For the second straight week, the New England Patriots are off to a slow start.
Last week the Patriots fell behind 17-0 to the Dolphins before turning it on in the second half and coming from behind to win, and this week they’ve fallen behind 14-0 to the Bills. For a team that headed into today’s game knowing a win would secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, the Patriots sure don’t look like they’re very motivated right now.
Buffalo’s first offensive drive covered 80 yards in eight plays, including a fake punt that kept the drive alive, and ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Tashard Choice. Buffalo’s second offensive drive covered 70 yards in 10 plays, and ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson.
Some things never change: Johnson picked up a 15-yard celebration penalty after his touchdown, despite vowing after his last celebration penalty to knock off the shenanigans.
The Patriots have plenty of time to come back and beat the Bills, but they’d be wise to stop starting slowly when the playoffs start.
UPDATE: The Bills made it 21-0 just before the end of the first quarter. Football Night in America producer Joe Gesue points out that the Bills outscored the Patriots 55-10 over two games after the Patriots jumped out to a 21-0 lead in their first meeting.