Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Week 16 report card

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The New England Patriots like to lean on their run game and this week, the Buffalo Bills broke from their typical defensive scheme and had more three linebackers sets on the field with A.J. Klein playing more.

Edmunds would finish the game leading the team with eight total tackles and made a few good plays rushing up the middle that disrupted Mac Jones. Matt Milano had four total tackles with Klein adding three.

There was still a few missed plays on misdirection runs that this defense is going to need to correct but overall this was a much better game from the linebackers than in Week 13.

Grade: B


The Buffalo Bills gave up more passing yards than they did in Week 13 but that was because Mac Jones threw it way more than three times. In fact, he threw it 32 times but only converted 14 of those passes for 145 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, both by Micah Hyde.

For the second straight week, the Bills have held the opposing quarterback under five yards per pass attempt, which is a remarkable stat. There were big questions about how this group would do without Tre’Davious White and to this point, they have certainly done a good job.

Grade: A