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.
- Post Game Notes: Patriots vs. Bills. Records set, milestones reached & trends continued.
- Erik Scalavino believes the Patriots balanced attack - on both sides of the ball - helped New England throttle Buffalo.
- Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (8.47 min. video), Wes Welker (6.15 min. video), Rob Gronkowski (4.12 min. video) and Tom Brady (4.16 min. video)
- Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Bills.
- Postgame Show - Adam Jones recaps the Patriots 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills. (2 hour program)
- Jeff Howe recaps Sunday's win and the Patriots second-half rally that made up for a bungling, ugly start.
- Mike Reiss gives us his initial reaction to Patriots 52, Bills 28. Patriots ripped control away from the Bills.
- Art Martone recaps how the Patriots roared back from a 14-point deficit to stun the Bills.
- Shalise Manza Young focuses on a monster effort in the middle from Brandon Spikes. He forced two fumbles and made crushing hits.
- Karen Guregian reports Brandon Spikes and the Patriots defense left a crushing imprint on the Bills ball carriers that will be felt for weeks.
- Amalie Benjamin points to the ground forces that made the difference for the Patriots yesterday.
- Field Yates details how Bolden and Ridley ran wild over the Bills.
- Mary Paoletti tells us the last time the Pats have had two 100-plus yard rushers - back in 1980 against the Baltimore Colts.
- Field Yates passes along some picked-up pieces from the Patriots win.
- Tom E. Curran reports Donald Thomas did a solid fill-in job for Logan Mankins at left guard.
- Mike Farrell focuses on Devin McCourty answering his critics with two interceptions.
- Dan Hickling says C.J. Spiller believes his goal-line fumble was the turning point in the game.
- Greg A. Bedard sees the Patriots offense clicking after getting back to basics.
- Kirk Minihane calls Sunday's comeback-blowout "The Redemption of Josh McDaniels".
- Mike Petraglia notes Vince Wilfork feels the most important take-away from Buffalo was that his defense didn't panic in a tough position.
- Tom E. Curran says this current team shows it has the resiliency that is the hallmark of the Patriot Way.
- Jim Donaldson feels this is a game the Patriots might look back on as a turning point.
- Mike Petraglia notes Brandon Bolden said the second half was all about 'composure'.
- Jeff Howe notes the lack of overall panic kept the team able to focus on their comeback, and Tom Brady's calm demeanor makes it all work.
- Mike Rodak highlights Tom Brady's Monday morning conversation with the Dennis & Callahan Show.
- Karen Guregian reports Bill Belichick invited NY Giants legend Carl Banks to Foxborough to tutor his young linebackers. Cool story.
- Jen Slothower notes Tom Brady gets flak from Buffalo fans with a Billboard that says not to give him a hotel room.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the snaps played by the Patriots running backs.
- Christopher Price tells us what went right and what went wrong for the Patriots Sunday. Mental toughness, baby.
- Mike Reiss gives us his 3+ up and 3 down for the Patriots.
- Steve Buckley picks his Best & Worst from Pats-Bills. Best unlikely move: Brady's "Why not?" 4-yard TD run.
- Mark Farinella prints his Hots & Nots (and a couple of 'Lukewarm's) from the Patriots Sunday.
- Mike Rodak grades the Patriots in his Week 4 Report Card.
- NFL Game Center - New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills. Recap, stats, analysis and plenty of highlights.
- James Walker (ESPN) Rapid reaction: Patriots 52, Bills 28.
- Staff Report (ESPN Stats & Information) Putting onslaught in perspective.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) NFL Week 4 Sunday notes.
- Don Banks (SI) Snap Judgments Week 4. Patriots could win this division by default.
- Kevin Fishbain (ProFootballWeekly) Decade of intradivision domination on display.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Taking stock of the top stories in the season's first four games.
- Will Brinson (CBS Sports) NFL Grades Week 4. Patriots get a B+.
VIEW FROM BUFFALO
- Jerry Sullivan (Buffalo News) Facing its first big test, the defense got destroyed.
- Mark Gaughan (Buffalo News) Bills are defenseless against Pats' running game.
- Leo Roth (Democrat & Chronicle) Patriots still light years ahead of Bills.
- Kefin Oklobzija (Democrat & Chronicle) Buffalo Bills routed by New England Patriots.
- Bucky Gleason (Buffalo News) Bullies from Foxborough kick sand in foes' faces.
- Jay Skurski (Buffalo News) Jackson, Spiller stall in return to action. Fumbles by each set negative tone.
- Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Musings on the Bills' 52-28 loss to New England.