Patriots vs. Bills: What We Learned from New England's 52-28 Win in Buffalo

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

What can we take away from New England's 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills? The score might not have been close, but there certainly are plenty of things the Patriots need to work on.

There's no better way to snap a two-game losing streak than by doing it against a divisional rival and scoring a whopping 52 points on them.

Granted, the New England Patriots 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills wasn't all that pretty, but the Pats are back to their winning ways.

With the win, the Patriots are now 2-2 on the season and are tied for the first place in the AFC East with the New York Jets and the Bills.

With that being said, let's just jump right into it and take a look at what we learned in New England's 52-28 victory over Buffalo.

1. Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady

Granted the Patriots struggled to move the ball in the first half, as they managed just seven points, but Tom Brady and the offense exploded in the second half with an incredible 45 points.

Brady finished the day completing 22 of his 36 passes for 340 yards while tossing three touchdowns and running in one score as well.

It's definitely good to see Brady play as dominant as he did Sunday.

2. The Patriots had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since 1982

How awesome is this? Stevan Ridley (106 yards) and Brandon Bolden (137) ran for 100-plus yards in the same game.

You can't get much better than that.

New England's ground-attack was simply unstoppable Sunday afternoon as the team finished with 247 total rushing yards on 40 carries which averages out to an impressive 6.2 yards per-carry.

If New England can run the ball like this each and every week, then it will be impossible to stop this offense.

3. Wes Welker has a break-out game

With Julian Edelman being inactive for Sunday's game, Wes Welker received plenty of playing-time and certainly made the most out of it.

Welker finished with a game-high nine receptions for a stellar 129 yards.

Bottom line: Welker looked like his old-self.

4. Is Stephen Gostkowski a mental case?

In all honesty, I'm worried about Stephen Gostkowski.

After missing the game-winning field goal back in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, he could possibly have lost all of his confidence.

Sunday afternoon, Gostkowski was just one of three for field goals as he missed a 49-yarder and a 42-yarder.

Could Gostkowski be mentally toast? We'll just have to wait and see.

5. Devin McCourty stepped up in a huge way

It's about time we saw Devin McCourty play like he did during his rookie season in 2010.

McCourty was able to pick off Ryan Fitzpatrick twice as well as recording five tackles.

Perhaps this could be a sign that McCourty is returning back to the play that we saw as a rookie? I can guarantee to you that Bill Belichick sure hopes so.

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