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Monday Night Football: Patriots’ Defense And Ground Game Hold Off The Bills In Key AFC East Matchup

It’s difficult to make a declaration like “the New England Patriots are back,” but we’ll do it anyway. The Patriots are back, and Bill Belichick and company proved it on Monday night when they stopped the Buffalo Bills on the road for a crucial win in the division and the conference. The win improves their record to 9-4, putting them atop the AFC East and the AFC in general, which means they might get home-field advantage.

 

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How they did it in this game is by continuing to rely upon a ridiculously impressive defensive unit. Belichick’s offense threw three passes all game long, yes three, meaning the running game and the defense were extremely important to them in this outing. The defense held the Bills to less than 300 yards of total offense, and they made the crucial stop with less than two minutes to go to shore up the victory. As far as the running game goes, it was Damian Harris that starred for the Pats. He rushed for 111 yards on ten carries, with one of those carries being a 64-yarder that ended up being a TD in the first quarter. That was the most explosive, exciting offensive play on the evening, but it ultimately led to a key win that gave them breathing room over the Bills, a team that had been favored to take the division ahead of the season. They are now two games ahead of them following an improvement to 6-0 on the road this year.

 

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