Bills Left With Bitter Taste In Their Mouth

Six turnovers by Ryan Fitzpatrick were enough to hand the New England Patriots an easy win on Sunday in Buffalo.

The Bills will end their season Sunday at the New York Jets hoping to erase a bad taste in their mouths.

After a promising second half of the season, Buffalo crash landed with a 34-3 loss to the New England Patriots, a loss fueled by a season-high seven turnovers and 217 rushing yards allowed.

Buffalo is firmly in last place in the AFC East behind Miami. The Jets have clinched a playoff berth.

"More than anything, we have to use this as motivation and not come out and play like this next week," running back Fred Jackson said. "We're playing another good team and it's another good opportunity to come and show what we can do. We don't want to lose like this two weeks in a row (to end the year)."

Coach Chan Gailey, while clearly distraught over his team's disappointing effort against the Patriots, who extended their winning streak over Buffalo to 15 games, was careful not to weigh the loss more than one game out of 16.

But clearly losing to the Patriots in such miserable fashion showed just how far Buffalo has to go.

New England controlled the ball with its running game and quarterback Tom Brady surgically took advantage of his team's takeaways, turning three turnovers by his Bills counterpart, Ryan Fitzpatrick, into three touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick committed five turnovers in all, three interceptions and two fumbles.

"I killed the team today turning the ball over," Fitzpatrick said. "It's very disappointing. It's obviously not the way we thought things would go. It's going to be a tough one for me to swallow but I know everyone has my back just like I have theirs. We have one more week to prove we're a good football team. We still think we are, but today was not our day."

Fitzpatrick, who has thrown 23 touchdown passes, increased his season yardage to an even 3,000, most by a Bills quarterback since J.P. Losman had 3,051 in 2006.

Fitzpatrick, trying to nail down the starting job for 2011, still has the support of Gailey.

"If somebody has done a bunch of good things, there's not any of us that hasn't had a bad day and done some things you regretted," he said. "He did them today and it all came together in one game, which was bad, and it made it look awful."

The Patriots have a way of making even good teams look bad. Against top-10 scoring defenses, they were averaging 29.6 points. The Bills ranked 25th in scoring defense and dealing with so many short fields made it too easy on Brady, who completed 15 of 27 passes and set a new NFL record for attempts without an interception (319).

LINEUP WATCH: Wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, a free-agent rookie from the University of Buffalo, will move up to third on the depth chart following a rib injury to David Nelson. Roosevelt caught a season-best four passes for 74 yards in Sunday's loss to New England, including a pretty 30-yard grab. He also added his first NFL kickoff returns for 30 yards.

BY THE NUMBERS: Seven teams have topped 200 yards rushing on Buffalo this season.

--WR David Nelson suffered a rib injury in Sunday's loss to New England. He will likely miss the season finale at the New York Jets.
--LB Akin Ayodele had a team-high 17 tackles against New England but it was a hollow total. The Bills allowed 217 yards rushing.
--OLB Chris Kelsay recorded a sack in Sunday's loss to New England, giving him 25.5 for his career. That tied him with Fred Smerlas for 10th place on Buffalo's career list.
--QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, bidding to become Buffalo's 2011 starter, had his plans set back with a poor outing against New England. He threw three interceptions and fumbled twice in the team's 34-3 loss.
--RB C.J. Spiller fumbled twice in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, once on a regular carry and once while fielding a punt. He finished with 30 yards on six carries.
--DL Boo Robinson was signed to the practice squad. The rookie from Wake Forest, where he had 12.5 career sacks, spent time with Philadelphia and Cleveland this season. The roster spot was created when Cleveland signed Ko Quaye to its 53-man roster.

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