Recap – Week 8

 

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Miami Dolphins v Houston Texans

23-42

Houston didn’t have much to worry about on Thursday night, extending their lead in the AFC South and their five-game winning streak with their demolition of Miami.

DeShaun Watson had a career high game, tossing 5 touchdowns and having no sacks recorded against him. His offense helped him out massively, smashing the visiting Dolphins with a 28pt second half. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller were essentially allowed to roam free against Miami’s secondary in the second half. The two combined for 206 receiving yards and three scores before Fuller had to leave the game with a knee injury.  Lamar Miller even ran through a crumbling Dolphins D-line for 133 yards, his second-consecutive 100-yard game.

The Texans defense had a worrisome night with many players leaving injured, Jonathan Joesph (ankle), Zach Cunningham (knee), Peter Kalambayi (concussion) and Jadeveon Clowney all fell victim, the first three having to leave the game and the latter being looked at by the team’s trainers late in the game.

On a brighter note for the Texans defense J.J. Watt leads the league with eight sacks and looks more dominating each and every game.

Whilst the Dolphins managed to put some points up on the board Brock Osweiler didn’t have the greatest of games, he overthrew to receivers and lead too many field goal drives. His 56.8% completion rate is his lowest as a Dolphin. The best throw of the night actually came from wide receiver Danny Amendola, who passed deep to Kenyan Drake for a 28 yard touchdown.

The visitors defense made mistake after mistake, especially in the second half. On more than one occasion both Bobby McCain and T.J. McDonald traveled with the same receiver, leaving plenty of space for Fuller and Hopkins. Miami allowed over 400 yards for the third successive game and the fifth time in six games.

Houston have won five in a row for the first time since 2012 and now lead the AFC South by two games.

 

Up Next:

Jets v Dolphins – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Texans v Broncos  – Sunday November 4th (4:05pm)

 

 

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Philadelphia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars

24-18

The game was the third and final NFL in London game of the season. It saw a record NFL Wembley crowd with 85,870 fans in attendance.

Following a rough first quarter that saw Carson Wentz fumble the ball and throw an interception, the quarterback regained his composure and focus to put in one of his best performances of the season.

Taking  advantage of a Keelan Cole fumble recovery that was picked up by Malcom Jenkins, the QB jump-started the visitor’s comeback connecting on a stunning 32 yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert in the closing seconds of the first half. Philly’s scoring outpour continued into the second half thanks to a 36 yard touchdown from Wendell Smallwood and a 5 yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz that capped off a six-play, 75 yard drive.

Wentz finished the game completing 21 of 30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. He saw a 115+ passer rating for the fourth consecutive game. His offensive line helped him reach such heights with a brilliant, strong performance even without Lane Johnson, who was carted off early in the first quarter after suffering a sprained MCL. Jason Peters also sat out most of the first half undergoing a head injury evaluation. The O-line helped Josh Adams and Smallwood establish a running game to complement the passing attack. The defending champions showed us once again why no one should underestimate them.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles performed a whole lot better following his benching against the Texans last week, but he was ineffective in the fourth quarter when his team needed him the most. It wasn’t all his fault, rookie D.J. Chark dropped a pass in the end zone with seven minutes left on the clock forcing the Jags to settle for a 24 yard field goal. Bortles just couldn’t figure out how to beat Philly’s secondary despite having plenty of time in the pocket. He completed two passes on their final possession before the drive fizzled out mid-field.

Bortles converted on some critical first downs and made some nice passes en route to completing 24 of 41 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown, but, he was inconsistent at junctures on an offense that continues to sorely miss Leonard Fournette.

Jaguar history was made Sunday afternoon however, kicker Josh Lambo became the first Jags kicker to hit 21 consecutive filed goals when he kicked a 57 yarder in the second quarter, the longest field goal in International Series history at Wembley. Lambo also hit a 50 yarder earlier in the game. He kicked four field goals on the day, but it wasn’t enough to extend Jacksonville’s Wembley winning streak to four games.

 

Up Next:

Both on bye week 

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens v Carolina Panthers

21-36

Going in to the game the Panthers faced the No.1 overall and No.2. against the pass ranked team. That didn’t stop Cam Newton from having a very impressive game, starting with an array of exemplary tight-window throws, taking advantage of a few lucky bounces and then breaking through Baltimore’s defense with a 12 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. He completed a career-high 66.4% of his passes.

