The Buffalo Bills earned their 10th win of the season by a score of 27-21 over the New England Patriots. In the victory, the secondary came up big once again with pass breakups and interceptions that disrupted the Pats' passing attack.
All in all, New England quarterback Bailey Zappe had over 200 yards but threw 3 picks. Two of the interceptions went to Bills' cornerback Rasul Douglas. One of which was a 40-yard return for a touchdown that came in the second quarter. The first interception Zappe threw was to Ed Oliver for the first pick of his NFL career.
The Buffalo secondary was active in other aspects of the game besides turnovers. Jordan Poyer was tied for the leader in tackles with 10 and Taron Johnson contributed with 4 tackles of his own.
The Bills combined for 5 pass breakups too. Douglas got his hand in on three of them and safety Micah Hyde played for the first time in a few weeks after missing the games against Dallas and Los Angeles and recorded a pass breakup. Ed Oliver recorded the other pass breakup as well. Although he is not in the secondary, he was a factor in getting Buffalo to keep New England from getting organized throwing the football.
This play from the secondary has been a common theme throughout Buffalo's season revival. They have held opposing quarterbacks to ratings under 90 in each of the past four wins and they have allowed just one touchdown pass during this stretch compared to the five interceptions they have had over that time which includes the three against the Patriots.
As the Bills prepare for the AFC East championship against the Miami Dolphins in Week 18. That dangerous passing attack poses problems. But, with the way Buffalo's secondary is playing, it will be a challenge for Miami to throw the football.