Thursday Night Football: Bills lead Patriots 17-7 at halftime

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The Patriots finally forced the Bills to punt, and they stayed in the game with a strip-sack of Josh Allen inside of two minutes.

But New England trails 17-7 at halftime.

The Bills had gone 23 consecutive drives without punting against the Patriots, dating to the 2020 season. Buffalo scored on its first three drives Thursday night to take a 17-7 lead.

But the Bills closed out the half with a punt, and, after having a touchdown negated by a holding penalty, lost a fumble when Josh Uche had a blindside sack of Allen, who lost the ball. Matthew Judon recovered for the Patriots.

Buffalo scored on a pair of 8-yard touchdown passes from Allen to Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis. He also had a 41-yard touchdown pass to Diggs that was called back by a holding penalty on Tommy Sweeney. Two plays later, Allen fumbled.

The Bills outgained the Patriots 195 to 133, had 41 plays to 24 for New England and leads time of possession 19:33 to 10:27.

The Patriots gained 85 yards on their only scoring drive, with 48 coming on Marcus Jones‘ catch-and-run to the end zone. Their final drive of the half went 29 yards following Allen’s fumble, but it ended with a missed field goal by Nick Folk. The 48-yarder hit the crossbar.

Allen is 12-of-21 for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while James Cook has rushed for 50 yards on eight carries and caught three passes for 30 yards.

Mac Jones has completed 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, with Marcus Jones caught two passes for 51 yards and the score.

31 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Bills lead Patriots 17-7 at halftime

  1. A team with no OL, two very overpaid TE’s and two bozos coaching offense looks just as you’d expect tonight.

  2. Lol – belichick and NE. They will stay in the basement and one day Kraft will force “mutual parting” from belichick.

  3. Bad officiating. But I’m not upset about that because the Patriots offense is worse. Without the bad or missed calls, it’s probably a much closer game right now which would be pretty good all things considered, since they are blunting the Bills offense to a small degree, making them work for it. However this offense cannot overcome negative plays or penalties/non calls that put them in a hole. If the negative play issue isn’t fixed it’s over. WTF on that last drive. They should have had a second play called if they knew they had 1 TO and were going to sneak it for a first down. WTH was Patricia doing? That was truly offensive.

  4. Goodell out again in rare form.

    The best was the “holding” on Jack Jones when he was nowhere near the side judge on the opposite side of the field. The best is it always occurs on 3rd down. It’s like insurance.

    How many more holds can the Buffalo OL can get away with here?

    This doesn’t even count Diggs pushing off on almost every route.

  5. So glad the Pats decided to wear their old school uniforms tonight. It’s most appropriate — since they’re playing just as pathetically bad tonight as they did back in the day!

  6. Almost nothing makes me happier than watching the Pats revert to their natural form of the pre-Brady era. Bottom-dwelling franchise returning to it’s normal state. Don’t worry, it only took 40 years for that pathetic franchise to become respectable—see ya in 2060.

  7. NFL needs to reign these refs in with this “surviving the ground” nonsense. The Hunter Henry catch was a catch, and that Jordan Poyer interception was a catch.

  8. First time I have watched Prime TNF. The audio production of the broadcast is HORRIBLE. The crowd noise is so low it sounds like the fans are still in the parking lots! Michaels and Herbstreit don’t have to raise their voices at all…it sounds like they are breaking down game film. Pitiful production values!

  9. Wondering why we’re still getting Patriot prime time games? Their offense isn’t too far behind Denver’s.

  10. Patriots had several good teams “pre-Brady.” No they didn’t win the Super Bowls they competed in with Eason and Bledsoe. But neither did Denver for a while, and they had Elway. You make yourself look young and ignorant if you think Conference Champions are “pathetic.”

  11. Bills are rolling 24-7 in the 4th – New England is done & Mac Jones is not a franchise QB.

  12. wickedawesome says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:12 pm
    NFL needs to reign these refs in with this “surviving the ground” nonsense. The Hunter Henry catch was a catch, and that Jordan Poyer interception was a catch.

    98Rate This

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    Goodell will do whatever it takes.

  13. rahjagotstago says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:16 pm
    First time I have watched Prime TNF. The audio production of the broadcast is HORRIBLE. The crowd noise is so low it sounds like the fans are still in the parking lots! Michaels and Herbstreit don’t have to raise their voices at all…it sounds like they are breaking down game film. Pitiful production values

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    Bro, that’s not production values, that’s a demoralized crowd that knows they’ll be watching this trash for the foreseeable future

  14. Bro…having worked in television for 40 years, I know a little about the audio. The levels were the same in the beginning of the game, when it appeared to be competitive and the crowd was into it. Nice try with the cheap shot, though.

  15. touchback6 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:41 pm
    wickedawesome says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:12 pm
    NFL needs to reign these refs in with this “surviving the ground” nonsense. The Hunter Henry catch was a catch, and that Jordan Poyer interception was a catch.

    98Rate This

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    Goodell will do whatever it takes

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    Yeah if not for him the Pats would have this game well in Hand…. Please child. Bob Kraft is watching….and he’s not impressed

  16. Not even competitive. But yup Goodell. It’s not even funny anymore and worst part is my boy believes his own reality. Sad actually

  17. touchback6 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:01 pm
    Goodell out again in rare form.
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    Every time the the Pats lose it’s Goodell.
    Come on man – you had your run. Pats are the bottom feeders of the AFC East – get used to it.

  18. catquick says:
    December 1, 2022 at 9:47 pm
    Zappe in the 3rd

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    For once Ill agree, but he needed to go in to replace Patricia, not Jones.

    And their OL coach needs to go. Those guys are disconnected and losing badly in the trenches. Its getting old with that being the primary core problem every week.

  19. touchback6 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:41 pm
    wickedawesome says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:12 pm
    NFL needs to reign these refs in with this “surviving the ground” nonsense. The Hunter Henry catch was a catch, and that Jordan Poyer interception was a catch.

    98Rate This

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    Goodell will do whatever it takes.

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    But he wont do that.

  20. pumpfake says:
    December 1, 2022 at 11:05 pm
    touchback6 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 10:01 pm
    Goodell out again in rare form.
    ——————————————————-
    Every time the the Pats lose it’s Goodell.
    Come on man – you had your run. Pats are the bottom feeders of the AFC East – get used to it.

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    Bottom feeders still in playoff contention. Thats the part that’s wacky here.

  21. Who’s this Jones guy in the secondary? He’s the best nickel corner? Lol. Of course he’ll make a play once in a while. The ball is thrown his way 30 times.

  22. Isn’t it ironic reading comments from Pats fans complaining about the refs, for all the years that TB was QB the Pats got so many DPI calls and roughing the passer calls and NEVER holding by the OL was called when TB was QB.
    This is just payback time for all the calls the Patriots were the beneficiary. Get used to the basement until you get a QB and Offensive coordinator.
    Oh and one more thing. Tua>Jones

  23. Arrogant Belichick decided they didn’t need an OC because he was so special it would magically work.

    LOL

    How rich.

    Now all the whiny Pats’ fans say “it must be rigged. Whahahaha”.

    When Brady left Belichick, Brady thrived and Belichick dived.

    When Wilson left Carroll, Wilson dived and Carroll thrived.

    What’s that tell you?

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