Week 1: New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 21- Post Game Thoughts

The Bills balled up their fists and put up a fight against the visiting New England Patriots.  Three turnovers by the Pats almost did them in, but because they were able to control the ball (holding it for 37:43) they were able to do just enough to eek out a victory on the strength of a last second Stephen Gostkowski field goal.  The Patriots ran the ball well (158 yards on the ground) but the bad news for them was the injury suffered by Stevan Ridley.  Shane Vereen put up good numbers in his place, rushing for 101 yards on 14 carries.  New England also converted 11 out of their 20 third down situations.  This helped them hold the ball for as long as they did.  The other thing that is worth noting is that Tom Brady may feel comfortable with Danny Amendola, who had 10 catches for 104 yards, but he feels most comfortable with his only older toy, Julian Edelman.  Edelman hauled in both of Brady’s touchdown passes on the afternoon.  The Bills did what they could in their limited time.  Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller each split carries pretty evenly (13-67 for Jackson, 17-41 for Spiller).  Rookie E.J. Manuel completed 18 of his 27 passes for a pair of touchdowns and no picks; he was efficient.  The Bills now have something to build off of.  This game could have gone differently had the Bills had more scoring opportunities.  Bottom line: the Patriots barely escape with a narrow win.


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