An offensively challenged team such as the Buffalo Bills can't afford to squander scoring opportunities against the New England Patriots.
That's exactly how Sunday's game began, and the Bills essentially were playing from behind the whole day in their 23-3 loss.
The key play that started the Bills' slide was an interception thrown by Tyrod Taylor at the New England 1 with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Taylor should have either eaten the ball or slid in the pocket on the play.
Taylor was looking at Zay Jones initially. But Jones never got into his route because of a strong jam at the line of scrimmage from Stephon Gilmore. Taylor got hit as he threw because Alan Branch bull-rushed Eric Wood back into the QB's left side, which caused the slant pass for LeSean McCoy to flutter. Eric Lee intercepted at the 1. If Taylor had slid to the right in the pocket, he could have hit Charles Clay, who broke open in the middle of the end zone.
Would the Bills have kept pace with the Pats? Unlikely. But they needed to take a lead when they had the chance.