Patriots roll past Bills 23-3

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The Patriots didn’t play their prettiest game of the year on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but the final score still looked pretty good.

New England got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Rex Burkhead in the second half after failing to reach the end zone in the first 30 minutes of play and their defense kept the Bills from scoring any touchdowns of their own in a 23-3 win. That pushes the Patriots to 10-2 on the season and keeps them fixed on landing the top seed in the AFC.

Burkhead ran 12 times for 78 yards and Dion Lewis added 92 yards on 15 carries as the Patriots ground the Bills down over the course of the afternoon. Tom Brady was 21-of-30 for 258 yards and threw his fourth interception of the season late in the proceedings.

That play ended with a late hit by tight end Rob Gronkowski on cornerback Tre'Davious White, who made the interception. White was down on the sideline after the play was over and left the game to be evaluated for a head injury after Gronkowski took a flying leap onto him.

It was a play that probably should have led to an ejection. It will likely lead to further discipline from the league and marred an otherwise fine day for Gronkowski, who finished with nine catches and 147 receiving yards against a Bills defense that didn’t have an answer for him.

The Bills offense didn’t have many answers either and Tyrod Taylor left on a cart with a knee injury. That could lead to rookie Nathan Peterman‘s second start of the year and, depending on the severity of the injury, could be Taylor’s final action with the Bills.

Taylor and the offense had played poorly enough that the Bills may have gone to Peterman under any circumstances. The rookie did lead one nice drive, but the memory of his previous start makes it hard to feel good about Buffalo’s chances of landing a Wild Card despite the relatively shoddy state of the race for the sixth playoff spot in the AFC.

51 responses to “Patriots roll past Bills 23-3

  1. That Gronk play was extremely disgusting. I can’t believe the refs didn’t immediately eject him and tell him he’s gone the rest of the year. Not surprised the team feared retaliation on the next possession and kept him off the field. DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY.

  2. Gronk lost his mind after White held him across the entire length of the field on that play and then pushed off to make the interception.

    I have no idea how an entire officiating crew could miss a penalty that continued on for about 15 second, but they did.

    And then Gronk made a WWE move that I would have expected from Burfict, and should have been tossed.

  3. Gronk’s cheap shot was unacceptable, but so was the halftime love fest over the Bills’ brilliant game plan of scoring 3 whole points in the first half — at home. But at least they turned it around in the second half.

  4. I admit Gronk was wrong to do it but he was understandably frustrated.

    If you’re going to Hackashaq a guy with no call then it gets frustrating.

    The officiating was absolute garbage once again making this game much closer than it should have been. As far as I’m concerned the Patriots blew the doors off the Bills today, period.

  5. I was glad the Patriots banged up D held it together. Happy to see Burk and Lewis chewing it up, but boy, what a terrible showing of sportsmanship, with Brady all bratty on his OC and Gronk with three stupid penalties and the cheapest of cheap shots. I agree that he should have been ejected, and I wouldn’t complain a bit if he was suspended for another game. I’d hate to see it, but that shot was truly awful, no excuse other than a chippy attitude and no respect for the vulnerabilites of a downed man who showed him up. I hope and pray for the victim that it’s not serious.

    As if the Patriot haters needed more fodder, and we were not going to see these guys in a few weeks again.

  6. superpatriotsfan says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Nice Gronk late hit, injure opposing team players…the Patriot way.

    “The patriot way” how original

    Can you say jealousy…

  7. negadelphianinjersey says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Frat boy should be suspended. What a tough guy frat boy is. What was frat boy even mad about? He should be suspended for two games.

    How many times can you type “frat boy” in one comment?

    #crybaby

  8. .
    The Patriots have held opponents to 17 pts or less in eight consecutive games. I miss all the Stephon Gilmore sucks posts that were so frequent in September.
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  9. The run game was great today although as I predicted Brady got knocked around quite a bit. Defense played well today and got after the Bills offense the whole time and didn’t let up. Gronk probably should be fined or suspended for the hit on White but then again White shouldn’t mug Gronkowski for 10 yards.

  10. Premeditated fore arm to the head to a player from behind who is on the ground.
    Roger goes soft to appease Bob Kraft.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    The Patriots have zero competition in the AFC. Should be a smooth path to the SB.


    #fakepatriotsfan

    How many other division leaders have “competition” within the division?

  12. Terrible officiating! The Bills got beat, but some terrible calls for NE. No9 grounding when brady was on his knees? A first down when it was obviously short by a yard, then the play run so fast everyone thought it was fourth down, the Bills were def set up to stop a fourth down play not a 1st down – and then Gronk not thrown out, no pi called against the Bills, Amendola starting a fight but the retaliator on the Bills gets the penalty.
    That was one bad crew!

  13. Good to see that Gronk is continuing the tradition of Patriots tight ends murdering people. That was one of the dirtiest plays I’ve seen in a very long time. Whether or not there was pass interference is completely irrelevant. It was a dirty, bush league, suspension worthy hit. He should be off the field as long as White is out.

  14. Cheapest play of the year with Gronkowski, don’t worry the guy is so stupid he won’t remember what he did by the post-game press conference. Typical cheatriot way, take dirty hits, take out another QB. I can’t wait for Tom Bradys Achilles to rupture. Buffalo could not execute again today, Patriots defense is highly overrated, would get torched by a halfway decent offense.

