Patriots beat Bills, take command of AFC East

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) lies on the end zone after scoring on a touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WPRI) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots cruised passed the Buffalo Bills 23-3, taking command of the AFC East at 10-2. The Bills fall to a .500 record, now at 6-6.

Running back Rex Burkhead scored the only two touchdowns for the Patriots, but that was more than enough, as the defense held the Bills to only a field goal.

Brady finished the game 21 of 30 in the air for 258 yards, hitting Rob Gronkowski nine of those times for 147 yards. Brady was also sacked three times and threw a rare interception.

Burkhead had 12 carries for 78 yards and also added three receptions for 25 yards.

Late in the 4th quarter Rob Gronkowski was flagged for a late hit on the Bills Tre’Davious White.

“First of all, I definitely want to apologize to No. 27,” Gronkowski said after the game. “I am not in the business of that. I mean, it was a lot of frustration and I was just really frustrated at that moment. It just happened naturally through emotions and frustration. I want to apologize to Tre’Davious White. I don’t really believe in type of shots like that, but just due to the frustration process and the game of football, emotions, that is what happened.”

Next up for the Patriots is a Monday night trip to Miami to face the Dolphins in another AFC East matchup.