The Patriots improved to 6-2 on the season thanks to their fifth straight win, Monday night’s 25-6 dismissal of the Bills in Buffalo.
The Boston Globe declares that New England struggled in Buffalo, until pulling away in the fourth quarter. Globe columnist Chris Gasper writes that though the offense was a bit lacking, the end result was the same. The Globe observes that the Patriots can “get away” with the way they played in Buffalo and still win. The Globe writes that Devin McCourty knew exactly what was coming from the Bills before the safety notched his first career interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Globe breaks down the best, worst and everything in between from the win in Buffalo. The Globe describes the win as a “weird game overall” for the Patriots. The Globe notes Trey Flowers' impressive performance for the New England defense.
The Boston Herald says the Patriots did just enough in the ugly win over the Bills. Without rookie Sony Michel, the Herald observes that the New England running game scuffled in the victory. The Herald says that trade winds could blow through Foxborough as the NFL trade deadline arrives on Tuesday afternoon. Despite reports of possible discipline, Josh Gordon started in Buffalo while Dont’a Hightower was a surprise inactive against the Bills, notes the Herald.
The Providence Journal writes about McCourty’s game-clinching interception return, on which he recorded the fastest running speed of any player in the NFL this season. The ProJo notes that wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson got the start at running back for the banged up Patriots ground game. The ProJo has its game story about Tom Brady’s 29th career win over the Bills. The ProJo also notes Gordon’s starting role despite the apparently erroneous pregame report from NFL Network regarding discipline.
ESPNBoston.com writes that the New England defense flexed against the Bills inept offense on Monday night. ESPNBoston.com also writes of Gordon’s start in the midst of the pregame discipline reports.
WEEI.com declares that New England’s trade deadline roster needs were highlight in the win in Buffalo. WEEI.com notes that both Brady and Bill Belichick gave shoutouts to the Red Sox World Series win after the Patriots Monday night victory. WEEI.com has Belichick and Gordon commenting (sort of) on the NFL Network report regarding the receiver’s possible discipline issue. WEEI.com passes on word that the Patriots are “particularly interested” in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate at the trade deadline. WEEI.com offers up some quick thoughts on the Monday night win.
NBC Sports Boston writes that the Patriots offense was grounded with Michel out of action due to a knee injury. NBC Sports Boston says that it sounds like the Patriots are busy seeking a trade prior to the deadline. NBC Sports Boston notes that the “feeble Bills” were just what the New England defense needed.
NFL.com explains what we learned from the Patriots win over the Bills.
Looking ahead to next Sunday night, CBSSports.com predicts the Packers to upset the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
NESN.com has its takeaways from the Patriots vs. Bills battle.
Boston.com offers its own five takeaways from New England’s latest win.
USA Today writes that it was just another night of offensive misery for the Bills in the loss to the Patriots.