D.J. Moore was thrust into a starring role with Torrey Smith nursing a knee injury. The rookie dominated a 99 yard scoring drive with chunk plays of 33 and 37 yards plus an 11 yard end-around in the red zone. The offensive team only gets more impressive when you add the healthier Greg Olsen, the ever improving dual-threat of running back Christian McCaffrey and the promise of second year Curtis Samuel. The offense still has plenty of room to grow going in to the second half of the season. Panthers fans are rightfully hopeful of making the playoffs.

At one point the Ravens were leading 7-0 from the game’s opening drive, but they soon unraveled, being hit with an wave of ill-timed penalties, mental errors, poor field position and sometimes just plain old bad luck. Kyle Love had a forced fumble on Alex Collins, setting up Newton for a quick touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. A bold fake-punt conversion from Baltimore was negated by an illegal shift penalty, Willie Snead lost a key first down due to being deemed to have committed pass interference, seeing a third-and-long that resulted in Joe Flacco throwing an interception just before the break. Their situation wasn’t helped by a ball that bounced Carolina’s way on a 99 yard scoring drive, highlighted by an errant backfield pitch that ended up in Moore‘s hands for a huge gain and which paved the way for a leaping McCaffrey touchdown off a deflection by safety Eric Weddle.

The Ravens had no chance of mounting a serious comeback bid with their defense unable to stop Newton and his offense in the second  half. The Panthers were the superior, more physical and better coached team across the board all afternoon.

 

Up Next:

Steelers v Ravens  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Buccaneers v Panthers  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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NY Jets v Chicago Bears

10-24

Khalil Mack was inactive for the first game of his career when the Bears hosted the Jets on Sunday. That was no problem for the Bears with their defense stepping up to ground the Jets.

The Bears dominated the first three quarters, holding New York to just 98 total yards and four first downs. Throughout the whole afternoon Chicago allowed them to cross midfield only twice, whilst holding them to 207 total yards, with six three-and-outs and 3 of 14 on third downs. Akiem Hicks lead the Bears defense, smothering the Jets’ ground game and blanketing their receivers.

Mitch Trubisky had a rough first half. He did however have a prefect timed screen against a Jets blitz that went for a first quarter 70 yard touchdown to Tarik Cohen (who finished with 6 touches, 110 scrimmage yards and the TD), a call so good that center Cody Whitehair released to block and had no one to hit. Other than that big play he completed just 4 of 12 passes in the first half for 46 yards.

The second year quarterback bounced back in the second half and looked much calmer in the pocket. He finished the game with 16-of-29 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The offense who had only generated 174 yards in the first half ended with 395 total yards.

The Jets receiver corps was a little banged up, missing Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa provided QB Sam Darnold little chance to make players. His receivers rarely gained separation and too often they saw offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates slam the running backs into a brick wall on first down. The rookie QB, without strong targets to throw to and a ground game for us to watch, was hard to judge and his potential couldn’t shine through.

 

Up Next:

Jets v Dolphins  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Bears v Bills  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Cincinnati Bengals

34-37

Jameis Winston‘s days in Tampa might be over soon. The quarterback threw four interceptions that put the Buccs in a deep hole. The final blow was enough for Dirk Koetter to bench Winston for Ryan Fitzpatrick who immediately sparked an 18pt fourth quarter that nearly sent the game to overtime.

Whilst the scoring plays of both QBs are similar on paper (Winston hit DeSean Jackson for a 60 yard touchdown, Fitzpatrick, Mike Evans for a 72 yarder), the pace is different and Fitzpatrick didn’t self-inflict any damage. If you look at Winston‘s career total of turnovers it’s easy to see that he takes chances and ends up turning the ball over, whilst Fitzpatrick does take chances they seem to work out for the better more often than not. It seems like Koetter and the rest of the Buccs are getting tired of Winston‘s ways.

Fans have to question whether things might have turned out different had the coach turned to Fitzpatrick earlier, if they had could they have been able to actually win the game?

