5 things we learned from Patriots convincing win over Bills


5 things we learned from Patriots convincing win over Bills

The Patriots were a bit uneven in forging a 9-3 halftime lead before hitting a bit of a groove in the second half.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the cusp of another record entering Sunday's road game against the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots have turned to the Bills to fill several holes on their roster in recent years, with Lee the most recent example.

Buffalo remains a long, long way from staying with New England, and the playoff drought could very well be old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes after this season. Buffalo had run 13 plays for 66 yards and chewed up 7:09 of clock to get all the way down to the Patriots 6-yard line before Tyrod Taylor was intercepted by Lee, who was able to come up with the ball so easily thanks to pressure from Alan Branch on Taylor. The Bills moved back over.500 with an impressive 16-10 win at Kansas City last weekend after surrendering a staggering 135 points during a ghastly three-game slide.

One positive from the first half has been the play of former Bill Eric Lee, who seems to be flourishing in his new haunts. Defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington each sacked Brady in the red zone to force field goals. Lewis has had at least 10 carries in the each of the past six games, and leads the Patriots with 498 rushing yards and a 5.1 yard per carry average _ both career highs.

The Patriots will receive the ball to begin the second half.

He had an interception and 1 1/2 sacks and batted down a pass against the Bills, the same team that couldn't find a place for him while they were giving up 35 points per game during a three-game losing streak. Frustrated by not drawing a pass interference call, Gronk took a huge swing at Bill cornerback Tre'Davious White while lying on the ground. Gronkowski snagged eight passes for 147 yards. The 2010 first-round pick earned one Pro Bowl selection during his five years in Buffalo before signing a lucrative contract to join the dark side. Buffalo threw in some Wildcat plays, and the Patriots also had problems containing Taylor on scrambles.

Lee sacked Taylor on Buffalo's next drive as well, continuing the hot start to his career with New England.



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