Matt Haack has not had a great first season with the Buffalo Bills and has had his fair share of criticism. However, against the Patriots he actually played well in far from ideal weather conditions. He would finish the game with five punts for an average of 46.6 yards with two downed inside the 20 and two touchbacks.
As for Tyler Bass, he would go one for two on field goal attempts by making a 35-yard field goal but missing a 33-yard field goal. That miss was big because if he made that the score would have been 14-13 and the Bills could have gone for another field goal on their next red zone but instead were forced to try and complete a 4th and 14
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Even though the Patriots are an excellent football team and look like they are set up to make a deep playoff run, this loss is right up there with the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. There was no secret what the Patriots were going to do in this game and were going to run the ball over and over again.
However, the Bills had no answer for this even though they had 10 days to prepare. There were seemingly almost no adjustments made until it was too late. Even with the weather, the Bills can’t take the ball out of their best player’s hands in Josh Allen.
If they are unwilling to throw the ball, which Josh Allen showed he did fine with, then he needs to run the ball more than six times. The Buffalo Bills will go back to the drawing board now at 7-5 and prepare for their next matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.