Through two quarters, the Buffalo Bills are trailing the New England Patriots 9-3. Buffalo’s offense has sustained solid drives, but missed opportunities have limited their scoring potential. On the bright side, the defense has shown up, sacking Tom Brady three times and holding New England out of the end zone in the first half.
The Bills started the game with the ball, and Rick Dennison called a creative opening drive that featured a shovel pass to Charles Clay, among other things. But a terrible decision and awful throw from Tyrod Taylor led to a goalline interception that erased the initial scoring opportunity.
Dennison changed up his typical gameplan this week, working Joe Webb into the offense as a Wildcat quarterback to good success. Taylor’s poor passing has limited the offense on a windy day in Orchard Park - he’s seven-of-twelve passing for 48 yards and that interception.
The Patriots have had some nice runs, with a Dion Lewis stiff-arm earning him 44 yards and Rex Burkhead breaking free for 31 yards. But Brady has been held in check - he’s eight-of-fourteen for 96 yards and no touchdowns.
Both teams have left points on the board. New England will start the second half with possession. But going up against the 9-2 Patriots, the Bills passed their first test by going into halftime with a six point deficit.
Here’s our open thread for the second half. Go Bills!