The Buffalo Bills wanted to build a bully.
Maybe it's already time to head back to the drawing board.
A week after beating the Indianapolis Colts in a magnificent all-around display, the Bills walked into a buzz saw. The New England Patriots came into Ralph Wilson Stadium and sliced them to ribbons for three and a half quarters.
The Bills surged back with an improbable final six minutes before losing, 40-32.
The Ralph, hoping to get into the "Guinness Book of World Records" for having the loudest fans, was in full throat when the Bills too their opening drive 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown.
That was about it. From there, Buffalo was outclassed. New England scored three touchdowns in 12 plays in the first and second quarters.
Tom Brady barely was pressured by Buffalo's touted defensive line, which had Marcell Dareus back after a one-game suspension.
Brady was 38 of 59 for 466 yards (most ever against the Bills, breaking a 54-year-old record) and three touchdowns. Amherst native Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was shaky. He completed 23 of his 30 throws for 242 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. He ran for a late TD, but fumbled twice.
The offensive line didn't do Taylor many favors, surrendering eight sacks for 53 yards.
Dan Carpenter missed an extra point, kickoff specialist Jordan Gay had an unrecoverable onside attempt and the special teams committed six penalties for 49 yards in the first quarter alone. They committed three on Gay's wayward onsider.
The Bills failed on both of their two-point conversion attempts.
Even the Bills' sideline got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.