Share this article

print logo

DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS

Big Picture: From the opening kickoff until the final gun, it was a glorified scrimmage between the varsity and junior varsity. The Bills suffered their worst home loss in three seasons as the New England Patriots rolled to a convincing 35-7 victory. The last time the Bills were blasted at home like this was Nov. 3, 2002 against -- who else? -- the Patriots, 38-7.

Play of the Game: J.P. Losman's interception in the end zone to cornerback Asante Samuel in the first quarter. The Bills had the ball third-and-22 from the New England 22 when Losman was picked off. Perhaps they could have grabbed an early 3-0 lead, but that's a huge assumption with this group.

Player of the Game: They haven't invented enough adjectives to fully describe Tom Brady. Sunday was child's play for the Pats' quarterback, who was 29 of 38 for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Not exactly fleet-footed, Brady outrushed the Bills and scored a touchdown. So what if he threw two interceptions? It's not like the Bills converted them into points.

Unsung Hero: New England backup running back Kevin Faulk tied for team high in receptions with six for 71 yards. Faulk was usually the safety valve on third down, which the Patriots converted 69 percent of the time.

Game Balls: Brady gets one. So does running back Corey Dillon with his 102 yards and a touchdown. Let's hand out several to the New England defense, which held the Bills to 14 yards rushing and picked off Losman three times. Take away the 51-yard touchdown reception from Losman to Josh Reed, and the Bills finished with a grand total of 132 yards of total offense.

Hit of the Day: Richard Seymour's sack on Losman in the third quarter started a drive that ended with Rian Lindell missing a 32-yard field goal try wide left.

Welcome back: Former Bill Doug Flutie entered the game with 7:02 left to chants of "Flutie! Flutie!" The Magic Man completed a pass for 7 yards and had one rush for 2 yards.

Zebra Report: The Bills were whistled twice for false start penalties that killed a potential scoring drive that had the Bills first-and-10 from the New England 10.

Quote Unquote: Lee Evans on the Bills' meager play in the red zone: "The red zone has not been very good at all. Teams that are good in this league are good in the red zone. If we ever expect to become good, the red zone has to be a priority."

Counting the House: The Bills announced a crowd of 71,810 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Coming Attractions: It's a short week for the Bills, who will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they host Denver Saturday night at The Ralph.

> Grading the Bills

Running game: F

Willis gained 3 yards in eight carries. O-line driven backward in face of run dogs. So much for power running.

Passing game: F

J.P. was overmatched vs. Pats defense. Bills' arsenal was depleted without Moulds. They never burned the blitz.

Run defense: D

It was good enough to keep Bills in game early but wore down as Brady kept Pats on field. Time of possession was brutal.

Pass defense: F

Could have sued offense for non-support. Just one sack. Third-down defense was horrible, as it has been all season.

Special teams: C-

Holding wiped out 62-yard McGee return. Otherwise McGee's returns were good. Lindell missed field-goal try from 32.

Coaching: D

Bills' offensive staff couldn't find way to exploit 31st-ranked pass defense. Not a strong "back-the-coach" game.

> Grading the Patriots

Running game: B

Dillon is on downside but he isn't washed up. Pats sprinkled runs into pass-oriented plan. Dillon ran for 100.

Passing game: A

Brady didn't look like he broke a sweat. He attacked at will and was great on third downs. Eight receivers in the act.

Run defense: A

Seymour made big difference. He missed first meeting. Pats ganged up on run and dared Bills to throw the ball.

Pass defense: A

Pats dominated Bills with blitzes. They knocked Losman around. Samuel INT was a gift from J.P. It was easy.

Special teams: C-

Kickoff coverage is average and had trouble with McGee. Return game did little. Not much of a factor.

Coaching: A

This had to be one of easier defensive game plans Pats have devised. J.P. Losman, meet Bill Belichick.

There are no comments - be the first to comment