Bills Fall to Patriots 37-22

The Buffalo Bills struggled to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense on Sunday.

Terry Pegula's first game as Buffalo Bills owner did not have a happy ending.

In a battle for first place in the AFC East, Buffalo Bills fell to the New England Patriots 37-22.

Buffalo entered the game with a +6 turnover differential, but turned the ball over three times in the first half via interception and fumbles. New England took advantage of Buffalo's miscues to the tune of 13 points and went to the locker room up 13-7.

The Patriots played even better in the second half, scoring 24 points on four possessions. The Bills were able to close the gap to 30-22 late in the 4th quarter, but Tom Brady was able to move the chains on a 3rd and long pass to Rob Gronkowski. Two plays later, Brady found Brandon LaFell for a 56 yard touchdown pass.

Brady moved to 25-2 against the Bills in his career. He completed 27-of-37 passes on the game for 361 yards and a touchdown. Three Patriots receivers finished with over 90 yards receiving. Brandon LaFell led the way with four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski finished with 94 yards on 7 receptions and Julian Edelman finished with 91 yards on nine receptions.

Buffalo's secondary struggled greatly on Sunday without their starting free safety Aaron Williams. Duke Williams was often abused by Gronkowski throughout the game. Duke Williams committed two pass interference penalties on the game. Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin also dealt with coverage issues throughout the game. The play of the secondary is the main reason the Bills couldn't stay in the game, but they weren't alone.

Buffalo's front four struggled to apply consistent pressure on Brady throughout the game. The quarterback took his fair share of hits, but Buffalo's line only sacked Brady twice.

Offensively, Kyle Orton played well enough to win the game. He went 24/38 for 299 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. Scott Chandler was Buffalo's leading receiver with 105 yards on six receptions. Robert Woods added 78 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions and Chris Hogan caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Sammy Watkins was held to two receptions for 27 yards in a 1-on-1 matchup with the Darrelle Revis.

New England's defense finished with five sacks. Rob Ninkovich had 3 sacks and Chandler Jones and Deontae Skinner each had one. Chandler's sack resulted in a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Devin McCourty also added a forced fumble that was recovered by Zach Moore. Jamie Collins had the only interception of the game.

Neither team was successful on the ground. The Patriots finished with 50 yards on 27 carries, while the Bills rushed for 68 yards on 23 carries.

New England (4-2) will take on the New York Jets next week, while the Bills (3-3) will take on the Minnesota Vikings.

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