  15. The officials stunk, and Gronk should have been ejected after being mugged. Both are true. Gronk’s retaliation was unacceptable. I am surprised Belichick did not send him to the locker room.

    -Pats Fan

  16. billswillnevermove, no surprise there. He’s the typical frat boy jock, completely useless if not for his natural born abilities that allow him to succeed in the game of football. In today’s world his stupidity is celebrated and lauded. He’s rewarded for being a terrible human being.

  17. Definitely a cheap shot by Gronk. I think the player was already hurt when he did that. But Gronk gets held on every play, and gets cheap shotted all the time. Frustration. it was a one time thing while he lost his cool.
    Oh and what a game by Lee, the guy the Pats poached off the Bills practice squad. Not good enough for the Bills.

  18. fluiddarkness says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    That Gronk play was extremely disgusting. I can’t believe the refs didn’t immediately eject him and tell him he’s gone the rest of the year.
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    Yes, the on field crew should have suspended him for the year since of course that’s their job.

  19. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    I admit Gronk was wrong to do it but he was understandably frustrated.

    If you’re going to Hackashaq a guy with no call then it gets frustrating.

    The officiating was absolute garbage once again making this game much closer than it should have been. As far as I’m concerned the Patriots blew the doors off the Bills today, period.

    46 12 Rate This

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    agreed
    goodell and his cheating has gone too far

  20. weepingjebus says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Gronk’s cheap shot was unacceptable, but so was the halftime love fest over the Bills’ brilliant game plan of scoring 3 whole points in the first half — at home. But at least they turned it around in the second half.

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    why is ok for goodell and the refs to accept cheapshots and maul
    gronk every week with phantom off pi calls out of the locker room
    from halftime?

    what a joke

    enough is enough

    burfict, suh or whoever else can curb stomp people over and over
    and they never get suspended

    a hefty fine is enough but enough with goodell’s cheating!!

  21. patscheat15 says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Cheapest play of the year with Gronkowski, don’t worry the guy is so stupid he won’t remember what he did by the post-game press conference. Typical cheatriot way, take dirty hits, take out another QB. I can’t wait for Tom Bradys Achilles to rupture. Buffalo could not execute again today, Patriots defense is highly overrated, would get torched by a halfway decent offense.

    —sucks to be jealous doesn’t it?

  22. Belicheat will skate again. Brady whines to his OC like the little female dog he is and frat boy plays like a frat boy. Should be suspended but won’t be. Vikes or Eagles will destroy them in Super Bowl.

  23. Just realized the Patriots play next week at Miami on Monday night and the following Sunday at Pittsburgh.

    The teams you play and where you play is subject to an unbiased system but you can’t tell me the NFL isn’t trying to help Pittsburgh.

  24. fluiddarkness says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Terrible refs. Definitely in the pocket of Kraft.
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    Refs had a tough day in Buffalo, but to act like they were all in for the Patriots is laughable and pathetic, but I’d expect nothing less. Gronk called for a push, when the replay showed no contact, no arm extension, no nothing? The INT Gronk was held for 20 yards, and then pushed to the ground, no call. Agree the spot on that 4th down/1st down was stupid, but the next play was an 8 yard run, so who cares if its 4th and inches or 1st and 10, it was an 8 yard run… Brady wasnt touched, so he can throw from his knees, so what is the issue with him throwing at his running back from one knee as he falls? Couldnt understand what the challenge was for on that play, just stupid…

  25. nflfan4now says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Terrible officiating! The Bills got beat, but some terrible calls for NE. No9 grounding when brady was on his knees? A first down when it was obviously short by a yard, then the play run so fast everyone thought it was fourth down, the Bills were def set up to stop a fourth down play not a 1st down – and then Gronk not thrown out, no pi called against the Bills, Amendola starting a fight but the retaliator on the Bills gets the penalty.
    That was one bad crew!

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    Which Bills player touched Brady?

    And so the Bills wern’t able to process and stay aware of the game situation which got them left in the dust? Whos fault is that?

    Im with you on Gronk though. He should have been ejected and if he sits next week thats fair too. But all you homers calling for his suspension for the balance of the year have players on your own teams that have skated on dirtier plays. Shall they go too? The fact is the Patriots play about the cleanest game in the league, their coach makes sure of it, he calls it discipline snd its a constant enforcement point for him. Lets face it, the amount of hooting here is because this has been the only opportunity this year and guys are trying to get all their mileage in on this one thing because they know I speak the truth and its probably going to remain the only chance this year.

  26. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    People get ready for another Patriots championship
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    If they were to win another that would only reflect how poor the competition is in the NFL. Look at the standings. 3/4 of the league is less than .400.

  27. skawh says:
    December 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Look at the standings. 3/4 of the league is less than .400.
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    8 teams are below .400. That’s 1/4 chip. Your math is as defective as your other pronouncements.

  28. Dirty hit brought on by dirty play that doesn’t get called.

    Suck it up. Can’t have it both ways.

  29. This is really comical to read the comments from the anti Patriots folks, as if the Pats make a habit of losing their cool on the field.

    Gronks unsportsmanlike conduct was an aberration for him and for the Patriots. Ground apologized as did Belichick, and there is no doubt there will be in-house discipline of some sort in addition to what the league will do to Gronk. Hopefully Gronk will learn a lesson from this.

    Hoping White is OK.

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