Despite clearly missing Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman on offense, the New England Patriots moved to 10-0 with a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and both a touchdown and interception, but the Patriots defense held Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense to just 225 yards through the air. With the exception of 82 yards on the ground from LeSean McCoy, Buffalo couldn’t muster much on offense.
The teams traded field goals in the first half before Dan Carpenter missed with under a minute left in the second quarter off the upright. Brady and the Patriots responded with a touchdown on a 20-yard pass to James White with 19 seconds left in the half.
A LeSean McCoy 27-yard run tied the game early in the third quarter, but New England scored 10 unanswered to take a 20-10 lead heading into the 4th.
Following a field goal and a three-and-out, a potential game-tying drive stalled for the Bills when Rob Ninkovich forced Taylor into a fumble. The Bills recovered and snapped the ball with eight seconds left. Taylor found Sammy Watkins along the sideline, where Watkins rolled out of bounds with two seconds left untouched. He was incorrectly ruled down in bounds, however, and that’s how the game ended.
The loss dropped the Bills to 5-5 and on the outside looking in at a wild card spot.
The Patriots were missing two vital parts on offense. Lewis tore his ACL two weeks ago and Edelman broke his foot last week. In addition, the Patriots were without linebacker Jamie Collins.
Danny Amendola picked up the slack, hauling in nine passes for 117 yards. Rob Gronkowski was held to 37 yards on two catches. In the Patriots’ Week 2 win, Gronkowski caught seven balls for 113 yards.