What made the Bills’ latest loss in their House of Horrors – Gillette Stadium – so frustrating is they did so many things right.
The Bills’ coaches had a good game plan on offense and defense. They frustrated Tom Brady with a mix of three- and four-man rushes and blitzes.
They neutralized all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski with a mix of coverages.
They knocked Brady down 15 times.
Jerry Hughes was sensational all game rushing off the edge. That guy is earning his money.
The running game plan was pretty good. Greg Roman out-schemed the Pats on LeSean McCoy’s 27-yard touchdown run.
And they caught the Pats on a day when their offense was depleted.
So what is it ever going to take to beat the Pats on the road in a game that means something? Better offense. The Bills managed one TD in the 20-13 loss. Nobody beats Brady by scoring 13 points.
It wasn’t so much that Belichick shut down Sammy Watkins. That’s the way it goes against Belichick.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor needed to hit some more throws down the field. He wasn’t up to it. Think of how the Giants beat the Pats in the Super Bowls. Eli Manning made some great passes on a dime on the sidelines. Taylor underthrew a couple key throws.
Oh yeah, and the Bills made one more big blunder than the Pats. That was Leodis McKelvin’s fumbled punt return, which gave New England three free points.
So it was a disappointing loss.
But if the Bills play this well the last six games of the season, they’re going to make the playoffs. They need to shake this one off fast on a short week and gear up for a tough game in Kansas City.