Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead combined for 170 of New England's 191 rushing yards in a 23-3 demolition of the Bills. If Sunday was supposed to be a measuring stick game for McDermott's Bills, they fell well short of where they needed to be.
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The Pats settled for three field goals after struggling in the red zone in the first half. A 50-yard Stephen Gostkowski would make it 3-0 New England going into the second quarter.
- 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. The Bills defense, with three sacks in the half, had all the answers early on and was able to hold the top-ranked defense in place. The defense would feed off the momentum of their offense as the quickly forced a Bills punt following a big David Harris sack on third down on the very next possession. Taylor completed 9-of-18 passes for 65 yards and an interception. In a 12-9 overtime victory on December 16 of that season, wide receiver David Patten had fumbled along the sideline and was knocked out briefly on the play, but because his head was out of bounds and the ball was still touching him, the Bills couldn't recover it legally. Rookie Nathan Peterman would replace Taylor at quarterback following his knee injury. 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. Burkhead finished a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown and found the end zone on a 14-yard run up the middle to cap a 78-yard march. The Bills fall to (6-6) and will play the Colts in Buffalo next week.