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Patriots Thump Bills 20-10

Four weeks into the 2008 NFL season Bills fans were in a state of euphoria as there seemed to be no doubt the Bills were playoff bound. It’s amazing what a difference 5 weeks can make.

After starting 4-0 the Bills are 1-4 in their last 5 games and as has been the case for what seems like an eternity they have no answers to fix their offense. The New England Patriots dominated in every way on Sunday. They had 370 yards to the Bills 168. They had the ball 37:40 versus 22:20 for the Bills, and had 24 first downs versus 10 for the Bills.

For Bills fans it was like many Patriots games in the past, with the Bills play becoming so frustrating that it made a fan feel that there is no hope for this team to make the playoffs.

It was obvious early that this game would not go well for the Bills. While the Bills did nothing on their first drive the Patriots easily marched down the field on theirs, with the final result being a 13 yard TD run by Cassel. The key play of the drive was a 21 yard catch by Wes Welker in which it was obvious he only got one foot in bounds. Bills coach Dick Jauron took too long to challenge, as by the time he threw the red flag the teams were lined up and the refs did not see that it was thrown.

Later in the first quarter Trent Edwards threw an interception to Ellis Hobbs in Bills territory which allowed the Patriots to start the 2nd quarter with a Stephen Gostkowski FG. The Bills followed up with a FG of their own which capped off the scoring for the 1st half.

In the 2nd half the Bills defense held up relatively well, as they were on the field almost constantly. The primary reason for this was the Bills offense managed to gain just 58 yards in the second half.

The Patriots scored the only points in the 3rd quarter with a FG, and in the 4th the Bills defense finally got too worn down as the Patriots scored on a drive that lasted 19 plays. After what seemed like forever BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1 yard TD run and the game was over. The Bills scored a TD in garbage time after Leodis McKelvin had a long kickoff return, but the 14 yard James Hardy TD catch did little to take the bad taste away for Bills fans.

Green-Ellis ran for 105 yards on 26 carries and Matt Cassel passed for 234 yards, while Trent Edwards passed for just 120 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INT’s. An even bigger problem is the Bills running game, as Marshawn Lynch ran for just 46 yards on 14 carries.

When all was said and done on Sunday the Bills were at the bottom of the division with an 0-3 division record, while the Patriots are right where they always are at the top. Now the Bills have all week to figure things out before an appearance on Monday Night Football, and it’s obvious that answers won’t come easily for the Buffalo Bills.

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