Pathetic ending against the Pats
Heading into Sunday's game, it was clear that the Bills hopes rested on the ability of their pass rush to put pressure on Tom Brady. Instead, the pass rush simply rested. The Bills sacked Brady only once. By my count, the Patriots quarterback only encountered real pressure on four of his 36 pass attempts. When that happens, we see Brady with numbers like this: 340 yards passing, three passing touchdowns, and an additional rushing touchdown.
"If we don’t stop the run, there’s no putting anybody on their back," Mario Williams said, reminding the media that two Patriots running backs went over 100 yards rushing. "It was pick your poison at that point. If we don’t stop the run, it’s hard to win."
The Bills fell victim to missed opportunity. They dodged a bullet when the Patriots failed to capitalize on two Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions in the first half. That allowed the Bills to take a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick rebounded with three TD passes, two of them to tight end Scott Chandler. But the Bills simply couldn't keep pace, as the Patriots went on to score touchdowns on six consecutive second half drives.
"Obviously it showed us that we are not there yet," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "(Our defense) kept us in it in the first half. For us to come out and have that type of lead, we have to be able to just continue to put the pressure on them."
"They just came out and played harder than us in the second half. It was just they made the plays and we didn’t," said receiver Stevie Johnson, who had only two catches. "We could’ve connected more just playing within the offense, but their defense made the plays and we didn’t."
"You cannot sugar coat it anyway, but we are 2-2," said head coach Chan Gailey. "That is who we are today. We are 2-2."