You should always try to learn from your failures so here are three takeaways from Bills loss to New England Patriots this past Sunday.
Takeaway 1: The Bills could not get off the field on 3rd down.
The Buffalo Bills defense didn’t play nearly as bad as you’d think considering they gave up 41 points against the New England Patriots this week. They held LeGarette Blount, the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher heading into the week, to just 43 yards on 18 carries.
They also got good pressure on the quarterback sacking Tom Brady four times and Jimmy Garoppolo once for a total of five. They were in Brady’s face for a good portion of the day but unfortunately he was able to avoid the pressure moving around in the pocket to make the necessary plays.
In typical Brady fashion, he did this countless times when it was most important on third downs. The Patriots finished the day 9 for 13 on third down conversions which is unacceptable for a defense as good as Buffalo’s.
In the first quarter alone they were five for five on third downs. On the Patriots first drive, they converted four consecutive third downs with the last one being a nine-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola to take a 7 – 3 lead.
The Bills were able to hold the Patriots offense back it seemed until third down where they’d find a way to make a play which would burn Buffalo. At one point they were eight for ten on third down conversations before the game really got out of hand.
The Bills inability to get off the field on third down was the ultimate reason why they ended up giving up 41 points to the Patriots this past Sunday.