Game Blog Week 7: Bills - Patriots

The Buffalo Bills (2-5) fell to the New England Patriots (5-1) at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY today. The Game Blog recaps the highlights (and lowlights) of the matchup between these two AFC East Rivals. Update 4:06 pm Patriots 28 - Bills 6 FINAL

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UPDATE 4:20pm: PATS WIN 28 - 6

In quick and easy fashion New England improves to 5-1 after beating division rival 28-6.

Corey Dillon TD's, Brady passing TD's, Patriots D and JP Losman turnovers proved to be the recipe for success for New England.

Willis McGahee had spells of productivity but due to Losman's ineptness with the football the Bills were never really in the game.

Here are the final numbers...

Pats Leaders
Brady - 18 of 27 for 195 yards and 2 TD's, the Bills sacked him 4 times
Dillon - 14 rushes for 47 yards and 2TD's
Maroney - 8 rushes for 29 yards
Ben Watson - 5 catches for 60 yards
Reche Caldwell - 5 catches for 22 yards
Doug Gabriel - 3 cathces for 45 yards and a TD
Junior Seau had 5 tackles and 4 assists

Bills Leaders
Losman - 16 0f 25 for 193 yards, 1 INT, 3 fumbles(2 lost)
McGahee - 20 rushes for 59 yards, 2 catches for 61 yards
Pierless Price - 5 catches for 53 yards
Robert Royal - 4 catches for 36 yards
Aaron Schlobel had 2 sacks and a forced fumble

The Patriots are now 5-1 and sit alone atop the AFC East. They travel to Minnesota next week to play the Vikings on Monday. Buffalo drops to 2-5 and will be spared by the bye week next weekend. They return to action in Week 9 as they host the Green Bay Packers.

Lookin' good Pats fans. Get ready for some Monday Night Football.

UPDATE 4:06pm: Patriots Win 28 - 6. We'll have some post game thoughts shortly.

UPDATE 3:37pm: After escaping a collapsed pocket and dodging 2 potential sacks, JP Losman fumbled again while scrambling upfield. New England recovered the fumble at their own 45-yard line. Losman now has 3 fumbles on the day. At least he recovered one of them.

28-6 New England at the Two minute warning.

UPDATE 3:31pm: New England scores again!

Tom Brady has connected to Doug Gabriel for his second touchdown pass of the day. On the play Brady scrambled to his right and found Gabriel in the center of the end zone between 3 Buffalo defenders. Gabriel worked his was from the back of the end zone behind the defenders to give Brady the target. The touchdown pass was Brady's 133rd in his career. Moving him up the record book in Patriots history behind only Drew Bledsoe and Steve Grogan.

On the drive Brady made 2 key completions. On 3rd and 9 Brady again found Ben Watson for 17 yard to the Buffalo 49. On the next play Brady completed to Gabriel down the right side of the field for 31 yards to the Buffalo 18.
Belichick tried to get Dillon the TD trifecta on 2 runs inside the 10-yard line, but they ended in minimal gain. Then came the touchdown pass.

28-6 New England

UPDATE 3:19 pm: After slow starts by both teams to start the 2nd half New England got going on their second possession. Tom Brady connected with Ben Watson on a short pass, which the tight end turned into a 20-yard gain down to the Buffalo 35.
On the next play Brady found rookie wide receiver Chad Jackson in the end zone on a 35 yard touchdown pass, Brady's 9th of the season.

Buffalo managed of a bit of offense itself, well enough to get into Ryan Lindell range. Lindell connected from 46 yards out and brought the score to 21-6 with 11:45 left in the 4th quarter.

UPDATE 2:35pm: Corey Dillon touchdown runs of 9 and 12 yards in the first quarter have given the Pats a 14-3 lead at the half.

Penalties and turnovers, 2 no-no's of basic football philosophy, have put the Bills behind the 8 ball today. Quarterback JP Losman has fumbled twice and thrown an interception bringing abrupt haults to productive Buffalo drives. Willis McGahee has looked good, 38 yards rushing/61 yards receiving, but the effort has only resulted in 3 points off the foot of Ryan Lindell.

