The Buffalo Bills played tough against the New England Patriots, especially the Defense. However, poor play selection, clock management and penalties cost them a victory and a 23-21 loss.
Coach Mike Pettine had his team ready to play on Defense and it was the Defense that kept the game from becoming a blowout early, scoring a TD and an interception to set up another. Rookie QB EJ Manuel had two strong series on both sides of the half, but the Offense sputtered when it counted.
The series everyone will be talking about was with six minutes left in the game. The Bills remained in a hurry up and Manuel looked like a rookie throwing the ball away on 2nd down and throwing short on third. Marrone claimed there was too much time left on the clock to try and milk the clock and they were looking to score, but the play selection sure didn’t look like it.
In fact, while it hasn’t been discussed the Bills playbook was very small, especially the running game. Looks like the play selection has been limited because of Manuel’s experience. If that continues teams will catch up in one week. The Pats figured them out after just three quarters.
That all being said I have to complement the effort. The Patriots were ready to run the Bills out of the Stadium and the number of turnovers and penalties added to their woes. But, the Bills did not fold, they made plays that allowed them to win the game. More discipline and better play selection in critical moments and the Buffalo Bills would have been 1-0.
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