The Bengals allowed 45 points to the Chiefs last week, the Steelers to go down the field for a game-winning touchdown the week before that, this time they surrendered 576 yards to a Tampa Bay team that benched it’s quarterback late in the third. Defensive concerns are more than justified for the Bengals, even with six sacks and four interceptions. It seems that there are a few pieces missing in this Bengals puzzle.

The Bengals’ Joe Mixon impressed with 24 touches, 110 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Their game-winning score came from a Randy Bullock field goal.

 

Up Next:

Buccaneers v Panthers – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Bengals – Bye week

 

 

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Seattle Seahawks v Detroit Lions

28-14

Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson started off strong, connecting on his first 10 passes, finishing the first half with 11 of 12 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t waver in the second half, keeping the pressure on and picking apart a Lions defense that entered the game ranking a respectable seventh. He ended the game by completing 14 of 17 passes, for 248 yard and three touchdowns. He set a career-high passer rating, getting a perfect 158.3, his previous best was a 151.1 set on Nov 17th 2013 against the Vikings.

In the first half Chris Carson paced the visitors with 61 rushing yards, the team totaled 95 yards on 19 carriers entering the break. Carson finished the game with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown from 25 carriers, the offensive team as a whole totaled 176 yards on the ground on 42 carries.

The Lions showed potential on their opening possession, marching down the field on a 13 play, 91 yard drive that was crowned by Matthew Stafford‘s 39 yard touchdown lob to Marvin Jones. Other than that and another touchdown, the Lions failed to gain any momentum. Despite a 310 yard passing and two touchdown game for the QB, Stafford didn’t help his team much when he threw a brutal red-zone interception when the Lions were down by 14pts.

Sunday’s loss dropped the Lions to 3-4.

 

Up Next:

Chargers v Seahawks  – Sunday November 4th (4:05pm)

Lions v Vikings  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs

23-30

Denver didn’t do too badly at keeping pace with Kansas City’s well-oiled machine, especially in the first half. Phillip Lindsay led the way on the ground, rushing 18 times for 95 yards and bringing a much needed balance to the Broncos. Devontae Booker carried the ball nine times for 78 yards and Case Keenum found eight different targets. Emmanuel Sanders found plenty of room to make catches and move the chains, whilst Demaryius Thomas did his part.

Denver’s defense deserves credit for finding ways to tire Patrick Mahomes, but the Chiefs still couldn’t be contained 100%, they did score 30pts after all. The Broncos made them work for it, forcing Mahomes to scramble like mad and intercepted him once. The play of the day came when Mahomes saw Tyreek Hill would be covered and so sent it forward to Kareem Hunt, who sliced through the defense, hurdle-jumped a defender and stumbled in to the end zone for the touchdown.

Although Denver almost caught up with them, the Chiefs proved they’re talented enough to overcome most good defensive game-plans.

The Chiefs have now won 7 straight games against the Broncos.

 

Up Next:

Texans v Broncos – Sunday November 4th (4:05pm)

Chiefs v Browns  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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Washington Redskins v NY Giants

20-13

Washington’s pass rush caused a multitude of problems for Eli Manning, limiting NY to 273 total yards. Matt IoannidisRyan Kerrigan and Da’Ron Payne were key in dominating the line of scrimmage. Ioannidis finished with 2.5 sacks as the Redskins racked up seven sacks and 10 hits on Manning.  The secondary did their part as well, when Manning actually had time to throw the ball and venture more than 10 yards they usually made him pay. D.J. Swearinger picked off Manning twice, his first interception coming in the red zone to crumble the Giants’ best chance at an early touchdown.

Manning was practically ineffective all afternoon and with the trade deadline less than 48 hours away are New York really not going to address their dismal quarterback situation?

The Quarterback was limited to mostly short yard passes, the O-line couldn’t give him consistent protection and several players dropped their passes. Manning struggled to piece together drives as the Giants went 2 for 14 on third downs and were 1 for 4 in the red zone. He finished with 30 of 47 passes for 316 yards, and a touchdown. Had it not been for their final drive of the game and some incredible catches by Odell Beckham, his numbers would have reflected what was a bland performance from New York.