Here's how it looks on paper at the midway point...

Brady - 9 of 14 for 63 yards, he's been sacked 3 times technically - one sack Brady to a dive behind the line of scrimmage

Dillon - 23 yards rushing, 2TDs
Maroney - 11 yards rushing, 1 receiving, 74 kick return yards

Reche Caldwell - 4 catches for 19 yards

On defense Vrabel has a sack and Asante Samuel has a pick. Richard Seymour injured his arm late in the 2nd quarter; his return to the field in the second half is listed as probable.

For the Bills...

JP Losman - 10 of 12 for 136 yards and the aforementioned fumbles and interception
McGahee - 38 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving(56 yards on the shovel pass play)
Robert Royal - 3 catches for 26 yards including a nice catch down the middle in Patriots territory shortly before Losman threw the pick.

Bill's have 3 penalties; each one costly, for 22 yards while New England has not yet comitted a penalty.

Buffalo has outgained New England on offense 176 yards to 87.

14-3 Pats. Here comes the second half kickoff.

Update 1:57pm: On first and 10 at the New England 41 JP Losman has fumbled for the second time of the game. Linebacker Mike Vrabel closed in on Losman in the pocket and stripped the ball loose. Vince Wilfork made the recovery and the Pats take over near midfield.

Update: 1:41pm: After a mindless late hit penalty by the Bills on Tom Brady as the quarterback had, as the referee called it, "given himself up", Corey Dillon took the ball 12 yards to the corner of the endzone to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead. Well, Gostowski's extra point got them to 14 points but you get the idea. Unfortunately for Bills fans so do they.

Patriots 14 - Bills 3

Update 1:30pm: Update 1:30pm The Bills are on the board after a 40-yard field goal by Ryan Lindell. The Bill's got in scoring position after a 56-yard shovel pass play to Willis McGahee that gave Buffalo the ball inside the Patriots 20 yard line. Once in the red zone Buffalo succumbed to penalties and a dropped shotgun snap by J.P. Losman which led to the settling of a field goal.

7-3 New England in the first quarter.

After Lindell's 40-yarder Laurence Maroney took the ensuing kickoff 73 yards down to the Buffalo 21 yard line. Maroney stiff-armed, sideline walked and bobbed & weaved his way deep into Buffalo territory.

Bill's coach Dick Jauron challenged the return claiming Maroney stepped out of bounds but lost the challenge and cost his team their second timeout.

UPDATE 1:20pm: The Patriots have taken the early lead up in Buffalo on a 9-yard run up the middle by Corey Dillon for the 7-0 lead. Dillon knifed through the defense behind solid blocking to cap the successful opening drive for New England.

On the drive Brady was 6 of 9 for 42 yards and made Reche Caldwell a favorite early target. Reche Reche has 3 catches for 19 yards. Troy Brown caught a drive continuing 3rd down catch for 9 yards bringing him 5 receptions behind franchise record holder Stanley Morgan in receptions.
Brady just missed a touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell as it went off the receivers outstretched fingertips.

A key play on the drive was a well-blocked 14-yard screen pass to tight end Ben Watson.

J.P. Losman and Willis McGahee take the field down 7-0 early.

UPDATE 1:04pm: Today's one of those days New Englanders are glad they don't live in Buffalo. After getting dumped with snow last weekend it's now cold and rainy in upstate New York for today's AFC East matchup between the Patriots and Bills. The Pats are coming off a bye week and sit atop the division at 4-1. Buffalo is coming off a crushing loss to the Lions in Detroit and limp back to Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 2-4 record.

The Bills looked competetive and almost stole a win in New England to open the 2006 campaign but since then have faltered consistantly. The Pats will be without some key players today. Here are the notable inactives for New England...

TE's Daniel Graham & Garrett Mills
OL's Russ Hochstein and Nick Kaczur
DL's Le Kevin Smith and Marquise Hill
CB/special teamer Antwain Spann

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