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Winners and losers from the loss against the Patriots

A few of the rookies showed up in a big way

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills laid an egg offensively against the New England Patriots but their defense, for the most part, kept them in the game. Another week of the media and fans questioning whether or not Rick Dennison should be offensive coordinator and the defense starting to get back to its original form.


RB LeSean McCoy
Against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, McCoy had a big day for the amount of times he got the ball. He had 15 carries for 93 yards for a 6.2 yards per carry average. He broke out multiple runs over 10 yards but wasn't given enough opportunities to keep the chains moving for the Bills. McCoy is their best offensive player and he only touched the ball 17 times against a team that didn't have much of an answer to stop him. Despite his lack of touches, McCoy had a good game.

CB Tre’Davious White
In coverage, White was good again. He picked off Tom Brady while guarding Rob Gronkowski (got away with a hold but we’ll allow it) and was in good position against Gronk again on a similar route. For what it’s worth, White had the highest grade on the Bills for the day from Pro Football Focus with an 86.4.

LT Dion Dawkins
Dawkins has improved a lot over this season and it is showing. He had another solid game against a bit of a weak defensive line. With Cordy Glenn potentially set to miss the remainder of the season, his absence is becoming less and less noticeable with Dawkins stepping in. Pro Football Focus gave him the second highest grade on the Bills with an 82.


OC Rick Dennison
Dennison is under the microscope once again after falling apart after the first drive that was cut short by a Tyrod Taylor interception. Like ever coordinator, Dennison scripts the first 15-20 plays of the game and it looks like that game plan is working. Once he starts calling plays on the fly, it’s almost as if he just hands the play sheet over to a child. Going back to the zone scheme that no one on the offense seems to like and going further away from what actually works.

QB Tyrod Taylor
Taylor suffered an injury on the first play of the game and was probably uncomfortable for the remainder of his snaps, but the interception in the red zone on the first drive was terrible. Taylor put up almost the same stats that got him benched, going 9 for 18 with a whopping 65 yards through the air. He only attempted two passes of more than 10 yards downfield. His injury may have hindered him a bit but he was still pretty mobile out of the pocket.

LB Matt Milano
Milano is on this side of the list for the wrong reasons. He is arguably the best linebacker of the main four the Bills use and he only saw 22 snaps on Sunday. The Pats ran 70 offensive plays, which means he was only on the field for 31 percent of those which is quite the head-scratcher. Milano has done nothing but show that he deserves more playing time and probably should be the starter over Ramon Humber at this point. To refer back to Pro Football Focus, Milano’s grade on the season is 70.3 which is good for the 44th linebacker in the NFL. Humber has 35.1, which is 83rd. Why is Milano on the sidelines?