Run-heavy game gives Patriots an unexpected edge for rematch

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By throwing the ball only three times and running it 46 times against the Bills on Monday night, the Patriots have acquired one very specific advantage for the December 26 rematch between the two teams.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show on WEEI, coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that the Bills will have directly witnessed far less of the team’s passing game.

“We were talking about that last night,” Belichick said with a laugh, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “We can use our whole passing game. All the pass plays we have, they haven’t seen.”

Of course, the Patriots have put plenty of passing plays on film. But when the fifth of eight quarters between the two teams commence in 19 days, the Patriots will be doing things they didn’t do against the Bills the first time around.

Unless it’s really windy at Gillette Stadium and the Patriots run it as much or more in Week 16.

22 responses to “Run-heavy game gives Patriots an unexpected edge for rematch

  1. Their running game is fierce. The rookie just plows through people, Harris is always great, and that line blocks in textbook fashion.

    They can beat anyone w/ that running game.

    The Bills – and other teams – will fare better if they can build a lead early. Force the Pats to pass more and have to come from behind.

  2. Josh Allen needed to make one play…ONE PLAY…and couldn’t get it done. Let’s not gush to much about the Pats.

  3. The game was not as close as it looked. The final score would have been 14-3 if not for N’Keal Harry touching that punt when he should have been far away from it.

  4. “The game was not as close as it looked. The final score would have been 14-3 if not for N’Keal Harry touching that punt when he should have been far away from it.”
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    Only Pats fans do this. It actually WAS as close as it looked – but the Bills also fumbled while they were driving, and then came up short on 2 red zone opportunities.

    I only ever see Pats fans do the “we would have won by more if we played perfectly” thing. There were mistakes on both sides.

  5. jjackwagon says:
    December 7, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Josh Allen needed to make one play…ONE PLAY…and couldn’t get it done. Let’s not gush to much about the Pats.
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    Exactly. Getting sacked all over the place and missing receivers just like Lamar, but with no criticism whatsoever.

  6. “Josh Allen needed to make one play…ONE PLAY…and couldn’t get it done. Let’s not gush to much about the Pats.”

    The Pats played a great game last night and had a great game plan that was well executed.

    A shame people like you can’t just once in awhile say the Pats played well and were coached well. Its always excuses, woulda shoulda coulda. Sad little broken records

    What happened last night was the Pats shoved their collective boots up the collective rear ends of the Bills. They did it in plain sight and basically walked up to the line every play and told the Bills they were going to do so before they did it again and again and again.

  7. nite2al says:
    December 7, 2021 at 11:49 am
    jjackwagon says:
    December 7, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Josh Allen needed to make one play…ONE PLAY…and couldn’t get it done. Let’s not gush to much about the Pats.
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    Exactly. Getting sacked all over the place and missing receivers just like Lamar, but with no criticism whatsoever.
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    Allen is twice the QB LaMar is. I would have loved to see LaMar play in that wind last night, would’ve been hilarious.

    Coaching was the difference last night. McDermott should’ve trusted Allen to make throws in the first half like he did more in 2nd half. He has the arm talent to do it IMO

  8. One play? Where exactly was that one play? Had it not been for the huge coaching blunder of having Nkeal Harry on the field for a punt, Buffalo would of had 3 pts, 3 pts. That TD was a GIFT, plain and simple.
    That game didn’t come down to one missed play by Allen, that’s simply ludicrous.

  9. This year’s Buffalo Bills are simply not as good as last years Buffalo Bills. They’re still one of the top tier AFC teams, but they’re just not as dominant as they were last year.

  10. The Bills look like the Packers few years ago. They had no answers to the 49ers running game. Until the Bills prove they can stop the run, the Patriots and other physical teams will dominate them.

  11. “This year’s Buffalo Bills are simply not as good as last years Buffalo Bills. They’re still one of the top tier AFC teams, but they’re just not as dominant as they were last year.”
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    I think most Bills fans would agree w/ this assessment.

    Personally, I still think they can make a run. But their flaws seem more glaring – they’ll need some breaks to get as far as they did last year, and certainly to go all the way.

    After 20 years of a QB search, I’m just glad they finally have one – and I’m also glad to have meaningful games in December. The last month should be exciting for everyone in the AFC.

  12. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 7, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    The Bills look like the Packers few years ago. They had no answers to the 49ers running game. Until the Bills prove they can stop the run, the Patriots and other physical teams will dominate them.

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    Why do you never provide commentary and assessments on your Jets? As a Jets’ fan, we are curious as to your thoughts?

  13. nite2al says:
    December 7, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Exactly. Getting sacked all over the place and missing receivers just like Lamar, but with no criticism whatsoever.

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    On the contrary, he got a ton of criticism/skepticism in his first couple season. Many commenters openly wondered if he would develop real passing skill, as opposed to just athleticism. Much like Jackson – spectacular individual plays but uncertain overall results.

    Then he led the team through the playoffs to the AFC Championship Game in his 3rd season. That goes a long way toward shaping perceptions & questions.

  14. The Chiefs did a similar thing to the Bills in the regular season last year. Chiefs went up to Buffalo and ran the ball the whole game on the Bills. This is Not New.

  15. “All the pass plays we have, they haven’t seen.”

    BB already started playing mind game with McDermott.

  16. “jjackwagon says:
    December 7, 2021 at 11:22 am
    Josh Allen needed to make one play…ONE PLAY…and couldn’t get it done. Let’s not gush to much about the Pats.”

    Dude, the Pats played with one hand tied behind their back and still beat the Bills…. in THEIR stadium…. The Pats never broke out the pass game in the 4th quarter because they did not have too…. had the Bills made that last missed field goal you would have seen the full offense. But they missed so the Pats kept to the ground game.

  17. The Bills defence couldn’t handle a one dimensional offence. Imagine if they’re expected to also cover guys…

  18. Wait, this has to be cheating somehow! Quick! Get Goodell on the phone and whip something up that the stupid public will buy!

  19. This was the equivalent of when Larry Bird played a game left-handed. Just to prove he could do it. “Try to stop me!”

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