The ‘Skins have Adrian Peterson to thank for their impressive win, he continues to showcase the ageless skills that made him the steal of this year’s free-agent market. His amazing 64 yard touchdown run late in the fourth put the game to bed. The 33-year-old finished on 149 yards from 26 carries and has now passed Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for ninth on the all-time rushing list. He offers Washington a one-two punch when combining with Alex Smith, especially when the QB doesn’t have his best game, Smith completed just 20 of 32 passes for 178 yards and a TD in the victory.

The Redskins’ 5-2 start is their best since 2008.

 

Up Next:

Falcons v Redskins  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Giants – Bye week 

 

 

Browns v Steelers

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

18-33

Baker Mayfield had one of his toughest games yet, the rookie quarterback was constantly on the run. He saw a deep shot picked off by former Browns corner Joe Haden which set up a long Steelers touchdown drive before the half. The young passer did manage to unfurl a nice scoring strike to Antonio Callaway and a late touchdown pass to Seth DeValve. Unfortunately for the first overall pick they were the only bright spells, especially on a day that kicker Greg Joseph missed a 41 yard field goal and an extra point. Desmond Harrison also added to the misery with a hold in the end zone for a Steelers safety.

The hosts started slow until Antonio Brown came to life during a second quarter drive that saw him accumulate three grabs capped off by a fantastic 43 yard touchdown hit from Ben Roethlisberger. Cleveland’s defense looked exhausted at the end of the first half as James Conner moved the chains and Big Ben completed nine straight throws during a 16 play, 87 yard drive finished off with their second score to build a 14-6 lead at the break. Big Ben finished the game completing 24 of 36 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Conner became the first running back in Pittsburgh history with 2+ rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games.

 

Up Next:

Chiefs v Browns  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Steelers v Ravens  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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Indianapolis Colts v Oakland Raiders

42-28

The Colts managed 200+ rushing yards in two straight games for the first time since 1985.

Andrew Luck (239 yards, 3TDS) chose to rely on more than just T.Y. Hilton, three of their tight ends Jack DoyleEric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox caught touchdown passes in Oakland, the first time such a thing has occurred in NFL history. Doyle was playing his first game after being out for five weeks with a hip injury. He seemed to be Luck‘s go to on Indy’s go-ahead fourth quarter scoring drive.

On the ground Marlon Mack  had a career day, becoming the first Colts running back since Joseph Addai in 2007 to finish for 100 yards in consecutive games. Even longtime Chargers receiver turned Indy player Dontrelle Inman (6 rec, 52 yards) got involved in the brilliance that was the Colts offense.

Oakland’s Derek Carr bounced back from a tough week for his most impressive showing of the season. This week saw his star receiver traded out of town (Amari Cooper to Dallas), his starting running back placed on injured reserve and he was unfairly judged for reportedly crying on the sideline. He answered those critics with three touchdowns against Indianapolis.

With Cooper or Marshawn Lynch, the quarterback completed 75% of his passes and threw three touchdowns, unfortunately for Carr it wasn’t enough. After the Colts tied the game at 28 in the fourth, his offense went three-and-out and on their next possession Doug Martin fumbled the game away. It was a frustrating end for both Carr and Martin, who upon replacing Lynch was having the best game of his Raiders career with 13 carries for 72 yards.

Now that the Oakland offense is looking better, their defense need to seriously improve if there’s any hope of them turning a torrid season around.

Adam Vinatieri once again made history on Sunday. With a second quarter 25 yard field goal, the Colts kicker became the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen (2,544). The 45-year-old entered the game with 2,540 points, he tied with Andersen in the first quarter with an extra point and field goal. He totaled 10pts and closed with 2,550 career points. Vinatieri is unlikely to break Andersen‘s record for most games played (382) or George Blanda‘s record for the oldest NFL player (48 years, 109 days), but there are few records remaining for him to break.

 

Up Next:

Colts – Bye week

Raiders v 49ers  – Thursday November 1st (8:20pm)

 

 

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San Fransisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals

15-18

In a battle of 1-6 teams, the Niners threw away a 15-3 lead as the Cardinals extended their winning streak over the 49ers to eight games.

