Monday, 11 December, 2017

Rex Burkhead's 2 second-half TDs cap off Patriots' big win

Jacoby Brissett Jimmy Garoppolo Tom Brady Jacoby Brissett Jimmy Garoppolo Tom Brady
Elias Hubbard | 04 December, 2017, 01:12

Set up by a 27-yard precision pass from Brady to Danny Amendola on the sideline the Patriots would put the first points of the day on the board.

After rushing for 193 yards a week ago versus Miami, the Patriots racked up 191 yards on the ground this week.

Burkhead has now scored 4 touchdowns over the past 2 games after tying with Dion Lewis today for the most touches in the Patriots backfield. Sparked by Eric Lee's interception to thwart the Bills' impressive opening drive in the end zone, the unit held quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy in check to continue its impressive momentum. He's been sacked three times and hit four, never settling into a rhythm in the pocket. The 26-year-old played in nine games this season for Tampa Bay and caught two passes for 21 yards and had three carries for 17 yards before being released on Nov 17.

The New England Patriots took a seven-game winning streak into Orchard Park, New York, on Sunday as they faced the hungry Buffalo Bills.

Stephen Gostkowski is a ideal 3 for 3 on field goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards in the windy conditions in western NY.

A third field goal of the half for the Patriots would make the score 9-3 going into halftime. Burkhead finished a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown and found the end zone on a 14-yard run up the middle to cap a 78-yard march.

New England's 130 yards rushing in the first half were the most by the Patriots through two quarters since they had 141 in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on November 16, 2014. Lee, who played a large role with Kyle Van Noy limited due to a calf injury, also sacked Taylor and deflected a pass. Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore returned to Buffalo for the first time since leaving the team in free agency during the offseason.

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