Bulldog: Outclassed

October 31, 2016

I'm not entirely sure what to say here after yet another humbling tear down at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I find myself wishing I had one of these saved from some other season. I'd post it and see if anyone noticed. But alas, that can't happen, I checked and am out of luck. So that means you get fresh new words about a very familiar result.

The Bills aren't in the Patriots league. They may be in the same division but New England is just so superior. At no position is this more evident than at quarterback. Tom Brady is deadly accurate, explosive and seemingly able to do whatever he likes when playing the Bills. Sunday's win pushed his career record against the Bills to 26-3. Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Gronk all caught TD passes from Brady. By the time the Pats settled for letting their running back score they had built a 38-17 lead. 

It truly is demoralizing living like this. Knowing the game is coming and hoping that the Bills can find some way to be competitive let alone win. I know, they don't always get blown out by New England. But with all the injuries on offense and Brady seemingly on some sort of revenge tour of the NFL, I spent the week bracing for what might come.

And it came. Expecting Tyrod Taylor to keep up would be asking a lot if he had access to all of his help. Doing it with Walter Powell and Reggie Bush? Come on. Any chance the Bills were going to have in this game depended on Rex Ryan's defense confusing Brady and hopefully holding the score down. So much for that. There is always a lot of talk about how to defend Brady. Attack him, try to confuse him with coverage, get him off his spot. I'd say the Bills did make him move some in this game. It just didn't matter. Time after time Brady shuffled, reset and delivered strikes. 

The numbers are not particularly ghastly. You'd expect worse in a game where the Bills gave up 41 points. Brady goes 22/33 for 315 yards and those four touchdowns. He had good looks at a fifth or even sixth TD pass but settled for a field goal and a LeGarrette Blount run instead.

Halfway through the season and the Bills are 4-4 staring at a tough Monday nighter in Seattle followed by a week off.  The season is still alive and the back half of the schedule looks like there will be enough wins available to keep the Bills "in the hunt" into the winter.

What we learned Sunday is that the Bills are still lagging way behind the Patriots and that gap is as wide as ever.