Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.
Brady the Maestro
Tom Brady was nearly unstoppable against the Bills, both in his ability to get the ball out of his hands quickly to negate the pass rush, and with his accuracy.
On the Patriots’ second offensive play, Bills LB Preston Brown is going to blitz.
The play only results in 1 yard, but look at how Brady gets the throw off before Brown even crosses the line of scrimmage. This is a sign of things to come.
Brady did it again in the third quarter, throwing a perfect slant pass away from the defender for a 24-yard gain for Aaron Dobson.
Brady wasn’t perfect, but he made some unbelievably accurate throws, like this 36-yarder to Rob Gronkowski, just out of reach of CB Ronald Darby.
Good day for the big guys
The Patriots also got some good protection, both in the run and pass game. On Dion Lewis’s touchdown, check out the perfect seal block by Gronkowski on Mario Williams, and great blocks by Scott Chandler and Sebastian Vollmer, too. Lewis deserves a lot of credit for getting into the end zone, plowing ahead for the final 2 yards after getting hit by two defenders. Lewis broke eight tackles during the game.
Containing Tyrod Taylor
Keeping Bills QB Tyrod Taylor contained in the pocket was job No. 1 for the Patriots.
LB Jamie Collins was responsible for keeping the two most dangerous weapons in check — spying on Taylor, and covering RB LeSean McCoy on the checkdown.
And the Patriots also had to be disciplined and stay in their lanes on the pass rush. Here in the second quarter Taylor can’t scramble up the middle, with Dont’a Hightower in his way.
Taylor then tries to scramble right, but now Jabaal Sheard is in his path.
And with nowhere to go, Taylor is dragged down from behind by Chandler Jones.
|QB Tom Brady||61||86||147||100.00%|
|C David Andrews||61||86||147||100.00%|
|G Josh Kline||54||86||140||95.20%|
|TE Rob Gronkowski||61||81||142||96.60%|
|OT Nate Solder||57||78||135||91.80%|
|WR Julian Edelman||48||75||123||83.70%|
|RB Dion Lewis||46||73||119||81.00%|
|WR Aaron Dobson||30||70||100||68.00%|
|G Shaq Mason||36||57||93||63.30%|
|OT Marcus Cannon||13||50||63||42.90%|
|OT Sebastian Vollmer||52||49||101||68.70%|
|TE Scott Chandler||25||43||68||46.30%|
|WR Danny Amendola||34||36||70||47.60%|
|G Tre Jackson||36||27||63||42.90%|
|TE Mike Williams||18||21||39||26.50%|
|TE Michael Hoomanawanui||12||10||22||15.00%|
|RB LeGarrette Blount||0||7||7||4.80%|
|RB Brandon Bolden||14||5||19||12.90%|
|WR Matthew Slater||0||4||4||2.70%|
|RB Travaris Cadet||0||3||3||2.00%|
|WR Chris Harper||12||0||12||8.20%|
|RB James White||1||0||1||0.70%|
|FS Devin McCourty||73||72||145||100.00%|
|LB Jamie Collins||73||72||145||100.00%|
|CB Malcolm Butler||68||72||140||96.60%|
|LB Donta Hightower||61||69||130||89.70%|
|DE Rob Ninkovich||69||63||132||91.00%|
|DE Chandler Jones||71||62||133||91.70%|
|SS Patrick Chung||49||61||110||75.90%|
|CB Tarell Brown||64||53||117||80.70%|
|CB Logan Ryan||4||50||54||37.20%|
|DE Jabaal Sheard||50||45||95||65.50%|
|DT Sealver Siliga||22||44||66||45.50%|
|DT Alan Branch||12||25||37||25.50%|
|S Duron Harmon||57||22||79||54.50%|
|DT Malcom Brown||26||21||47||32.40%|
|CB Bradley Fletcher||49||19||68||46.90%|
|LB Jerod Mayo||11||16||27||18.60%|
|LB Rufus Johnson||0||13||13||9.00%|
|DE Geneo Grissom||32||10||42||29.00%|
|LB Jonathan Freeny||0||2||2||1.40%|
|S Tavon Wilson||0||1||1||0.70%|
|DT Dominique Easley||7||0||7||4.80%|
|S Nate Ebner||5||0||5||3.40%|