Welcome to Week Eight of the 2018 NFL Regular Season! Tonight the Patriots face the Bills in Buffalo during primetime, something the Bills don’t experience all that often. Here are the inactive Patriots for tonight’s game:

OT Marcus Cannon, DE Geneo Grissom, TE Jacob Hollister, LB Dont’a Hightower, RB Sony Michel, CB Eric Rowe, OL Brian Schwenke

FIRST QUARTER

15:00- The Patriots will receive; let’s see if the Patriots offense can get off to a good start.

14:51- Patterson runs for five; 2nd & 5…

14:20- Incomplete pass to Gronk; 3rd & 5…

14:14- White with the catch for eight; 1st & 10…

13:42- Bills blitz, and Patterson loses three on the play; 2nd & 13…

13:01- Incomplete screen pass; 3rd & 14…

12:54- Brady went deep to Gordon & he simply didn’t make the play. He was open, the ball was there, he just didn’t catch it. Gordon has been good, but it is clear that he has a ton of rust on his game still. Assuming he doesn’t blow it, he makes that play in a month. Patriots punt, and the immortal Derek Anderson will take the field for the Bills.

12:37- Buffalo runs some Wildcat, and of course the Patriots can’t defend it. 10 yard gain; 1st & 10…

12:00- Anderson completes the pass to Jones for a gain of eight; 2nd & 2…

11:27- Brian Daboll dialing up plays that he KNOWS the Patriots can’t stop.

10:45- Another funky formation, but the Patriots stuff it for just one; 2nd & 9…

10:13- Double flea-flicker, which should have worked, doesn’t because Derek Anderson stinks and overthrew the pass; 3rd & 9…

10:08- And all those trick plays lead to a punt that ends up as a touchback. I understand the Bills need to mix it up to have a chance, but the Patriots haven’t stopped anyone. They should be using the odd formations, but don’t use them all in a row; that is just dumb.

9:53- White gains five on the catch; 2nd & 5….

9:18- Edelman for six; 1st & 10…

9:12- Nine-yard reception by White; 2nd & 1…

8:50- White for ten more; 1st & 10…

8:40- Incomplete pass to Gronk; 2nd & 10…

8:24- Eight yard catch by Gordon; 3rd & 10…

7:45- Edelman for 10 on the reverse; 1st & 10…

7:26- White gains 11 on the catch; another 1st down for the Patriots…

6:54- Edelman picks up seven; 2nd & 3…

6:26- Patterson runs for four; 1st & Goal…

4:49- Ugly red zone trip. It wasn’t even worth telling everyone what was going on because it was so ugly. Gostkowski came in and hit the 25-yard field goal to give the Patriots the lead, but they wanted seven, not three. Patriots 3, Bills 0

4:39- The ball appeared to be out at first glance, but he was definitely down. The Bills will keep possession, and their terrible offense will come back onto the field…at least for a few downs.

4:20- McCoy loses three on the run; 2nd & 13…

3:55- Van Noy, who CANNOT cover, gets beat on the wheel route by McCoy; gain of 21, 1st & 10…

2:49- Flowers with a nice play, loss of three; 2nd & 13…

2:35- Flowers bats down the pass; 3rd & 10…

2:11- Clay for five, but that isn’t enough; 4th & 5…

1:36- White runs for three; 2nd & 7…

:57- Brady runs for eight yards on 3rd & 7…1st down!

:12- Patriots call timeout; 1st & 10…

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Hogan picks up about 40 yards on the play; the Patriots need to get into the end zone on this drive. 1st & 10 from the Bills 37…

14:16- Incomplete pass & a false start make it 2nd & 15; the Patriots are a little sloppy right now…

14:08- Edelman picks up 17 on the catch; 1st & 10…

13:28- Barner runs for two; 2nd & 8…

12:50- The Patriots went to the well too much and the Bills read it; 3rd & 11…

12:15- Edelman can only pick up six, forcing Gostkowski into the 40-yard field goal attempt, which is good. Points are good, but you want touchdowns, not field goals. Patriots 6, Bills 0

11:47- Gilmore with a nice PBU on Benjamin (soft); 2nd & 10…

11:30- McCoy bottled up after gaining just one yard; 3rd & 9…

10:46- Jason McCourty rips the receiver down after a five yard gain on a crossing route; good tackle. The punt was bad (26 yards), so the Patriots will take over at their own 38.

