't sound emotional following what might have been his last game at FedExField.