Taylor underwhelming in New England [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With each pass that fell 2 or 3 yards shy of a receiver, somewhere high above General Manager Doug Whaley had to wonder if this truly is his long-term answer at quarterback.'
Referee Gene Steratore on the wayward whistle, Watkins' final catch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There were missed calls, odd calls and a dose of controversy when an inadvertent whistle negated what could've been a New England Patriots touchdown. Instead, the officials ruled it a 14-yard gain and penalized Rex Ryan 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.'
Mystery of why the Bills can’t solve Brady continues [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ defense blitzed Brady on only five pass plays all game Monday night, by unofficial count. He only hurt the Bills on two of them. But that was enough to engineer a 20-13 victory.'
Amendola, White take over nicely for Pats [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that was exactly what the Bills unleashed on Tom Brady. Although they sacked him only once, they did hit him 10 times – very hard on multiple occasions (Brady got up very slowly after one of the hits) – and generally made him feel uncomfortable and frustrated with the lack of protection from his banged-up offensive line that often seemed overmatched.'
Patriots-Bills Matchup Winners [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thurman and the defensive coaches seemed to confuse Brady in the first half by rushing three men and dropping eight into coverage on six plays. Brady was just 2 of 6 for 14 yards on those rushes. Yes, Brady did beat the blitz for the key 41-yard gainer to Danny Amendola. But the Bills knocked Brady down 15 times, including one sack. As usual against the Bills, it was all on Brady’s shoulders. Only this time it was harder for him because he didn’t have injured receiver Julian Edelman. New England passed 40 times and rushed 22. In the first meeting they passed 59 times and ran 15.'
Fourth-down analysis: Patriots 20, Bills 13 [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That moment came for Ryan on a fourth-and-2 play from the Bills’ 47-yard line with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, with his team trailing, 20-10 to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Ryan elected to punt.'
Tyler Dunne’s Report Card: Patriots keep McCoy in check [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give Rex Ryan credit for his game plan. He had Brady frustrated in the first half. Cameras caught the quarterback shouting on the sideline and the third-down heat was making him uneasy. Players appear to be more comfortable in Ryan’s scheme. But that decision to punt on fourth and 2 at midfield in the fourth quarter? Odd.'
Blunders bury Bills in loss to Patriots [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This time there were two particular bungles in critical situations, both times the Patriots made Buffalo pay, and ultimately that was the difference in New England's 20-13 victory which stretched its season-long unbeaten streak to 10 games and dropped the Bills to 5-5.'
Oops, they did it again: Bills repeat mistakes [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's a feather in the Bills' cap to hold down the NFL's highest-scoring offense, albeit one missing star receiver Julian Edelman. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught just two passes. The Patriots couldn't run the ball a lick. But New England showed it may also have one of the better defenses in the league this year, and it showed in the second half when Buffalo's offense could manage just a field goal in its final six possessions. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a chance to lead the Bills to the tying touchdown in the final 1:51. But with no timeouts and no energy on his throws due to a damaged shoulder, time ran out on the Bills in Foxborough, where their record at Gillette Stadium fell to 1-13. Ryan is 4-11 all-time against Brady and Bill Belichick.'
Bills fluster Brady but offense sputters [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was a point last year when the Bills season was in danger of blowing up and indeed, it blew up. Remember, the Bills were 5-3 at the midway point, but they faced two games in five days, the first against Kansas City, the second in Miami. The Bills lost them both, and it delivered a dagger deep into their playoff hopes. Well, we have arrived at that point in the 2015 season.'
Report card [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As usual, the Bills just weren't good enough to beat the Patriots. It's an old and tired storyline, but there were obvious situations in this game where the outcome could have gone Buffalo's way, but it went New England's because the Patriots always find a way, and the Bills don't. Maddening, but painfully true, and it's not changing any time soon with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady still functioning at such a high level.'
Bills left feeling confused, 'cheated' by inadvertent whistle in loss to Patriots [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They cheated us," Bradham said. "They spotted the ball in the middle of the field and gave them all those yards and then blew the whistle. It's crazy, man. At least spot the ball where he caught it. That was just one of them things where they didn't give us no explanation. Fortunately we were able hold them to a field goal."'
Tyrod Taylor not up to challenge in Bills' loss to Patriots [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Give Ryan credit: His defensive game plan against Brady was solid. The Bills were in the game because of the pressure they were able to create against the best quarterback to ever play the game. Even so, Ryan's in-game clock management was questionable. The team had just one timeout late in the fourth quarter because a miscommunication caused Ryan to burn one. He also failed to go for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield when his team was down 10 with 10 minutes to play in the game. In close games, those small errors can make all the difference.'