10:01- Battering-ram James Develin with the catch and hammer for seven yards; 2nd & 3…

9:41- Bills called for holding, which is an automatic first down.

8:50- White picks up 15 yards on the screen; 1st & 10 from the Bills 33…

8:08- Gronk picks up 12 on the reception; 1st & 10 from the Bills 21…

7:24- Brady audible may have been a mistake as he is sacked on the play; 2nd & 16…

6:42- Incomplete pass to Gordon; 3rd & 16…

6:35- Edelman picks up eight on the play, and it got a little chippy after the play. Gostkowski will come in and attempt another field goal, this time from 38, and it is good. Field goal-fest, 2018!! Patriots 9, Bills 0

5:41- Flowers with the tackle after McCoy gained four; 2nd & 6…

5:00- How many times can he tackle his teammate with his butt? Ask Vlad Ducasse, Captain Ass. 3rd & 6…

3:40- The Bills gain 12 on a first down pass, then an incomplete pass; 2nd & 10…

3:35- Shelton misses the tackle, allowing Ivory to pick up six instead of one; 3rd & 4…

2:51- Crossing route troubles again, this time leading to another 1st down for the Bills; 1st & 10 from the New England 33…

2:15- Good pressure and coverage by the New England defense; no gain, 2nd & 8…two minute warning.

2:00- Chung makes the tackle after a gain of two; 3rd & 8…

1:42- McCoy runs for two, and the Bills fans are booing. Steven Hauschka will attempt a 47-yard field goal, which is good. The Bills have now joined in on Field Goal-fest, 2018!! Patriots 9, Bills 3

1:33- The Patriots will start the two minute drill…

1:24- Edelman gains 21 on the reception; good blocking…

1:03- Gordon picks up nine more; 2nd & 1…

:46- Gronk picks up 10 more; 1st & 10…

:18- Brady spikes it, and they will have a chance to run two plays. We may see another FIELD GOAL (I hope not)…

:10- Incomplete pass to Gronk on the out; Gostkowski comes on to attempt a 50 yard field goal, which is no good. He pushed it right; the Bills are in the game…let me repeat, the Bills are in the game. Although I think the Patriots will explode in the second half, this game is very close right now.

New England Patriots 9, Buffalo Bills 3

HALFTIME

15:00- McCoy runs for four; 2nd & 6 from the Patriots 15…

14:05- Brown makes a nice tackle; 3rd & 2…

13:28- McCoy picks up 29, but soft Benjamin made an illegal blindside block, costing the Bills 15. Benjamin is a tough guy when the guy doesn’t look him in the eye. 1st & 10…

12:54- OPI should have been called on soft Benjamin; 1st & 10 after a 40 yard gain…

12:13- Grigsby makes a tackle of McCoy for a loss of five; 2nd & 15…

11:31- Ivory drops the easy pass, and the Bills now face 3rd & 15…

11:26- Soft Benjamin called for OPI, finally, ending the Bills drive. The Patriots offense will take over at their own five after a penalty on Edelman.

11:15- White gains nothing; the Patriots lack of a true running back is really hurting them tonight; 2nd & 10…

10:34- Gordon gains seven on the catch; 3rd & 3…

10:04- That’s just a really bad play call, end of story. Toss sweep to a wide receiver against a very fast defense? That is just foolish, and now the field position is completely flipped after Hyde returned it for 30 yards to the Patriots 35. This isn’t a good night for the Patriots.

9:10- Anderson fumbles, picks it back up, and still gets a throw off. Jason Witten is annoying. 2nd & 10…

8:58- Flowers makes a great play; tackle for a loss of three, 3rd & 13…

8:21- Soft Benjamin makes the catch at the 34, and now they will attempt a 51-yard field goal.

7:39- Field goal is good; the Bills cut the lead to three. This game is not pretty, and this game is not what everyone expected. Patriots 9, Bills 6

7:25- Edelman picks up seven on first down; 2nd & 3…

6:57- Edelman picks up six on the catch; 1st & 10…

6:18- Hogan called for OPI, which was kind of weak…1st & 20…

5:43- Gordon picks up 17 on a nice catch over the middle, 2nd & 2…

5:03- White runs for five, and the Patriots pick up the 1st. 1st & 10 from the Bills 48…

4:33- White just isn’t a strong runner; the whole was there, but he only gained two after being tackled on 1st contact; 2nd & 8…

3:56- Overthrown to Gronk, who landed hard on his back but got up easily. 3rd & 8, big play….

