After having scored 38, 38, 43 and 38 points over its last four games, the New England Patriots offense is struggling to find success against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots defense, on the other hand, has been able to limit its opponent – with one of the biggest plays of the game coming in the third quarter on a fumble forced by Kyle Van Noy:
Safety Patrick Chung recovered the loose football and helped set up a Patriots field goal to give the team a 12-6 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, New England’s offense was able to extend the lead by driving 85 yards in 10 plays – including this massive third down conversion from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman:
The 26-yard pass created much-needed momentum for the offense and indirectly set up another big play for New England, a 22-yard run by emergency running back Cordarrelle Patterson:
Another big play – a 20-yard pass from Brady to Chris Hogan – gave the Patriots first and goal at the 1-yard line. On the very next play, New England found the end zone for the first time all day:
James White’s scoring run gave the Patriots an 18-6 lead early in the fourth period. The team tried to go for two but was unable to complete the attempt successfully.