By Tiffany Williams –
Monday night football, primetime football as the AFC East-leading New England Patriots made their way west to Highmark stadium to face the Buffalo Bills.
Tonight’s meeting is just one of two meetings this season for New England and Buffalo. Last season the Bills swept the Patriots for the first time since 1999 in a 24-21 win but tonight, it was a different scene with QB Mac Jones.
This is the sixth time since 1995 that New England and Buffalo have played in a Monday night contest. It is the 123rd time that they are meeting. New England holds a 76-23-1 edge in the series and in the last 42 games between these two clubs, New England has won 35. This series between the AFC rivals began in 1960.
The Patriots entered this contest with six straight wins but tonight, rookie QB Mac Jones claimed yet another win for seven consecutive wins and the Patriots 36th all-time win against Buffalo.
In the first quarter with 5:18 on the clock, Harris got a TD and the two-point conversion attempt was good. But Buffalo, Allen had the answer for that Patriots TD with with a pass short middle to Davis who got a TD and point after attempt was good. At the end of the first it was an 8-7 Patriots lead.
In the second quarter with 11:31 on the clock, Folk made a 41 yard field goal for the Patriots after 9 plays, 52 yards and 5:34 of possession. At the end of the second quarter it was an 11-7 Patriots lead.
In the third quarter with 6:39 on the clock, after 8 plays, 31 yards and 2:40 of possession Bass made a 35 yard field goal for Buffalo. At the end of the third quarter it was an 11-10 Patriots lead.
Going into the fourth quarter the Patriots only had a one point lead but with 13:05 on the clock, Folk made a 34 yard field goal to give the Patriots a four point lead. At the end of the fourth quarter it was a 14-10 Patriots game.
Damien Harris TD to get this game rolling was great. Harris now leads the Patriots with a career-high nine rushing touchdowns this season. If next week he can get just one rushing TD, he’ll become the 12th Patriots player to do so. When the Patriots return from their bye, keep an eye on Damien Harris.
After tonight’s game Coach Bill Belichick when asked about Damien Harris, wouldn’t directly address performance of Harris or even give Harris credit for a good TD. Instead Belichick said, “I think it was the whole team.”
It’s just a little disheartening when a player like Harris is doing well but Belichick refuses to directly acknowledge that. It’s like your on a high horse riding with your nose up snubbing your players in public.
As a player, it has to sting just a little bit that your coach doesn’t care to acknowledge you when your out performing most of the guys on your team.