Bills vs. Patriots | Video Breakdowns


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The Buffalo Bills were outclassed by the New England Patriots last Sunday; I don’t think anyone can dispute that. The Patriots seemed to be ahead of the Bills, both on and off the field. To get a better look at how the Pats handled the Bills, I wanted to break down some plays that I thought were interesting. There were a few plays where a specific player stood out but there were also plays that were schemed really well. Enjoy!

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Mike Gillislee-12 carries, 85 yards, one TD, four missed tackles, three receptions for nine yards.

Touchdown Mike played a fantastic game against the Patriots. The problem was that we were not able to feature him enough because of how things shook up on defense. I am a huge fan of his no-nonsense style of play and his willingness to carry out his responsibilities in both the run and pass game. All in all, this a very good game for Mike.

Counter Trey-28 yard run


Power-16 yards


Tough nose runner

Pass blocking
Although this play call was perfect, wide receiver Brandon Tate was unable to bring the ball in. You’ve got to give Mike Gillislee credit for his block on blitzing linebacker Jamie Collins.


Even rookie Jonathan Williams had a touchdown and an 8 yard run on this beautifully designed play.

Kyle Williams – Highest graded Bills defender, per PFF. One sack, two QB hits, three QB hurries, one tackle, one assist, one stop.

Lorenzo Alexander-20 snaps, one QB hit and one assist. We need him back for week 9. Thurman uses him all over the field. Here he is the rush linebacker.

Marcell Dareus – 41 snaps, one sack, two QB hurries, two tackles, one assist, three stops.


The Bills aligned Marcell on the weak side of this formation. This was a good strategy because the Patriots love running the ball to the weak side.

Jerry Hughes – Quiet game, by Hughes’s standards . He finished with two QB hurries, one batted pass, and one assist. Great job of sensing the screen on this play.

Zach Brown – One sack, six tackles, one assist, four stops

The Bills do a great job of communicating and executing the coverage. The coverage forces Garoppolo to hold on to the ball and gives Zach Brown time to register the sack.

Did this play by Gilmore bother you as much as it did me?


If so, read the piece I did for The Bills Wire/USA Today.

Overall, the Bills really didn’t have a chance from the get-go. The Patriots got up early and flustered Buffalo on both sides of the ball. The loss shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Bills have been dominated by Brady’s Patriots over the years. The alarming thing that I took from the game was how many times the defense lined up late and unsure of their assignments. The defense has struggled the last couple weeks, and Dennis Thurman needs to right the ship before the Bills see themselves fall below .500. There is plenty of talent to work with, considering the recent additions of Marcell Dareus and Shaq Lawson, so there are no excuses for Thurman and his staff.

Offensively, I thought Tyrod was just average; par for the course.

He made some nice throws:

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Some bad ones:

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Displayed shaky pocket awareness:

Taylor should have stayed in the pocket, let Hightower blow by, then slid.

But was able to still make plays with his legs:

In the end, the Bills lost to the Patriots and dropped to 4-4. They now travel to Seattle to take on the sixth-ranked defense in the league, and in a notoriously hostile environment, to boot. Anthony Lynn and his staff have quite the challenge ahead.

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