The Patriots went in to Buffalo and defeated the Bills 25-6. With the win, Tom Brady is now 29-3 vs the Bills in his career. Here’s a look at what went right:
– THE WAIT IS OVER: The Patriots scored a touchdown on defense for the first time in almost two years last Monday night. Devin McCourty ended the drought with a 84 yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that made the score 25-6. The reaction of the Patriots sideline was telling as to how awesome this play was. This touchdown put the game out of reach and was great seeing as neither offense could buy a trip to the end zone. This graphic here of that play is great:
Devin McCourty reached a top speed of 22.05 MPH on his 84-yard INT return TD, the fastest speed reached by a ball carrier this season.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 30, 2018
– THE DEFENSE STEPS UP: The Patriots defense looked great on Monday night, holding Lesean McCoy to 14 rushing yards and keeping the Bills out of the end zone. The Patriots also forced two turnovers (one of which was taken in for a touchdown. You can argue that this was against a bad Bills team but this could be a great confidence booster for a defense that has been under fire for most of the season. No matter how bad an opponent is, keeping them from scoring a touchdown for an entire game is always an accomplishment to be proud of.
– GRONK CATCH: Late in the third quarter, Rob Gronkowski made a catch that might be a strong candidate for catch of the year. Gronkowski jumped over a Bills defender and juggled the ball, somehow gaining control and tapping his feet inbounds while running down the sideline before stumbling out of bounds. Every once in a while Gronk makes a play that defies common sense. This was probably the best play of his career, even better than the head first touchdown against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football in 2011.
Gronk with an UNBELIEVABLE catch to set up another field goal for the patriots.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 30, 2018
What Went Wrong: BORING (STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN VOICE): For defensive purists (or for fans that need to catch up on sleep on a Sunday afternoon) this was the perfect game, but for fans expecting to see an exciting Monday Night game this was a disappointment. Most of the Nielsen ratings probably came from viewers falling asleep with the television still on. It was great to see the Patriots win, but there were moments where it seemed like both teams were out of it. One way to prevent this from happening in the future is to add Monday night games to flex scheduling. This would provide the NFL with an opportunity to showcase an exciting game every Monday night. Buffalo, doesn’t deserve the right to be on MNF. Which is why they resort to throwing marital aids on the field.
– YOU MAKE BAD LOOK GOOD: The Patriots inability to score a touchdown until late in the game made the Bills look way better than they actually are.
None-the-less, it a W and the Patriots head home this weekend to take on Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers in what will surely be a classic duel.
Looking ahead: The Patriots are 6-2 and coming into this game off a victory in Buffalo; the Packers are 3-3-1 after a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The last time these two teams met was in 2014; the Packers won, 26-21, with Rodgers passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Brady threw for 245 yards and two TDs of his own. The last time the Packers visited Gillette Stadium was in 2010, but Rodgers was out with a concussion.
The Great Debate: Great enough to have MJ get excited about, but don’t ask Tom about it. “I think it’s actually a hypothetical question that is just truly impossible to answer. It’s great to debate it and those types of things,” he said in his weekly WEEI interview. “I don’t think about, ‘Oh, was this guy better than this guy or this guy?’ I guess that’s because maybe I’m an athlete and I realize it’s a lot of teamwork, it’s a lot of factors, that go into helping your team win.
The Patriots head into this week’s game as 6 point favorites with an overall point total of 58 points. This will be a high scoring game, the Patriots offense will return this week and the Patriots will win, final score prediction (34-31)