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There are no moral victories from Buffalo’s latest loss in New England

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On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Jamie D’Amico break down the Buffalo Bills’ tough 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 16.

Before we get to the good, the bad, and the ugly from another loss to the Evil Empire, we wanted to state that while there were many things to like from this playoff-type game in Foxborough, there’s no such thing as a moral victory with this year’s Bills team who, if they want to take that next step, need to find a way to pull out a win against the toughest competition.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Josh Allen and the offense struggled mightily in the first half, but rebounded with a solid second-half performance;
  • Allen delivered two of the best throws of his young career to keep the Bills in this one;
  • Buffalo lost the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and the Bills were pushed around by the physical Patriots, who never allowed Buffalo to establish its run game while employing their own power-football mentality on offense.
  • The Bills’ inability to get off the field proved costly as New England consistently went on long drives that chewed up the clock;
  • Buffalo was never able to apply sufficient pressure on Tom Brady;
  • The Bills were miserable in the tackling department, allowing Sony Michel to average 4.6 yards per carry;
  • WR Cole Beasley enjoyed another solid game for the Bills who, despite being outplayed, had a chance to tie the game late.
  • Despite the loss, the Bills remain the No. 5 seed in the AFC and will most likely travel to face the Houston Texans during Wild Card weekend.

Check out the latest episode of Billieve to find out our podcasters’ thoughts on the game and what it means moving for the Bills, then leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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