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Buffalo Bills 7, New England Patriots 6: Second-half open thread

The Bills have a narrow lead over New England.

The Buffalo Bills hold a slim 7-6 lead over the New England Patriots at halftime during a blustery, rainy game in Orchard Park. Buffalo’s defense has continued to play effectively for a second week in a row, but gave up yet another field goal on the two-minute drill at the end of the half. The offense found its footing with an early touchdown, but punted twice, and a miscommunication between Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs led to an interception that set up New England’s second field goal.

The Patriots have put themselves into unfavorable down and distance with penalties and poor play, and Buffalo forced three punts in their drives. But a missed tackle led to a 28-yard reception by James White, setting up New England’s first score, and Allen’s interception gave New England the ball at midfield for one more easy drive.

On offense, Buffalo’s line has set a strong tone in the running game. The team already has 15 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. But the passing game is still sleepy, with only Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs showing signs of life.

Center Mitch Morse suffered a concussion very early in the game. The Bills initially replaced him with Ryan Bates, but later slotted Jon Feliciano at center—putting Ike Boettger at left guard like he’d been playing last week.

The Bills will receive the football to start the second half. A win would put Buffalo in a great spot within the divisional race. Here’s your thread for the rest of the day. Go Bills!