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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots Monday Night Football Halftime Thoughts

The first half was a defensive battle between the Bills and Patriots

At halftime, the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots find themselves in a defensive battle. At halftime, the Patriots lead 10-3.

-Tyrod Taylor's first half has been up and down. He underthrew what would have been a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan but then had a perfect pass to LeSean McCoy late in the half. Instead of 14 points, Hogan's pass fell incomplete, although pass interference could have been called, and the Bills settled for a field goal. McCoy's pass also fell to the ground which led to a missed field goal by Carpenter. Against the Patriots, you need to put up touchdowns.

-Carpenter's missed field goal gave New England great field position and enough time to move down the field for the lead late in the half. 

-New England has done a great job of taking away Sammy Watkins. Buffalo's top receiver does not have a reception at halftime.

-The Patriots have also done a good job of limiting LeSean McCoy in the run game. Buffalo's back has averaged 3.2 yards per carry.

-Buffalo has hit Tom Brady more at the half than they did in Week 2. Their strategy was working until late in the half when Buffalo gave Brady fantastic field position.

-LeGarrette Blount has been a non-factor for New England. He's rushed for five yards on five carries.

-New England's offensive line is a mess right now. Brady is taking too many shots and the running backs aren't getting very good lanes.

-Losing John Miller is a tough loss for the Bills. He's certainly had his struggles this season but he's a much better option than Kraig Urbik. His injury is a big concern.

-James White has done a good job in New England's backfield, especially as a receiver.

-Buffalo said they had a plan to keep Gronkowski in check and at halftime, they've done a great job by holding Gronk to one reception for 10 yards.

-Missed tackles have been a common theme for the Bills this season and a few missed tackles on New England's final drive proved to be costly.


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