Patriots QB Tom Brady uses 'Rex Ryan' as a pre-snap call against Bills [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On New England's first drive of the game, Brady stepped to the line and ESPN's cameras clearly picked up the audio of him shouting "Rex Ryan" as his pre-snap audible. The play was a run up the middle.'
Buffalo Bills Week 11 Report Card [1:41 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Ryan needs to be a little more liberal in those situations. You're playing the Patriots. They have Tom Brady. You don't. Keep the ball and try to get the two yards. It could make a huge difference.'
Patriots top Bills to remain undefeated [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But if you want to slay a giant, you can’t keep shooting yourself in the foot.'
Subdued Rex Ryan admits Patriots the better team [1:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“That’s an outstanding football team we played. They proved it again tonight,” said Ryan. “We just weren’t good enough. We’re not quite there. … It’s tough to match with them, personnel-wise. They did a great job. That’s a good football team. They deserved to win. We know right now we’ve got to find a way to get better – as players get better, as coaches get better. If we do, we’ll see if there’s a different outcome.”'
Once again, Rex Ryan on the wrong end in rivalry [1:38 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Ryan is svelte now. But he is still a glutton for punishment at the hands of the Patriots. A coaching masochist, Ryan is now 4-11 against Brady and Belichick.'
Rex’ hex not done yet [1:37 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'They are entertaining confrontations if you are two of three types of observers. They are fun if you have no dog in the hunt and they are fun, — but only once they’re finished — if you’re a Patriots fan. If you’re Rex Ryan, however, they are similar to a root canal. They’re not something you look forward to repeating.'
Rex Ryan impressed by Patriots defense [1:36 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's not back there with the Bruschis and all those guys," Ryan said. "They're playing the run extremely well and they're doing a great job in the back end. Usually it's a defense that really bends and doesn’t break. They're being much more aggressive this year."'
Ryan on Patriots: That's an outstanding football team [1:35 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'Unfortunately, the Bills were themselves.'
Bills Postgame Quotes 11/23 [1:34 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Obviously, we've got some huge challenges in front of us - we've got to play in another short week again on the road - which is two out of three games. The NFL [is" target="_blank"> not doing us any favors, but you know what, it is the way it is. We've got a lot of guys banged up. It was tough to match with them personnel-wise, but they did a great job. That's a good football team and they deserved to win and we know right now we just have got to find a way to get better - each man get better, each coach get better and when we do, we'll see if it's a different outcome.'
Patriots improve to 10-0, beat Bills 20-13 [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The game was filled with mistakes, penalties, injuries and turnovers — including two fumbles on a single punt, a rare missed field goal by New England's Stephen Gostkowski and an inadvertent whistle that led to one of many lengthy conferences among the officials.'
Bills waste chances, lose 20-13 to Patriots [1:32 AM]
AP reports: '"When we needed plays, we didn't make them," McCoy said after the Bills' 20-13 loss on Monday night. "Against that team, you don't get that many opportunities."'
Bills WR Easley leaves game for concussion test [1:31 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receiver Marcus Easley has left Monday night's game against the New England Patriots with a head injury.'
Patriots stay unbeaten, but injuries continue [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's very frustrating, just thinking we had chances to win," he said, adding, "but we'll get better."'
3 things we learned about the Bills [1:29 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Tyrod Taylor has guts. The kid had trouble throwing the long ball and even some short ones on Monday night. But he ran for his life under pressure and made some nifty plays out of nothing. He threw for 233 yards and was sacked twice. He needs more experience, but he can make some plays.'
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor injured in loss to Patriots, questionable for Sunday [1:28 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Taylor remained in the game but was seen frequently grabbing the inside of his shoulder pad. The team did not make Taylor available to reporters after the game.'
Ref's inadvertent whistle latest Monday Night Football controversy [1:27 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Steratore also ruled that a member of the Bills' sideline interfered with an official -- possibly coach Rex Ryan, who walked in front of Arthur -- and added 15 yards to the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.'
Patriots suffer more injuries, stay perfect [1:26 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills (5-5) played a very nice defensive game and put a ton of pressure on Brady, routinely hitting the Pats quarterback with big shots in the backfield (Jerry Hughes rocked him once like crazy). Brady hung in there and made as many plays as he could, but the Pats were stymied offensively for a large portion of the game. Still, there were chances for the Bills to steal this.'
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