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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.

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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.

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And with nowhere to go, Taylor is dragged down from behind by Chandler Jones.

Offensive snap counts
Out of 147 total snaps through two games.
Player Steelers Bills Total Percent
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%
Defensive snap counts
Out of 145 total snaps through two games.
Player Steelers Bills Total Percent
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%

Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin.