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BEN VOLIN

Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s loss to Buffalo

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Leaky defense

The Patriots played a lot of soft zone coverage — witness Malcolm Butler (21) — against the Bills to prevent the deep pass.

The Patriots rushed only three and four defenders for most of the game (right), and Tyrod Taylor (5) had all day to throw.

The Patriots must have been worried about the deep pass, because wide receiver Robert Woods had a huge cushion downfield to convert a second-and-20 for the Bills.

Even when Logan Ryan (26) gave 7 yards of cushion at the line of scrimmage (left) . . .

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. . . Woods still had a huge cushion to make a catch down the field (above).

How did LeSean McCoy’s TD work?

Robert Woods set a pick on Dont’a Hightower, but because it was done within 1 yard of the line of scrimmage (behind the line in this case), it was legal.

The pick gave McCoy (left) the free space to make an easy catch.

And Patrick Chung (right) missed the tackle, one of 17 missed tackles by the Patriots.

Gronk effect

Rob Gronkowski creates a lot of free space for Martellus Bennett by running a vertical route and taking the linebacker with him.

And Bennett was able to finish off a 19-yard gain thanks to a nice block from Julian Edelman.

Offensive snap counts
ARI (71) MIA (80) HOU (64) BUF (56) Total (271) Percentage
G Joe Thuney 71 80 64 56 271 100%
C David Andrews 71 80 64 56 271 100%
T Marcus Cannon 71 80 64 56 271 100%
OT Nate Solder 0 65 64 56 185 68%
G Shaq Mason 14 39 64 56 173 64%
QB Jacoby Brissett 0 38 64 56 158 58%
WR Chris Hogan 55 63 57 52 227 84%
WR Julian Edelman 61 63 48 50 222 82%
TE Martellus Bennett 69 80 63 44 256 94%
TE Rob Gronkowski 0 0 14 39 53 20%
RB LeGarrette Blount 42 51 46 30 169 62%
RB James White 26 28 16 21 91 34%
WR Malcolm Mitchell 39 31 17 20 107 39%
WR Danny Amendola 19 19 13 13 64 24%
FB James Develin 17 24 24 5 70 26%
RB Brandon Bolden 3 0 2 5 10 4%
TE AJ Derby 20 0 0 1 21 8%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 71 42 0 0 113 42%
T Cameron Fleming 71 16 15 0 102 38%
G Ted Karras 58 41 0 0 99 37%
TE Clay Harbor 0 22 3 0 25 9%
WR Matt Slater 4 14 2 0 20 7%
RB DJ Foster 0 4 0 0 4 1%
Defensive snap counts
ARI (61) MIA (65) HOU (71) BUF (76) Total (273) Percentage
S Devin McCourty 61 65 71 76 273 100%
LB Jamie Collins 61 65 71 76 273 100%
CB Malcolm Butler 61 64 71 76 272 100%
S Patrick Chung 60 57 68 76 261 96%
LB Donta Hightower 58 0 0 69 127 47%
CB Logan Ryan 61 57 71 68 257 94%
DT Malcom Brown 30 39 31 63 163 60%
DE Chris Long 39 46 55 58 198 73%
DE Jabaal Sheard 44 45 53 58 200 73%
DT Alan Branch 31 37 36 57 161 59%
DE Trey Flowers 21 37 43 42 143 52%
CB Justin Coleman 40 59 0 29 128 47%
LB Shea McClellin 24 39 25 25 113 41%
DT Vincent Valentine 20 17 20 23 80 29%
S Duron Harmon 29 31 69 16 145 53%
LB Jon Freeny 6 36 41 15 98 36%
CB Cyrus Jones 5 8 33 9 55 20%
DT Anthony Johnson 20 0 23 0 43 16%
LB Elandon Roberts 0 6 0 0 6 2%
LB Barkevious Mingo 0 5 0 0 5 2%
S Jordan Richards 1 2 0 0 3 1%

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