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All Six Reasons Why The Buffalo Bills Lost To The New England Patriots In Week Two

The Buffalo Bills lost to the New England Patriots at home in week two of the regular season. On paper, this is a game the Bills could have won. Here is an explanation of the reasons they did not...

The Buffalo Bills lost to the New England Patriots in front of their home crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On paper, this is a game the Bills could have won. But they didn't, and their record is now 1-1 to start the season. Here is the best way I can explain what happened...

Reason #1: Lack of Discipline

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For those of you without an Abacus in your car as you read this on your phone, that was 14 penalties, for 140 yards. Three of those penalties gave the Patriots a first down. The Bills brought a lot of emotional intensity to the game, but they didn't seem to have the discipline needed to beat a team that just won a Super Bowl (again). Bills fans saw this same lack of discipline in the team's week one win over the Indianapolis Colts. This is a huge problem for the Bills going forward.

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Reason #2: Pass Protection

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was sacked 8 times for a loss of 53 yards. Taylor is a mobile quarterback, and was able to elude some of the pressure Sunday with his feet. Let it sink in: 8 sacks. That is simply awful. Some of this had more to do with Taylor being nervous in the pocket, which would make sense the way left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard John Miller missed some blocks. I've definitely seen worse, but their inconsistency may have been enough to rattle Taylor's confidence early. The Bills were lucky the Patriots didn't get that safety in the first half. You remember that, right?

Reason #3: Interceptions

Tyrod Taylor completed 23 of 30 passes. That's good. He threw for three touchdowns. That is also good. He rushed for 43 yards and a fourth touchdown. These are fantasy football top tier QB numbers. But he also threw for 3 interceptions, and appeared to lack poise/confidence in the pocket. That is fatal against a team like the Patriots, as our own eyes have now witnessed.

Reason #4: The Bills Defense

The Patriots gained 507 total yards against the Bills, and a whopping 40 points on the board. Three Bills interceptions definitely put the defense on the field more than they would have liked, but here is another stat: The Patriots only had to punt one time. The Bills defense sacked Brady twice, and held the Patriots ground game to a total of 56 yards on the ground. Those numbers sound good, except...

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Reason #5: Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw 59 passes, completing 38 of them for 466 yards and three touchdowns. From what I'm finding on the internet, that is the second highest total of his entire career, and the most ever by an opposing quarterback against the Bills. So although the Bills didn't break the world record for loudest stadium, there's at least those two accomplishments for the history books. This is the man Bills head coach Rex Ryan was going to focus on and shut down for 70,000+ fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Reason #6: Bill Belichick

Yes, the Patriots also had their share of penalties: 11 for 119 yards. That is too many. But they always seemed to be focused and ready for each play. This is a hallmark of Bill Belichick coached teams as Bills fans are all too aware. One of the penalties gave the Bills a first down. But just one. It is definitely the players who make all the plays and not the coaches. Sure, I'll give you that. But this is the best NFL coach of this era, and it showed on Sunday.

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