--- RUNNING GAME
BILLS (D): Ground game went out the window fairly early. Nevertheless, it wasn't good enough in limited chances in first half.
PATS (B): Curtis Martin found room on softened-up defense in second half. But Pats could have secured early KO with better running.
--- PASSING GAME
BILLS (F): Start with fact Todd Collins almost got killed. Add Hobert's INTs, Moulds' drops. Awful. Billy Joe needs a telescope for his erratic arm.
PATS (B): Bledsoe wasn't great, but didn't need to be. He has weapons galore. Coates is best true TE in NFL.
--- RUN DEFENSE
BILLS (C): Front seven was stiff, as usual, in own territory. It didn't matter. A shutout was only way Bills were winning this game.
PATS (B): Good bounce-back after nightmare at Mile High. However, we still have doubts about Pats' sturdiness up the middle.
--- PASS DEFENSE
BILLS (C-): Got off to bad start with coverage problems vs. Coates. Kerner looked good in place of Burris. Pocket push was decent.
PATS (A): Took advantage of Bills' shaky pass protection with zone blitzes. Didn't get beat deep. Didn't drop gift-wrapped INTs.
--- SPECIAL TEAMS
BILLS (D): Another rough day. Christie missed FG. Kickoff returns were awful early. Gave up 29-yard punt return and 33-yard kickoff return.
PATS (B): Plagued by poor coverage first five games, Pats looked like Tasmanian Devils. Put Bills in field-position holes. Vinatieri is on fire.
BILLS (D): Levy took blame for flat showing. Didn't look like a team playing for division lead. No excuse for 11 penalties.
PATS (B): Overpowered inferior opponent. Cut down on penalty problem. Carroll showed discretion by not running it up in second half.