3 standout stars for Patriots in Week 13 blowout loss to Bills

It was a rough Thursday night for the Patriots, but here are the standout stars.

The New England Patriots fell to 6-6 at the hands of the division rival Buffalo Bills. Not only did the loss hurt their AFC East standing, but it also served as another dagger to their playoff hopes.

It’s already on to the Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals at this point for the Patriots. There’s no use of beating themselves up over another blowout loss to the Bills.

You’d have to search long and hard to find much of anything to cheer for in the Week 13 loss, but there were at least three players for the Patriots that offered a glimmer of hope for the team moving forward.

Bills offense welcome run game contributions vs. Patriots

#Bills offense welcome run game contributions vs. #Patriots:

Buffalo rookie RB James Cook had a career evening in Foxborough, MA on the way to a 24-10 Bills victory over their AFC East rival, the New England Patriots.

Cook led the team in rush attempts and yardage on the ground, also hauling in six targets that made him second in receptions on the night. In all the first-year pro had 14 carries for 64 yards with 41 yards receiving.

The contest was the third in which he logged double-digit attempts rushing, and marked the best overall performance of his young career.

Much of the Bills ground game has previously been carried on RB Devin Singletary’s shoulder, so what’s led to the increased role on offense? In part, the playcalling has been more balanced, but there are some other things Cook’s head coach noticed as well.

“It was just overall his growth and seeing what he can do,” Sean McDermott said to the press postgame. “Rotating different guys in there. It was just all Motor (Devin Singletary) and I think that’s a good thing there.”

The playcalling was absolutely a factor in giving the running back’s group a chance to gain ground in the offense, and the coach acknowledged how offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey has been reading when to run or pass the football.

“I thought coach (Ken) Dorsey did a really good job of changing it up. When the run is working like it was at times, just being able to stick it–And sometimes it wasn’t–but just being able to stick with it, I thought he was very patient in that regard. I thought the O-line did a very good job up front,” McDermott added.

Cook’s teammates noticed the impact he and Singletary, who added 51 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown, had in the win.

“We got the backs that can make explosive plays. They do a great job,” WR Stefon Diggs said during his media session. “It helps the pass game.”

Diggs went on to praise Cook specifically, adding “He’s a special player… He’s young. He’s growing and he’s growing in the right direction fast.”

“He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands,” QB Josh Allen said about Cook. “The more we can get him going, in the long run, is going to benefit us.”

Veteran center Mitch Morse noticed the overall development as well, speaking favorably as well about how this Bills team is evolving and expanding to be more multi-dimensional in their offensive game plan and attack.

“It felt good to execute in the run game to give ourselves a little bit of a cushion at least to not feel like we had to just drop back and play one-dimensional,” Morse said.

The team will have the opportunity to continue to build on their performance in the coming weeks, as they square off at home against the Jets and Dolphins in back-to-back AFC East matchups on December 11th and 18th.

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Bills ‘thankful’ to get first divisional win vs. Patriots

#Bills ‘thankful’ to get first divisional win vs. #Patriots:

The Bills shook off losses in their first two division matchups of the season to notch their first AFC East victory of the year on Thursday Night Football.

The team, who lost road games against division foes in the Jets and Dolphins earlier in the season, ended the night with a 24-10 victory over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on a cold, blustery New England night.

Buffalo looked to be finding more rhythm on offense than they had previously this season in divisional matchups. Meanwhilte, more members of the defense stepped up to contribute as well.

“Just trying to find a way to win. Took a team effort,” DE Shaq Lawson said to the media. “Complementary football, all three ways. Just find a way to win.”

Head coach Sean McDermott was pleased with the progress and victory the team left Foxborough with.

“I mean a divisional win is important. We knew coming in here was gonna be tough,” McDermott said during his postgame press conference. “Like I said against a really good football team. They’re really well coached and prepared every week so we’re thankful to get a win, and in the division on top of that.”

The AFC East has gradually grown more competitive, something Bills LB Von Miller noted recently.

“I think (with) some of the offseason moves, you can see it starting to get better,” Miller said via the team’s website. “The Jets are definitely not the same Jets team that they’ve been over the last couple of years. The Miami Dolphins as well. The New England Patriots, they’ve put together some great games this season. It’s competitive. I don’t think it’s all of a sudden though.”

Next up, the team will head back to Buffalo to host a pair of division matchups at Orchard Park. They will once again face the Jets and Dolphins, this time at home, for their final meetings of the regular season.

Both games will be important in the Bills’ quest for a third straight AFC East crown as well as in making the playoffs.

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PODCAST: Bills have officially turned the tables on Bill Belichick

PODCAST: #Bills have officially turned the tables on Bill Belichick:

The Bills Wire is back with their weekly podcast during the 2022 NFL season.

Check out the latest episode ahead of the Bills’ Week 14 matchup with the Jets below:

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WATCH: Which Bills player takes the most selfies?

WATCH: Which #Bills player takes the most selfies?

Many players on the Bills love to take their photos to social media.

Sometimes it’s of places or things they’re up to. Others, it might be a selfie or two.

In terms of the latter, the Bills posed the question to players after a recent practice: Who on the team takes the most seflies?

The answers can be found in the video below:

Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants visit without a deal

Odell Beckham Jr. has concluded his visit with the New York Giants and will now meet with the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took a private flight into New York on Thursday and then met with New York Giants brass over dinner.

“We had dinner with him last night. It was a good visit,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “Had a great steak.”

