FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WPRI) – Nothing went right for the Patriots Sunday afternoon as they fell to the Buffalo Bills 16-0.
It was the first time since 1993 that the Patriots had been shut out at home – then at the hands of the New York Jets. It was only the second time the Bills have beaten the Patriots at Gillette.
Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett started in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo and the still-suspended Tom Brady, and could only lead his team to 277 yards of total offense. He was constantly under fire, being sacked three times and losing a fumble in the red zone while scrambling.
Martellus Bennett was New England’s most effective receiver, accounting for 109 yards. Rob Gronkowski caught his first ball of the season for 11 yards, but otherwise the Pats receivers were covered tightly all game. The reliable Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field goal, which was as close as the Patriots got to scoring.
Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones had a rough game on special teams, misplaying the opening kickoff and muffing a punt return but managing to recover it in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
The Bills’ Tyrod Taylor was 27 for 39 in passing attempts, throwing for 246 yards and a first-quarter touchdown, but otherwise the Bills settled for three field goals.