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the Buffalo Bills and won 25-6. It wasn’t the most exciting game [url=http://www.officialpatriotslockerroom.com/elite-jeremy-hill-jersey]Limited Jeremy Hill Jersey[/url] , but it counts as a win and the Patriots are creating some distance within the AFC East and in the AFC.Here’s what we learned.The Patriots didn’t have a running gameRunning backs James White and Kenjon Barner combined for 19 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries (1.9 yards per carry). Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson led the Patriots with 38 rushing yards on 10 carries, while Julian Edelman added 13 yards on 2 carries. Tom Brady added 8 yards on an early scamper.In total, the Patriots had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. They really missed having Sony Michel on the field and the lack of a running game had a major impact on the viability of the play-action game and the efficiency of the offense in the red zone.New England was able to get away with it this week because the Bills are terrible. They’ll need a rushing attack next week against the Green Bay Packers.Tom Brady had a very low-impact gameBrady had an effective day in the office, completing 29 of 45 passes (64.4%) for 324 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. He had...four, maybe five passes that anyone would consider “difficult” but it was entirely unnecessary because the Patriots didn’t have to do anything difficult to win.Brady spent much of his day dumping the ball off to James White (10 catches for 79 yards) or throwing it to Julian Edelman in the middle of the field (9 catches for 104 yards). It would have been nice if Brady were able to make any magic in the red zone (1 for 4, a fumble, for a net of +1 yards), but the Bills defense did a great job against the Patriots skill players.It honestly just felt like the Patriots were trying to “get through” this game as healthy as possible, with the hopes that Rob Gronkowski will be healthier next week and Sony Michel will be able to return to the lineup.The Patriots defense showed up against a weak opponentFootball Outsiders always preaches that the best teams show up against the weakest teams and don’t play to the level of the competition- and the Patriots defense rose to the occasion and crushed the terrible Bills offense. The defensive stars played as they should.Trey Flowers was the best player on the field and racked up two tackles for loss and a third for no gain, two quarterback hits, a pass defended. Kyle Van Noy was also excellent in the place of the inactive Dont’a Hightower, leading the Patriots with 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble [url=http://www.officialpatriotslockerroom.com/elite-jordan-matthews-jersey]Jordan Matthews Jersey[/url] , and a tackle for loss.Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton, and Malcom Brown combined for 2 tackles on the day, but the Bills running backs gained a mere 47 yards on 18 carries, with LeSean McCoy getting a laughable 13 yards on 12 carries.Credit also to the Patriots secondary, with Stephon Gilmore having another great game, holding Kelvin Benjamin to 2 catches for 45 yards on 7 targets, with 40 of those yards coming on a jump ball that he defended as well as he could. Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty did a good job against Charles Clay, holding the tight end to 3 catches for 36 yards on 6 targets. McCourty also returned an interception for a touchdown.Hopefully the Patriots defense can build off this and play better over the second half of the season.Special teams had an up-and-down dayThe Patriots didn’t have the best day on special teams, with Ryan Allen averaging an “as-unimpressive-as-it-sounds” 37.0 yards per punt average; the Bills four drives off of Allen punts started at an average of the 37-yard line. On the flip side, Julian Edelman was penalized for an unsportsmanlike penalty that pinned the Patriots on their own 5-yard line.Stephen Gostkowski had a strong day, hitting field goals from 25-, 40-, 38-, and 25-yards and missing one from 50-yards. He also connected on his extra point and did well on his kickoffs with four touchbacks and the Bills starting on an average of the 22-yard line on kicks they returned.The first half of the 2018 NFL Season is in the books.The (6-2) Patriots now have a 2.5-game lead in the AFC East [url=http://www.officialpatriotslockerroom.com/elite-jonathan-jones-jersey]Jonathan Jones Jersey Salute to Service[/url] , with the head-to-head tiebreaker over the (4-4) Miami Dolphins. The (3-5) New York Jets and (2-6) Buffalo Bills are pretty far in the rearview mirror as the Patriots are on pace to win their 15th division title in the past 16 years.Within the AFC, the Patriots trail the (7-1) Kansas City Chiefs, but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker if they wind up with matching records at the end of the year. The (5-2) Los Angeles Chargers have the third-best record in the AFC and are second in the AFC West.The (4-2-1) Pittsburgh Steelers somehow lead the AFC North ahead of the (5-3) Cincinnati Bengals and (4-4) Baltimore Ravens, which adds import to the Patriots-Steelers showdown in week 15; the winner has a strong chance of getting a first round bye.Meanwhile, the (5-3) Houston Texans have a strong lead in the AFC South ahead of the (3-4) Tennessee Titans and (3-5) Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans, again cementing New England in strong position in the conference.The Patriots are 6-2, which is par for the course under head coach Bill Belichick. Only four Patriots teams have started better (8-0 in 2007 and 2015; 7-1 in 2004 and 2016), with the 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2017 Patriots also all starting 6-2.The Belichick teams that didn’t were the 2000-02, 2005 [url=http://www.officialpatriotslockerroom.com/elite-ja_whaun-bentley-jersey]Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey[/url] , 2008, and 2011-12 Patriots. It’s good to note that the Patriots have made every single AFC Championship Game since that 2011 season and that means they’re right on track for the second half of the year.Patriots fans know they shouldn’t overreact to the 31-20 loss to the Jaguars It was 97 degrees outside. Stephen Gostkowski shanked a 54-yard field goal attempt into the upper deck. On the Jaguars opening drive, Trey Flowers forced an incredible fumble that bounced right into the hands of a Jaguars player who picked it up for a first down. On that same drive, Flowers was knocked out of the game with a concussion after he took a hit from teammate Keionta Davis.On the next play, Kyle Van Noy made a tackle and his helmet did this:What did you think was going to happen in this game? The Jacksonville Jaguars outplayed, outcoached, and outmanned the New England Patriots on Sunday. They deserved to win because they won in every facet of the game. But this game was like watching a series of unfortunate events for New England with worst-case scenarios at every turn, including a different concussion suffered by Patrick Chung.CBS BroadcastAnd we all know not to overreact, right? This type of game won’t happen again with all of the injuries and bad bounces. And if and when the Patriots and Jaguars meet again in the postseason, it won’t be 97 degrees outside. A terrible, no good, very bad, lousy Patriots performance in the first four games of the season has been like clockwork since 2014. There was the blowout in Miami (the 89 degree game mentioned in the above graphic) in 2014 and there was the Kansas City Chiefs “they’re just not good anymore” game. They were shutout by the Buffalo Bills in 2016. They were crushed by the Chiefs (again) in 2017.Super Bowl. Super Bowl. Super Bowl appearance.There’s a lot that the Patriots need to work on in order to make it back to the championship and we shouldn’t take the team’s success for granted. Someone on the offense needs to step up while Julian Edelman is suspended. The defense really needs to figure itself out because they’ve played six quarters of sub-par and terrible football.But I also trust that the Patriots coaching staff will figure this out and that someone will step up on offense and the defensive scheme will settle down in week 6 or so and start playing at a high level. Bill Belichick is still the head coach. Tom Brady is still the quarterback.There wasn’t much to like about this Jaguars game and the severity of the concussions suffered by Flowers and Chung could have a major impact on next week’s game against the Detroit Lions. And yet these circumstances are familiar. We’ve been here before and we’ve already heard this story. The Jaguars have the driver’s seat. The Patriots will be ready for the January rematch.
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