The New England Patriots traveled to New Era Field without having trailed in a game since Oct. 29. The Bills received the opening kickoff Sunday and had a chance to snap that streak on a promising first drive, but Tyrod Taylor threw a bad red-zone interception and the Patriots drove back down for a field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead after one quarter of play.
The interception continued the Bills' struggles in the first quarter this season, and on their opening drive in particular. In their 12 games this season, the Bills' first possession has resulted in six points for Buffalo and seven for opponents. The drives have produced two field goals, seven punts and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Chargers.
The #Bills 12 opening drives this season have netted 6 points for Buffalo and 7 points for opponents.
NYJ - INT
CAR - punt
DEN - punt
ATL - punt
CIN - punt
TB - FG
OAK - punt
NYJ - punt
NO - FG
LAC - INT/Pick 6
KC - punt
NE - INT
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) December 3, 2017
Taylor had decent pass protection in the first quarter but often hesitated to make rhythm throws while completing four of six passes for 35 yards. The Bills had first and goal from the 6-yard line on their opening drive when Taylor tried to go back to LeSean McCoy over the middle near the goal line, but threw right to a waiting Patriot.
Adding to insult, former Bills' practice squader Eric Lee made the interception.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 3, 2017
Sup? Third-string QB Joe Webb took a direct snap on a third-and-2 play and picked up a first down. It was his first offensive touch of the season.
Above average: Tom Brady passed 65,000 career passing yards in the quarter.