New England Patriots Links 10/01/12 - What A Rush!

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 10/01/12

Christopher Price tells us ten things we learned Sunday. There were several offensive stars on the afternoon, but in the end the defense made the difference.

In the 52-28 thrashing of the Bills, there were several offensive stars on the afternoon. Brady was on the mark for most of the day, going 22-for-36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Bolden (137 rushing yards) and Stevan Ridley (106 rushing yards) kept the chains moving and ground out the tough yards. And Wes Welker (nine catches, 129 yards) and Rob Gronkowski (five catches, 104 yards, one touchdown) shook off early fumbles and went over the century mark themselves.

In all, it marked only the second time in NFL history a team had two rushers top 100 yards and two pass-catchers top 100 yards in a single game.

But in the end, it was the defense that rose to the occasion with a series of tone-setting hits that proved to be the difference. Wilfork was immense in the trenches, coming up with the fumble recovery and delivering the hit of the year on Donald Jones, knocking the Buffalo wide receiver literally sideways. Brandon Spikes forced a pair of fumbles, and while he missed a few assignments on the day, he rivaled Wilfork when it came to landing crushing blows, particularly when he knocked Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler loopy on an interception return. Devin McCourty redeemed himself after stumbling late in the loss to the Ravens with a pair of picks.

And the Pats held the vaunted Buffalo running game in check -- C.J. Spiller had just 33 yards on eight carries, while Fred Jackson had 13 carries for 29 yards.

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