1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Patriots at Bills: How do the Pats manage to come up with big play time and time again?
Without question, the Patriots' defensive personnel are the best-prepared in the NFL. The players swarm to the ball and are extremely heady when a turnover happens. They get to the ball and always make the right decision when it comes to either just falling on it or trying to take it to the house. Too often teams will try to pick up a fumble when they should just fall on it, and end up fumbling it right back to the offense. That never happens to the Patriots.
Another reason why this team always makes the right play is because it plays with so much confidence. The players expect to be in the right place at the right time and know what to do when they are. They are very disciplined and have no communication gaps with the coaching staff. With some squads, info is lost on the field because they don't understand, but the Pats are filled with smart ballplayers.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
The Patriots have won eight straight on the road, and made up for last year's season-opening 31-0 loss at Buffalo. ... Patriots receiver Troy Brown did not return after hurting his arm in the first quarter. ... Adam Vinatieri had a 42-yard field goal for New England, and Rian Lindell hit a 33-yarder for Buffalo. ... The Bills lost CB Troy Vincent (knee), C Trey Teague (knee) and OT Jonas Jennings (head).head
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.1||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||4:49||COREY DILLON 15 YD RUN (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:49
|FG||8:41||RIAN LINDELL 33 YD |
Drive: 7 plays, 66 yds, 3:52
|FG||13:20||ADAM VINATIERI 42 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 56 yds, 4:39
|TD||13:34||TERRENCE MCGEE 98 YD KICKOFF RETURN (RIAN LINDELL KICK)||10||10|
|TD||12:17||ERIC MOULDS 41 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 96 yds, 2:54
|TD||13:32||DAVID PATTEN 30 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 61 yds, 1:15
|TD||3:43||DANIEL GRAHAM 2 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) |
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:57
|TD||12:16||RICHARD SEYMOUR 68 YD FUMBLE RETURN (ADAM VINATIERI KICK)||31||17|