Bills Break Streak, Drop Patriots 34-31

UPDATE: The Buffalo Bills overcame a 21-0 deficit to defeat the New England Patriots 34-31 in the Bills’ second come-from-behind thriller in the last two weeks.  The victory snaps a 15-game losing streak to the Patriots, that was the longest active streak between two NFL teams.  The Bills took advantage of four Tom Brady interceptions, which set up 24 of the Bills points, including one INT which was returned 27 yards by Drayton Florence for a TD.  Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards and 2 TDs, and the Bills had four receivers with over 80 yards including Fred Jackson who had 74 yards rushing and 87 yards receiving.

Brady finished the day with 386 yards passing and 4 TDs to go with his 4 INTs.  Wes Welker caught 16 balls for 217 yards and 2 TDs and Rob Gronkowski had 7 receptions for 109 yards.

PREVIEW:

The New England Patriots travel to Buffalo to face the Bills in an early division matchup of two undefeated teams, 1:00pm ET Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

The Patriots have dominated the Bills in recent years, winning 15 games in a row in this series dating back to 2003, the NFL’s longest active winning streak in any series between two teams.  But this is a very different Bills team, and it looks to be a hard fought game and a potential high scoring shootout.

The game features two quarterbacks currently tied for the NFL lead with 7 touchdown passes each over two games, and the two of the three top scoring teams in the league.  The Bills lead the league with 79 points in two games, and the Patriots aren’t far behind with 73.

Everyone knows that the Patriots can score points, and quarterback Tom Brady has been playing on another level this year, throwing for 940 yards in two games.  He has a chance to do something this week that no one in the history of the league has ever done, throw for 400 yards in three consecutive games.

But the Patriots have also given up 794 passing yards in two games, and Buffalo leads the league in red zone touchdown percentage.

Bills running back Fred Jackson looks forward to the challenge, “They’re a great team and have established themselves as a great team. But we feel like we’re a good team too. It’ll definitely be a good way for us to go out and establish ourselves as one of the best teams in the league.”

Fred Jackson has 229 yards rushing and 2 TDs so far this season, and with Buffalo at 2-0, he’s getting more attention around the league.  Patriots head coach Bill Belichick referred to Jackson this week as “one of the best backs in the league.”

Talking about the Patriots winning streak over the Bills, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said, “It’s significant in that we haven’t beat them in a long time.  I’ve been here going on my third year and we haven’t beat them yet.”

“For us, it’s going into this game with confidence.  Carrying the momentum we have from the first few games, and going out there and executing.”

Looking at how to attack the Patriots defense, Fitzpatrick said, “They’re good.  One of the hardest things is taking advantage of the opportunities you get when you are out there because on the other hand, their offense is good as well… We can’t have three-and-outs.”

Bill Belichick appreciates the different team he’ll be facing on this trip to Buffalo, saying, “They’ve been very impressive here their first couple games, and really the second half of the season last year.”

“It’s always tough with Buffalo.”

While it is hard to bet against the Patriots and their winning streak in this matchup, we expect this to be a close game and a pretty high scoring game as well.  It could very well come down to the last team to touch the ball, not unlike the game Buffalo played last week against the Raiders, which the Bills won 38-35 after five fourth quarter lead changes.  Buckle up, this could be the game of the week.

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