The Super Bowl Champions started defending their title in the best way possible, by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21. Tom Brady threw for 288 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, completing 78.1 percent of his passes, and a 143.8 QB rating. His main targets were TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman, combining for nearly 200 receiving yards, with the powerful TE being on the receiving end of three touchdowns. Despite gaining only 80 yards on the ground, the Patriots put on display against the Steelers their outstanding offensive strategies, showing that they have a plethora of options to put points on the board. Defensively, New England's numbers weren’t good and tend to confirm what was already being noted -- their secondary needs some help, as the team allowed a total of 464 yards (330 yards passing and 134 rushing), ranking 29th in the league in Week 1.
Buffalo Bills (1-0)
After a dominant display against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, resulting in a 27-14 win, the Buffalo Bills look for another upset and this time against none other than their AFC West rivals New England Patriots. Tyrod Taylor's numbers weren't impressive but were solid, as he completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards, with one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Bills running game produced 147 yards with Karlos Williams leading the way, gaining 55 yards and a touchdown. RB LeSean McCoy played his first game as a Buffalo Bill, carrying the ball 17 times for just 41 yards, but his physical problems might help explain those disappointing numbers. On the defensive side of the ball, Buffalo was outstanding stopping the run, allowing just 64 yards. Penalties continue to be a huge concern for the Bills and Rex Ryan, as they had 11 penalties for 113 yards. And another big concern coming into this game against the Patriots will be to figure out a way to contain TE Rob Gronkowski.
The Bills are 4-0 in their last four home games but the Patriots have lost only one of their last 11 visits to Ralph Wilson Stadium. New England had a few extra days to prepare for this game which is an advantage and should make them well rested and ready for this match-up. Tom Brady and company had a great game against the Steelers but the Bills defense is a big step up and should give them a few more problems. The Bills will probably pound the rock all day long, trying to keep Brady away from the field for as long as possible, and sporadically look for Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins to cause some damage with the deep ball.
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