New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills

  • New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills

In what had the makings of a competitive game early, the Patriots pulled away for a convincing 23-3 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Lewis did not see any action in the passing game, but led the Patriots backfield with 15 touches. The 26-year-old played in nine games this season for Tampa Bay and caught two passes for 21 yards and had three carries for 17 yards before being released on Nov 17. It's certainly been a steady, but dramatic improvement for Matt Patricia's defense, which allowed an average of 461 yards per game in September, worst in the NFL.

Things came to a head in Buffalo on Sunday.

After taking on sack on the first snap of the game, Taylor marched the Bills 66 yards and down to the five yard line, before throwing an interception to Patriots linebacker Eric Lee. Like the Patriots, the Bills would settle for a field goal of their own, this from 49-yards out from Stephen Hauschka making it a 6-3 game.

The second half was a different story offensively. I would say just being able to go there gets your juices flowing, and it's just a dream come true every single time you get to go to your hometown and play. Gronkowski had 147 yards receiving, the most he's had this season, and was a complete turnaround in the second half, as was the rest of the New England offense. Tyrod Taylor suffered an injury, Nathan Peterman was forced to play a lot of snaps and Rex Burkhead scored twice.

Improving to 10-2, the Patriots will clinch the AFC East with either a Bills loss to the visiting Colts next Sunday or with a win over the host Dolphins on ESPN's Monday Night Football. With over 30-all objective yards on the drive to be capped off by a 14-yard rushing touchdown for Burkhead would extend the lead even further in the Patriots favor making it 23-3.