In what had the makings of a competitive game early, the Patriots pulled away for a convincing 23-3 win over the Bills on Sunday. Coming into the first contest of the season between these two, the Patriots have led the league in offensive yards per game and led by Tom Brady, who leads the league in passing yards per game. The 26-year-old played in nine games this season for Tampa Bay and caught two passes for 21 yards and had three carries for 17 yards before being released on Nov 17.
numberFire's models projected Lewis for 10.0 FanDuel points and he came up just shy of that with 9.2 on Sunday. His lifetime stat line against the Bills: 610-of-955 for 7,316 yards, with 66 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a passer rating of 101.5. The win that keeps the Patriots undefeated in the AFC East this season and, at 10-2, atop the AFC playoff push, awaiting Monday night's showdown between the 9-2 Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Trailing 6-0, the Bills squandered another opportunity on their fourth drive of the game. Gronkowski snagged eight passes for 147 yards.
Late in the game, Rob Gronkowksi, apparently frustrated by the absence of a pass interference call, dove on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White and elbowed him in the back of the head after the whistle. Five interceptions from rookie Nathan Peterman led to Taylor's return, and he will again take the field as they look to upset the Patriots.
The Pats settled for three field goals after struggling in the red zone in the first half. On Sunday in Buffalo, the New England defense kicked off December by giving up only 268 yards to the challenged Bills. With over 30-all goal yards on the drive to be capped off by a 14-yard rushing touchdown for Burkhead would extend the lead even further in the Patriots favor making it 23-3.