Beckham returned on Friday morning for a physical and then wrapped up his two-day visit with the Giants after meeting with a few more people at the team facilities. He ultimately left without a contract.

That should come as little surprise as Beckham intends on fulfilling his previous commitments, including a weekend visit with the Buffalo Bills. From there, he’ll head down to Arlington to meet with the very anxious Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants are still considered long-shots to land Beckham with the Cowboys remaining the favorites. But it wasn’t that long ago that OBJ even visiting with the Giants seemed like a long-shot.

At the end of the day, home is where the heart is. And Beckham’s heart might very well be in East Rutherford.

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The Morning After: Mac Jones is not the issue, the structure is

What to make of the Patriots’ brutal letdown performance against the Bills.

A very disappointing home blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills ended with the New England Patriots falling to 6-6 on Thursday night.

There was nothing pretty about this matchup, like the previous two head-to-head meetings with the Bills. The story has been the same as it has all season long: The offense is just plain terrible.

Many want to blame Mac Jones, but he is far from the issue. I firmly believe that any QB outside of maybe the top-three would be struggling in this offense due to how poor the play-calling has been under Matt Patricia.

Here are my leftover notes after having some time to sleep on the game.

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NFL Week 13 TV coverage maps

The Philadelphia Eagles will host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and here’s your TV coverage map for the Week 13 games if you’re not in the Philly or South Jersey area

The Eagles are set for a physical matchup on Sunday afternoon when the Titans travel to Lincoln Financial Field.

The matchup will be the first for A.J. Brown against his former team, while both clubs will be looking to cement their status as top seeds in the playoffs.

Philadelphia will look to keep control of first place in the division and the overall top seed in the NFC. 

Here’s your TV watch map for Week 13 via 506 Sports.

Bills’ Josh Allen trolls the Patriots after another win at Gillette Stadium

#Bills’ Josh Allen trolls the @Patriots after another win at Gillette Stadium:

Following their 24-10 win against the New England Patriots on Thursday, the Buffalo Bills moved to 9-3 and took back over first place in the AFC East.

The win gave the Bills their first three-game winning streak in Foxboro since the 1992-1994 seasons.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who threw for 223-yards and two touchdowns, continued his dominance in New England.

He even did some trolling over the Patriots and their fans after the game.

While speaking with the Thursday Night Football crew on Prime, Allen threw some shade while talking to former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

” I love your playoff beard, it’s early,” Fitz said to Allen on set.

‘Yeah, well we’re in Gillette Stadium. I’m a Gillette guy, so maybe I gotta clean it up a little bit,” Allen responded. “I think people understand that, I kinda took that Gillette, you know it’s a great sponsor to have, but I know where this stadiums at, right? I know who plays here. The fans here. Means a lot, means a lot.”

While Allen took a moment to have some fun, having good time on the field is something wide receiver Stefon Diggs is crediting for the Bills getting back to playing winning football, which includes his QB.

“It’s playing one play at a time and really getting back to being us,” Diggs told the media after the game. “You see Josh out there flying, flying around, running around, making plays and getting back to having fun and so that’s something I anticipate we just trying to keep it going.”

When asked if he has seen a difference in Allen and his health continues to improve, Diggs was candid.

“I mean, I wouldn’t know cause he doesn’t really show it. You know, he’s not really the quarterback that’s out there like, you know… dragging ass,” Diggs said laughing. “He’s out there giving it everything he’s got and guys gravitate to him. You know, a player like Josh, he’s our quarterback, it helps that he’s our quarterback and he’s out there giving it everything he’s got. I’m rockin’ with him, you know? When he’s banged up he’s still a good ass football player. And that’s when you really gotta love him up, you know what I’m saying? Cause things won’t go right all the time. When he gets back to feeling himself, you see the plays he made today like when he was scrambling and throwing guys off and finding guys. So, him playing with that confidence and getting back to having fun spills on all of us a little bit.”

While the Bills now find themselves in the midst of a three-game win streak, the win on Thursday night was their first division win of the year.

With a current division record of 1-2, the upcoming two games vs. the Jets and Dolphins could make all the difference between winning the division and battling it out, down the stretch for a Wild Card spot.

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Bills’ Jordan Phillips says he’s fine after late injury vs. Patriots

#Bills’ Jordan Phillips says he’s fine after late injury vs. #Patriots:

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips gave himself a clean bill of health following his team’s win over the New England Patriots.

In Week 13, the Bills (9-3) took a 24-10 win over the Patriots (6-6). Phillips was injured very late in the contest.

On one of the very last plays New England ran on offense, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was scrambling all around on the field. Phillips was chasing and took a dive at him and missed.

Soon after, the Bills announced that Phillips was out due to a shoulder.

Considering there were only minutes left in what was a game that was all but over, Phillips being ruled out was not a surprise.

Following the contest, Phillips was asked by the Buffalo News how he felt. Reportedly, the answer was “fine.”

Sounds like the Bills dodged a bullet.

The Bills defense did lose defensive end Von Miller as he was placed on injured reserve prior to kickoff. However, the likes of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin), defensive end AJ Epenesa (ankle), cornerback Tre’Davious White (knee) and defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) all returned to the line in recent weeks.

It appears no steps in the wrong direction were taken against the Patriots–And even so, the team is now off until Dec. 11 thanks to the Thursday matchup with the Pats. A mini-bye week that will help any bumps and bruises heal.

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