BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tom Brady led a healthy New England Patriots team into New Era Field to take on a depleted Buffalo Bills team on a rainy Sunday in Orchard Park. A first-place juggernaut with full ammunition against Buffalo’s second-string-laden roster.
The results reflected the disparity.
Brady threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in a 41-25 rout, lifting the Patriots to 7-1 on the year and dropping the Bills to 4-4. Brady finished with 315 yards passing, using big plays to get in the end zone on multiple occasions via Rob Gronkowski and former Bills wideout Chris Hogan. Each caught a 53-yard touchdown.
Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola caught the other two touchdowns in a game the Patriots began trailing 3-0, only to finish the first half leading 24-10. Brady was pulled once New England extended its lead to 41-17 midway through the fourth quarter.
Mike Gillislee was a lone bright spot for the Bills’ offense filling in for LeSean McCoy, who did not play. He scored a touchdown and racked up 85 yards on 12 carries. Tyrod Taylor finished 19/38 for 183 yards passing and chipped in 48 rush yards along with a rushing touchdown. Robert Woods led the Bills in receiving with 50 yards on four catches, despite missing a good chunk of the game nursing his injured foot.
Once again, the Bills suffered more injuries in the loss. NFL sacks leader Lorenzo Alexander left the game with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. Wide receiver Brandon Tate left the game in the third quarter after taking a hard hit and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. He did not return either.
First round pick Shaq Lawson picked up his first career sack in the loss and Marcell Dareus notched his first of the season, rare high points for a defense that otherwise could not get off the field when it needed to stop the Patriots. New England finished 9 of 13 on third down, capitalizing on multiple long third down plays to keep drives alive. That included a 15-yard run by Brady in the second half.
Jonathan Williams scored Buffalo’s third touchdown of the game with thirty seconds to play in the third quarter, with many of the starters out of the game.
The Bills racked up 84 yards on 12 penalties, while New England picked up 87 on 9 penalties.
Buffalo now heads to Seattle to take on the Seahawks next Monday night.