Could this go down as being one of the most overhyped games in recent memory?
All week, Patriots Nation heard about how the Buffalo Bills had turn a corner with new head coach, Rex Ryan. ESPN (Gag me) and most mainstream media thought that the Bills would give Patriots one of their toughest tests of the season.
That was not the case.
Towards the end of their Week 1 victory over the Colts, Bills Mafia chanted "We Want Brady." Well, they sure as hell got him on Sunday.
In his 16th NFL season, Brady put together one of his best games as a pro. In the Patriots 40-32 victory, Brady went 38-59, throwing for 466 yards and 3 TDs, while having a passer rating of 105.6. It is the second most passing yards in Brady's phenomenal career. While many Patriots fans had an eye on if Brady would reach 400 passing touchdowns (Now at 399), he quietly broke a record that has stood since 1960. Since their inception, the Bills have never allowed as many passing yards as Brady had on Sunday.
But, there were other people on the field as well. Julian Edelman had another gritty performance, catching 11 balls for 97 yards, with 2 TDs. Rob Gronkowski was his usual dominant self, hauling in 7 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. To this point, the offense looks nearly unstoppable. Brady is laser sharp and has too many weapons at his disposal. I would try to name all the offensive players that had a great game, but no one would want to read about half of the roster.
On the defensive side of the football, we saw very good moments and some bad moments. LeSean McCoy was able to run all over the Patriots, which has to be an area of concern moving forward. While I don't personally think that a running back can win you a football game, it definitely does not look good that a hurt running back almost scorched you for 100 yards on less than 20 carries. Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins were all fantastic, as Tyrod Taylor was sacked 8 times as well.
The secondary remains iffy, but we saw Malcolm Butler assert himself as the team's top cornerback. While he did give up a 32 yard touchdown, that was his only reception given up all game, and he did have a great diving interception. Similar to Revis, Taylor did not even looks Butler's way, as he shadowed Harvin for much of the game.
As is the case with most Rex Ryan coached teams, the Bills were way to gassed up to play the Patriots. They came out of the gate committing stupid penalties and trying to beat the Patriots straight up. Bill Belichik out-coached Rex Ryan so badly that it was embarrassing.
The final score does not indicate just how lopsided this game was for 3 and a half quarters. The Patriots, in the future, have to do a better job at closing out games and not letting their opponent back into it, but that should not be a probably in the next couple of weeks
Run your mouth all you want, Rex. We got the last laugh.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS