Running game, stingy defense support fiery Tom Brady in win over Bills

Kristopher Nichols
December 4, 2017

Lewis had a 44-yard gain early on in the half and Burkhead busted out for a career-long 31-yard gain on New England's final drive of the half. - Tom Brady went 21-of-30 passing for 258 yards en route to his 27th career victory over the Buffalo Bills as the New England Patriots won 23-3 on Sunday for their eighth straight victory.

Here are five things we learned from the Patriots' convincing win over the Bills.

That's easier said than done as New England is rolling right now. The Bills moved back over.500 with an impressive 16-10 win at Kansas City last weekend after surrendering a staggering 135 points during a ghastly three-game slide. Buffalo had run 13 plays for 66 yards and chewed up 7:09 of clock to get all the way down to the Patriots 6-yard line before Tyrod Taylor was intercepted by Lee, who was able to come up with the ball so easily thanks to pressure from Alan Branch on Taylor.

After a frustrating end to the first possession of the game, tensions flared on the sideline after the Patriots were forced to settle for a field goal. Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead led the way on the ground, picking up 92 and 78 yards, respectively.

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The massive target was thrown at 11 times and caught nine passes for 147 yards in the team's 20-point win.

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. The NFL's top tight end was mostly held in check in the first half, but he later reminded everyone why he is the most hard matchup in football.

The Bills (6-6) lost for the fourth time in five weeks and now trail the Patriots by four games in the AFC East standings. No need to answer as Lee finished the afternoon with four tackles, 1.5 sacks. He was signed off the Buffalo practice squad on November 22. Taylor completed 9-of-18 passes for 65 yards and an interception.

Patriots are a rare 5-0 in road games this season. Give him credit on the play, but man, what a awful throw by Taylor. New England's defense has not allowed more than 17 points during the winning streak.

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