The Bills lost to the Patriots on Sunday, 41-25, and are now 4-4 on the season. Here are things your friends will be talking about.
The Patriots' complete and utter dominance
This game wasn’t close. A lot of that was because Tom Brady is so, so good. As Bills fans, you’re more than free to hate his guts, but I hope some part of you is also appreciating what you’re watching.
That was the crux of Bucky Gleason’s column, in which he compared Brady with Derek Jeter in that regard.
If you remember no other stats, remember these: Tom Brady is 26-3 in his career against the Bills. The Patriots have never been swept by a divisional opponent while he’s been their quarterback. Unbelievable.
The Bills didn’t stand much of a chance in this game in part because of Brady, but also because of how many offensive players were injured. Let’s run them down:
-- RB LeSean McCoy, out with a hamstring injury
-- WR Sammy Watkins, on injured reserve with a foot injury
-- WR Marquise Goodwin, out with a concussion
-- WR Robert Woods, limited by a foot injury
-- TE Charles Clay, injured his shoulder during the game
-- RB Reggie Bush, injured his groin during the game
-- WR Brandon Tate, left the game with a concussion
-- WR Greg Salas, on injured reserve with a groin injury
Tyrod Taylor’s healthy weapons were Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams, Justin Hunter, Walt Powell and Nick O’Leary. Fullback Jerome Felton led the team in receiving at halftime.
Also, this happened:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 30, 2016
This dude kills the Bills. Rob Gronkowski scored his 11th touchdown against Buffalo yesterday, his most against any team. Only Don Maynard (15 from 1958-73) and Randy Moss (12 from 1998 to 2012) have scored more against the Bills.
Tom Brady hit Gronkowski for a 53-yard score against cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, a mismatch of epic proportions. Gronkowski is listed at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds. Robey-Coleman is listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds.
The touchdown also gave Gronkowski 69 for his career, setting the Patriots franchise record.
(Also in that link: It doesn’t look like Gronk’s Party Ship is coming back for a second run. Sorry, guys.)
It’s easy to just say, “Well, it’s Tom Brady,” but many of New England’s big plays resulted from defensive lapses. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore had few answers on the field and even fewer in the locker room, Jay Skurski wrote. Jerry Sullivan counted down all the dumb mistakes the Bills made in the game.
What does this loss do for the Bills’ playoff hopes? Well, Rex Ryan says the Bills are no longer playing for the division title, but we knew the wild card was the realistic goal all along. The Bills are officially relegated to the “In the Hunt” portion of the standings with eight games to go.
“We know we can only drop about two more games if you want to try and get into the playoffs,” linebacker Preston Brown said.
Dareus and Lawson did good things
Marcell Dareus and Shaq Lawson each recorded their first sacks of the season Sunday while the Bills brought Brady down four times. Notes on those two, Chris Hogan and more in the Bills notebook.
The trade deadline
The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday. The Bills need help at receiver. Jay Skurski says they should make a play for Cleveland’s embattled star Josh Gordon.
Monday Night Football
The Bills’ next game is at Seattle on Monday night. The Bills last win on Monday Night Football – not Monday night football, which would include the 2014 win against the Jets in Detroit, but Monday Night FootballTM – was all the way back in 1999, their last playoff season.