New England Patriots’ Physical Game Plan Earns the Top Seed

by | Dec 7, 2021 | Football

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The New England Patriots’ formula to winning in snowy and blustery Buffalo was simple: ground and pound.

QB Mac Jones threw the ball just three times all night, completing two passes for 19 yards. With lake effect snow flying around the stadium and wind wrecking havoc, the ground game did the rest. The Patriots were more than happy to rush 46 times for 222 yards and a 64-yard touchdown by Damien Harris. The Bills simply could not stop that ground game all night. That was shocking when you consider that Buffalo was tied for second in yards per carry (3.9) in the NFL heading into this contest.

Meanwhile, the Bills offense totaled just 99 yards rushing all night, with QB Josh Allen leading all rushers with 39 yards. Conversely, Allen finished with a 50% completion percentage. They had some good plays including a tremendous catch by Stephon Diggs, but Bill Belichick’s defense made key stops at the right moments.  

What the game really came down to is the final two pass plays at the 18-yard line. Adrian Phillips and Myles Bryant stepped in front of two Josh Allen passes to ice the game. I absolutely loved watching the league’s third-ranked third down and red zone defense seal the game. People need to start respecting them more. They know own the top-ranked scoring defense in the NFL. They have taken down the Titans, Browns, and Chargers before this, who all had prolific offenses at one point this season. 

New England has outscored teams 225-73 during a seven-game winning streak to catapult their way to the top seed in the AFC. That is the perfect way to head into the bye week before they face the Indianapolis Colts in two weeks. Their rematch with the Bills is scheduled for December 26th at 1 pm on CBS.

One thing is clear from this winning streak: this Patriots team is dangerous and can beat you in an environment in a variety of ways. Need Mac Jones to throw the ball 40 times? No problem. Want to run the ball 40+ times and limit turnovers? Yes sir.

I can guarantee there is no team that wants to face the Patriots in the playoffs with how dangerous they have proven to be recently. Best of luck to the rest of the AFC.

By: Whitney Dowds