The Bills fans chanted, “We want Brady,” while their team was putting the finishing touches on a dismantling of the Colts last Sunday, and yesterday they got him all 466 yards of him.
Tom Brady was as good as we have ever seen him against one of the best defenses in the NFL during the week 2 win over the Buffalo Bills. He threw for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns, proving he’s somehow still in his prime at age 38.
Brady’s 466 yard game is the most yards a Bills defense has ever allowed, and the 2nd most of his career.
Brady read the defense, made adjustments, and executed a beautiful game plan to counter Buffalo’s pass rushers. Brady regularly had the ball of out his hands in 2 seconds, already knowing where he was throwing the football before the snap. He dropped back 61 times and was only hit 5 times during the game. Credit to the OL, Brady, and the game plan.
On the Patriots second series, Brady would move up in the pocket and then extended the play by running to the right and making a throw 8 yards to Julian Edelman for the touchdown. Edelman was double covered on the play, but once he saw his QB running out to the right, Edelman put a little move on the defenders and broke away wide open for an easy score. In the 3rd, Edelman would score again on a 22 yard catch and run. It was a short pass that Edelman turned up field and made a superman dive into the corner of the endzone. Big day for Edelman, whose starting to look uncoverable.
Brady would hit Gronk for a 2 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter to put the Pats up 21-7 after Gronk broke free from a corner trying to cover him. Gronk had a great game, catching 7 passes for 113 yards and that touchdown. The RB Dion Lewis also tore up the Bills and I’m sure they won’t be forgetting his name anytime soon up there in Buffalo.
The fourth quarter was a little disappointing for the offense. They slowed down a little to allow Buffalo a chance to get back into the game. They went for it on 4th and 1, opting to throw a deep pass which was incomplete and turning the ball over on downs, which led to a touchdown for Buffalo. Right after, Brady would be sacked and fumble the ball away to Buffalo, leading to another Bills touchdown. The Bills cut into the lead, down by 5, when Brady led a nice drive that ended in a field goal.
There were some questionable play calling in the fourth and decision making, but the Pats finished the game and were impressive, but some things to work on. The offense is just fine though, and Stephen Gostkowski is still as clutch as ever.
The first drive for the defense wasn’t pretty. They allowed the Bills to run the ball down their throats for an opening touchdown, but after that they put the brakes on the running game. Dont’a Hightower had a huge game and really help shut the running game down. Malcolm Butler, for the most part, played really good against Sammy Watkins, until a 4th quarter touchdown bomb he was burnt on by Watkins. Butler made a nice interception grab earlier in the game when a pass that was heading for the ground was scooped up by Butler. I’m still not sure how he was able to pull the ball in.
Brown is a good second corner, but Fletcher is still giving reasons to worry.
The best thing was the defensive line. They really had a bounce back performance from a week ago when they didn’t get a lot of pressure on Big Ben. They racked up 6 sacks against the elusive Tyrod Taylor. Collins had 2.5 sacks, Hightower had .05 sacks, Chandler Jones had 3 sacks, DE Rob Ninkovich had 1 sack and Alan Branch had a sack. Jones really tore up the Bills line.
The defense looked great until the 4th quarter where they allowed a few too many big plays and the Bills to climb back in it. Still, the Bills had a chance to tie, but a ball that went off the fingers of Watkins, was intercepted by Logan Ryan.
The Patriots kept the Bills crowd quiet and Buffalo did not break the world record for the loudest stadium, instead the loudest thing that could be heard on a Sunday afternoon in New York was a message being sent to the NFL from Tom Brady – Game On.
QB Tom Brady: 38/59 for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns.
RB Dion Lewis: 7 rushing attempts for 40 yards and 1 touchdown. 6 receptions for 98 yards.
WR Julian Edelman: 11 receptions for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns.
WR Aaron Dobson: 7 receptions for 87 yards.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 7 receptions for 113 yards and 1 touchdown.
K Stephen Gostkowski: 4/4 field goals made. Longest field goal made 50 yards. 4/4 extra points made.
DE Chandler Jones: 6 tackles and 3 sacks.
LB Jamie Collins: 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 1 FF.
LB Dont’a Hightower: 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks.
GAME MVP: QB Tom Brady.
He was just too good in this game and the Bills never had a chance. They couldn’t have done anything differently, Brady was on a mission and Buffalo took the punishment.