Cardinal rookie QB Josh Rosen shook off a sluggish three quarters to mount the comeback, throwing two touchdowns in the final quarter. His first went to Larry Fitzgerald for 13 yards, he is now 7th on the NFL’s all-time TD receptions list. The second, a laser to the back of the end zone for Christian Kirk, a 9 yard touchdown that capped off an impressive 12 plat, 73 yard drive with 39 seconds left in the game. Fitzgerald caught the 2-point conversion to the give Arizona the 3pt lead.

Rosen finished the game completing 23 of 40 passes for a career-high 252 yards, while Fitzgerald produced eight catches for 102 yards on 12 targets, all season highs, to go along with his touchdown. Kirk contributed with three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Holding a 15-3 lead early in the final quarter, the Niners played with fire in their bellies but quarterback C.J. Beathard didn’t do enough offensively to hold off the comeback. He finished the game completing 14 of  28 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown, but completed just 5 of 10 passes in the final period of play, converting only 1 of 4 third-down attempts. San Fransisco gained just 55 total yards in the fourth, whilst the Cardinals produced 150 total yards.

The loss dropped the 49ers to 1-7 on the season.

 

Up Next:

Raiders v 49ers – Thursday November 1st (8:20pm)

Cardinals – Bye Week

 

 

Packers v Rams

Green Bay Packers v LA Rams

27-29

The LA Rams are STILL the only unbeaten team in the NFL this season.

The battle between two of the NFC’s heavyweights lived up to expectations in a back-and-forth affair at the L.A Coliseum.

Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff matched score for score in the second half. The Rams got off to a slow start, facing their largest deficit of the season, 10-0. They responded with a 23-3 scoring run to take a 23-13 lead before Rodgers led the Packers offense back on the tracks. His 40 yard touchdown throw to Marquez Valdes-Scantling gave Green Bay a 27-26 lead in the final quarter until a bad Packers punt gave the Rams great field position for the go-ahead field goal with just two minutes remaining.

Fans were waiting for Rodgers to do what he does best and burn the opponents for leaving too much time on the clock. The QB didn’t get a change to make one of his magical game winning plays, with Ty Montgomery fumbling on the kick off which gave the Rams the ball and iced the game.

Special teams played a huge role in the Rams’ victory. Punter Johnny Hekker tossed a first-down pass to Sam Shields early in the first half. Later when they were 10-0 down his perfect punt was downed by Shields on the 1 yard line leading to a safety. Greg Zuerlein returned from injury and went 2-for-2 on field goals, which included the game winner.

Green Bay’s defense did their best to slow down the Rams offense who came in averaging 33.6pts and 446.4 yards per game. Their repeated pressure forced Goff  into errant throws and five sacks. Kenny Clark recorded two of those sacks and five tackles, Blake Martinez made 12 tackles and another sack. It was painstakingly close, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Rams’ Todd Gurley scored 1+ TDs for the 11th straight game.

 

Up Next:

Packers v Patriots  – Sunday November 4th (8:20pm)

Rams v Saints  – Sunday November 4th (4:25pm)

 

 

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New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

30-20

The home crowd were hoping for a repeat of last season’s Divisional Round ‘Minneapolis Miracle’, but it wasn’t to be.

The Vikings got out to a first half lead over the Saints, but were undone by turnovers either side of the break which surrendered momentum, the lead quickly changed to the Saints favor.

Up 13-10, the sure-handed Adam Thielen fumbled in the red zone, New Orleans turned that turnover into seven points in two plays. The home team never recovered from the fumble and scored just once in the second half. On a positive note for Thielen he has managed 100 yards in each of their first opening eight games, an NFL record.

The game was over for the Vikings when Kirk Cousins tossed a pick-six in his own territory, handing the Saints a two score lead that they wouldn’t let slip away.

New Orleans took advantage of their second half opportunities, paced by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram‘s ground attack. They combined for 168 yards on 36 touches, with their punishing one-two punch proving pivotal on a 15 play, eight minute, field goal drive, in which the duo picked up three of six first downs.

The Vikings on the other hand didn’t rise to the occasion, like they had nine months ago under Case Keenum. A mixture of poor decision making, offensive-line play and balance shrunk Minnesota in prime time.

Drew Brees was forced to throw for just 120 yards, his lowest output as a Saint.