3:51- Incomplete pass to Edelman, a play they NEVER miss on. The Patriots are forced to punt, and the Bills have all the “MO”.

3:15- Ivory runs for 11; 1st & 10…

2:55- Strip-sack by Van Noy is recovered by Chung! Huge play by the Patriots defense to steal the “MO” back, and the ball too.

2:49- Gronk with an unbelievable catch down the sideline, and the Patriots offense is now at the Bills seven; 1st & Goal…

2:40- Waste of a play running White; 2nd & Goal…

2:11- Brady with a horrible throw to a wide open White; ugly night for everyone. 3rd & Goal…

2:07- Brady forced to throw it away again due to the onslaught of Bills pass rushers, and the Patriots are forced into another field goal attempt. Sony Michel’s absence is killing this offense tonight.

2:04- Gostkowski drills it from 25 yards out, and the Patriots are back up by six. Patriots 12, Bills 6

:40- Ivory runs for six; 3rd & 3 from their own 48…and that is the end of the 3rd quarter. Patriots 12, Bills 6

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00- Roberts breaks up the pass, but it should have been a pick-six! 4th & 3…

14:48- Edelman with the fair catch at the 15; the Patriots offense really needs touchdown.

14:28- Edelman picks up three on 1st down, and what appeared to be a 1st down, but Waddle was called for holding. 2nd & 16…

14:00- White picks up 11 on the catch; 3rd & 5…

13:15- Edelman with a clutch catch, picking up 24 on the play; 1st & 10…

12:39- Two-yard run by White; 2nd & 8…

12:03- HORRIBLE throw by Brady is almost picked, but White knocked it away; 3rd & 8…

11:53- White picks up nine on the catch; he is a great RECEIVER, not running back. 1st & 10…

11:24- Patterson with a 21 yard run; huge play, 1st & 10…

10:50- Patterson gets nothing on that run; 2nd & 10…

10:06- Hogan makes the catch for a gain of 20, and the Patriots are at the Bills one…

9:58- Touchdown, Patriots!! James White runs it in from one yard out, and the Patriots finally pick up six. They will go for two…and it was no good. The Patriots now lead by 12. Patriots 18, Bills 6

9:53- Holding on the Bills pushes them back 10 yards; 1st & 20 from their own 15…

9:46- Jones picks up six on the catch; 2nd & 14…

9:08- Gain of nine, 3rd & 5…

8:25- Pass is complete to Jones, and the Bills pick up the first down.

7:46- Anderson with an “Uncle Rico” throw; 2nd & 10…

7:39- Patriots fooled on the McCoy screen, 10 yard gain; 1st & 10…

6:55- Clay picks up 22 yards on the catch, and the Bills are driving easily…

6:14- J.McCourty with good coverage as he breaks up a pass in the end-zone; 2nd & 10…

6:08- After a near touchdown, the Bills are called for a false start. They are now facing 3rd & 15 from the Patriots 30…

5:54- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Devin McCourty spotted that crossing route, broke, picked it, and took it 85 yards for the touchdown. A Bills touchdown is overturned, and next thing you know the Patriots are putting seven on the board. Patriots 25, Bills 6

5:42- Holmes picks up 20 on the catch, and Ivory runs for 12 more. The Bills have a 1st & 10 at the Patriots 40.

4:50- Clay picks up seven; 2nd & 3…

4:21- Ivory stuffed; 3rd & 2…

3:55- Incomplete pass; the Bills will be forced to go for it on 4th & 2…

3:52- Incomplete pass; the Patriots have struggled against the run, yet they passed. Turnover on downs, and the Patriots take over at their own 36.

3:47- Patterson gains four on the run, 2nd & 6…

3:41- Patterson runs for no gain; 3rd & 6…

3:34- Patterson runs for three; 4th & 3…

2:00- Van Noy with a sack that looked to hurt Anderson…and he did. Anderson will exit the game, and

1:11- The Bills gain 14 on 3rd & 32…4th & 18…

:48- McCoy picks up 10, and the Patriots offense will come in to take a knee and leave with a hard fought win. This team needs work, but they are 6-2 after the first half of the season, and they are in the drivers seat for a top-two seed in the AFC.

:00- That’ll do it here from Buffalo; the Patriots win again, and they continue their stranglehold on the AFC East.

FINAL SCORE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 25, BUFFALO BILLS 6

Thanks again for joining us, and be sure to join us again next Sunday night when the Patriots take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Goodnight, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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