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Bills-Patriots report card

>Grading the Bills

RUNNING GAME

B : Had 64 yards on opening drive, then got cute and rushed for 61 the rest of the day. Jackson had 81 yards on 13 carries. It warranted more touches.

PASSING GAME

F : Fitzpatrick went to pieces in matchup with Brady. Threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. Gailey should have had mercy and put in Brohm.

RUN DEFENSE

F : League's worst unit justified its ranking. Woodhead TD run similar to one in first meeting. Green-Ellis should send Christmas cards to Bills.

PASS DEFENSE

C- : Didn't allow wide receivers to hurt them down the field, but didn't bother to cover tight ends in red zone. Didn't get enough pressure on Brady.

SPECIAL TEAMS

D : Return teams were ineffective. Average start after kickoff returns was own 24. Spiller fumbled away a punt. Moorman again shaky.

COACHING

D : Gailey allowed Belichick to spook him out of run game early. Edwards didn't learn from first meeting. Pats used same cutback runs.

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>Grading the Patriots

RUNNING GAME

A : Undrafted tandem was sensational. Green-Ellis ran for 104, Woodhead 93. Had 163 yards in first half alone.

PASSING GAME

B : Brady wasn't great, but didn't need to be. Tossed three TD passes to tight ends and set NFL record for most consecutive passes (319) without interception.

RUN DEFENSE

C : Got gashed on opening drive, but coaches went big and Bills backed down. Not often a team averages 6 yards a carry and scores only three.

PASS DEFENSE

A : Didn't play like a team ranked 30th in the league. Played aggressively and got three picks. When they weakened in coverage, Fitz misfired.

SPECIAL TEAMS

A : Great day in coverage. Bills' average drive start on kickoff was 24-yard line. Mesko dropped three punts inside 20. Spiller fumbled one away late.

COACHING

A : Belichick accustomed to having his way in Buffalo. Dared Gailey to run against bigger front on game's second possession and Bills blinked.

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