 

Up Next:

Rams v Saints  – Sunday November 4th (4:25pm)

Lions v Vikings  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills

25-6

In what many thought would be an easy win for New England Monday night, they struggled. The division-leading patriots were held without a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Both teams seemed to be trading field goals all night. Thanks to Tom Brady and a strong Patriots defense they managed to close out their AFC East rivals and keep pace with the conference-leading Chiefs.

The game-changing play was a pick-six from Devin McCourty with six minutes left on the clock, just one play after the Bills looked to have pulled within five through a beautiful touchdown pass from Derek Anderson to Jason Croom, which upon further review, was clear the rookie didn’t have full possession of it as it touched the ground. The following play Anderson, in just his second start for the Bills, looked downfield for Charles Clay but didn’t see McCourty, who reeled in the attempt and took it for six. It was New England’s first defensive touchdown since 2015, that’s 40 games, the longest drought in the league. The patriots have now recored an interception in every game this season.

The visitors were without running back Sony Michel, resulting in them rarely running the ball. To combat the lack of ground game, Brady (324yards) tossed 31 passes in the first half and 45 total, throwing mostly to Julian Edelman (9 rec, 104 yards) and James White (10 rec, 79 yards), who scored their second touchdown of the game, just over four minutes from time with a 1 yard rush.

The Patriots struggled in the red zone and on third-down conversions early on, settling for five field-goal attempts and 12 points in their first eight drives. When it came to crunch time in the fourth, Brady converted two third-and-mediums to his favorite targets, Edelman and White. The veteran quarterback also helped march the Pats 85 yards in five minutes to score their first and only offensive touchdown of the night. That march included an incredible catch from Rob Gronkowski, who managed to stay inbounds by a toe length. They went for the two point conversion after White‘s TD but couldn’t convert.

Buffalo’s defense deserve a huge pat on the back, bouncing back from a torrid showing in Indianapolis. Their linebackers, in particular, Lorenzo AlexanderMatt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds, had incredible games, each recording a tackle for loss. Alexander sacked Brady twice, whilst Edmunds was a sideline-to-sideline enforcer in the first half before missing the rest of the game with a concussion. The Bills proved on Monday night that their defense is not to be taken lightly, despite their bad record.

With Josh Allen out with an elbow injury, Anderson stepped up, but wasn’t very impressive. With him under center, the Bills offense has produced just nine points and seen him commit seven turnovers. Their dismal offensive showing isn’t all his fault, the O-line is in disarray. LeSean McCoy (13 rushing yards on 12 carries) isn’t headstrong enough on the line of scrimmage. The receiving corps are getting open but can’t make the clutch, chain-moving receptions they so desperately need. More offensive bad news came for the hosts when Anderson (290 yards) had to leave with an arm injury deep in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots defense didn’t play like they were missing the injured Dont’a Hightower. Fellow linebacker Kyle Van Noy had one of the best games of his career, sacking Anderson twice and forcing a key third-quarter fumble that helped extend New England’s fragile lead. At least ten different Patriots defensive linemen tallied 13 snaps or more on Monday night. Trey FlowersAdrian Clayborn and rookie Keionta Davis stood out.

New England will be hoping Shaq Mason‘s calf injury isn’t as serious as it seems. Given that Buffalo put the most pressure on Brady coming up the middle, Mason‘s availability for next week’s clash with the Green Bay Packers is extremely important.

Tom Brady is now 29-3 against the Bills, the most by an quarterback against one team. It wasn’t just the QB who was making history, coach Bill Belichick saw his 100th victory over a divisional opponent as head coach.

The AFC East is firmly the Patriots’ to lose, once again, as it has been for the past 97 years, and, whilst many people thought the Bills would be playing for the top pick at next year’s draft, surprise wins over the Titans and Vikings have sabotaged that.

 

Up Next:

Packers v Patriots  – Sunday November 4th (8:20pm)

Bears v Bills  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

 

 

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Bye Week for Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers
& Tennessee Titans

 

Up Next:

Falcons v Redskins  – Sunday November 4th (1pm)

Titans v Cowboys – Monday November 5th (8:15pm)

Chargers v Seahawks  – Sunday November 4th (4:05pm)

 

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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