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Pats Vs. Bill.

1st Quarter.

By TOM

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It's Not Over Until It's Over, but it's over.

By TOM

The Bills start off the game using Gillislee's speed to cross over midfield. I warned everyone in my 7-Things that Gillislee was faster than Shady. Then they tried to run him up the middle again, and Hightower tackled through him so hard he knocked him straight back head over heels. Gillislee gave the loser sign to the Bills sideline, and came out of the game. 

The Pats got them in 3rd and 7. "We just went out there and played hard," Butler said. "Which we knew they were gonna: play hard, start fast, get some three and outs, get the ball to the offense, so they can score, and that's exactly what they did." But the Bills tricked the Pats with an end around.

Then the Pats D-line destroyed the pass play. "We played well, but it's always a work in progress," McCourty said. "Obviously we don't want to get penalties. Its definitely always tough playing against a guy like Tyrod Taylor too. Where plays are going to extend. Their guys are going to have a chance to get open. Definitely played well, but there is always room for improvement." Taylor somehow escaped all the rushers, and flicked it over the top to the big FB no one ever heard of, to make it an impossible 1st and goal from the 6. 

The Bills lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 3-4. The linebackers had a lot more coverage responsibilities in this game. "That's something that we have to do, players on the field, just being able to play with the hand that we're dealt," Hightower said. "So regardless of what the situation is whether we're rushing three or six, seven or four, we have got to get pressure and get off the field. We let Matty P and Bill take care of the X's and O's, and we'll take care of what's in between the lines." The Bills receivers are so unthreatening, with Watson and Shady out and Woods still not right, that there is no need for extra DBs.

Big Branch was lined up at 3-Tech. He charged up, and slapped the ORG hands right off of him. "We won matchups," McCourty said. "That's what it comes down to: winning matchups, pass rush, winning matchups, making it tough for the quarterback to just sit back there and find guys. It's something that we work on every week and we're going to continue to work on it and try to improve." Then he exploded forward like a tree struck by lightning. 

He dived at Taylor with his long arms reaching out like Groot. Taylor amazingly tiptoed through his arms like they were old school tires on the ground. Long attacked forward, and forced Taylor past the Twenty. But he just doesn't have to speed to stay with him anymore, just like me playing basketball.

But Hightower was watching the whole thing from his perch. "I think we definitely have our identity mapped out for us," Hightower said. "There's always room for improvement. But we're still learning, still working, definitely moving in the right direction as far as the time of the season works. This is the time you want to have that identity and be able to press forward. I think defensively we have that mindset. We have a few things that we have to pick up on and I think that'll make us a lot better." He was clearly looking to hurt a few Bills in this game. 

He said, "screw coverage!" He charged Taylor like a buffalo gone wild. Taylor flicked the ball at the pylon with his left hand, and… duh-duh-duh, Hightower slammed into him and knocked him 15 yards sideways off the field and into the bench. When Hightower came out of Alabama the one thing I said that was unique about him is that he hits QBs harder than anyone I had ever seen. That was clearly a case of that.

He started off the game hot, after being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week last week. "Definitely appreciate the recognition," Hightower said. "But I think we all know that one guy doesn't make the team, especially on defense. Definitely have a lot of help with those other 10, 11 guys that help. I was just the only one who was able to get singled out. But I appreciate it." He had the two biggest hits of the game in the first series, to really set the tone for the defense all game. 

2nd and Goal from the 6, because of the lefty flick. I was very impressed with Taylor on the last play. But then the Bills lined up in a 1-Wide College Option Shotgun, with three backs surrounding Taylor. The Pats matched up in a 4-3, with Hightower perched on the Goal line at the Mike. The Bills do nothing. They outsmarted themselves with their foolishness, and none of the three Backs knew who was suppose to get the hand off. So Taylor had to turn and run into the line. Branch and Sheard clogged up the middle, so Taylor had nowhere run to baby, nowhere to hide. Long rushed around the OLT, swooped inside, and took him down short of the Five.

3rd and Goal from the Five, the Bills line up in a 2-Wide Winged shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 3-4. Taylor had too much time as the Pats DBs had everyone covered. He finally had to take off, and Hightower was waiting. He was lined up as the Mike and angled outside and up field, just like he did when he devastated Taylor on the sideline. Taylor saw him and freaked out. He whipped a high hard one to Bush, who got one hand on it. But it was virtually uncatchable. The Bills kicked a field goal to take the lead.

The Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun looking for revenge as well. Brady has more time than he was comfortable with. He finally had to retreat and throw it away. 2nd and 10, the Pats lined up and the Bills tried to call time out as they had too many men on the field. 2nd and 5, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady threw in rhythm to Edelman outside for a 1st. The arch villain Blanton knocked him out of bound, and tried to convince someone, no one was really sure who, that the pass was incomplete.

1st and 10, the Pats lined up in a double stacked Singleback, and you can see the Blount force weapon coming. They ran a Dive. Big Darius burst up the gut and got him for a TFL.

2nd and 11, Pats in a Singleback. They run play action, and Brady hits Bennett in the Flat. "I think they do a pretty good job of disguising their pre-snap stuff, everything kind of looks the same," Brady said. "You have to figure it out once the ball is snapped and if you get a good match-up, you get a good match-up." He squeezed the ball as he was dragged out of bounds.

3rd an 6, Pats in 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady caught the snap looking at the safety, and lofted the ball over the rushing D-end to White. White scooted to the sideline for the First.

1st and 10 at the 45, The Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback with Gronk dancing around on the Blindside. Gronk ran an out and up. "You just build it up over the weeks, over the days," Gronk said. "It's been now a week or two or so since I've just been going full. So I can't really recall the day. I've just been building it up over the weeks. It went good. It was a very smooth process." Brady lofted a high floater to Gronk outside, but he was pushed out of bound by the DB, as he pulled it in with one hand.

The Pats lined up in a Singleback, Brady flipped the ball to Edelman on an end-around, but four Bills are in the backfield, and they are lucky he got to the LOS. 3rd and 10, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady has to step up into the pocket as Cannon washed a rusher past him. He threw in rhythm to Hogan on a deep out. 

Hogan caught it smoothly and is pushed out of bounds at the 29. "He's been very effective all year," Edelman said. "He's another guy that's a great teammate, he works his tail off. He works very hard. He brings a physical game, he's got good speed. He's a guy that, it's fun to go out and play with him. We've got a locker room full of those types of guys, you enjoy going out and putting on the helmet." He certainly made a big time play on 3rd down here.

1st and 10, the Pats lined up in a two Wide Weak shotgun. This really shows the unprecedented versatility they have with Gronk and Bennett. They only had three WRs on the active roster for this game. "Yeah, that's what makes this game so awesome, it's a team game," Gronk said about their versatility. "It's not about individuals at all and just dispersing the ball. Tom is doing such a great job. If you look at the stat sheet everyone probably had three, four, five catches, just six guys. It's just awesome. You don't know what you're going to get, you don't know who he's going to throw it to. And everyone is working hard. Everyone works hard to get open, and we all try to help each other out so, it's just a huge part of our game and it's definitely a huge part of our offense. Giving the ball to a lot of players helps out big time." They can line up in a 2-Wide Shotgun with Bennett and Gronk on the line, and run or pass.

It also showed the trouble the Bills were in. "That's what they do," McCourty said. "It's our job to keep getting them the ball. It seems like every year here, but it is not always promised you're going to have an offense like that that can put up points, move the ball, so defensively we just try to get them the ball back, get them good field position. Early in the game that's what we did, we were able to get off the field on third downs which helps get them right back on the field and when we do it they usually execute and get points on the board." The Bills were forced to line up in 1 and 2 Wide shotguns, because of a lack of WRs, and not because of the elite versatility of two great players.

They run the ball to Blount. He danced up to behind Andrews with no vacancy at the line. He ducked his head, and powered forward for an all you can eat yard. Blount has been great in the 1st Half of the season. He was just good enough in this game.

2nd and 9, the Pats lined up in another wacky 2-Wide shotgun, with Blount and Amendola in the backfield with Brady. They run a Draw. The O-line is good this time. Blount worked his way forward for a few, smashed into the back of Shaq, and bounced off him for four more.

The O-line really formed a nice pocket right up the middle for Blount to run into. "I think continuity helps on the offensive line," BB said. "Those five guys on every play have to block five people, so they all need to see those five people the same way, whatever it is, and be able to make the adjustments when they move, stunt, blitz, whatever, whatever their charge is. We have to be able to block the five guys we're responsible for.

"So working together on that, seeing it together, It's not just 'me blocking my man,' but in a lot of cases there's two or three people working together to block two or three other people that we have to collectively all see it the same way and that's what a good line does. So yeah, continuity definitely helps."

3rd and 3, the Pats lined up Empty. Brady hit Edelman on a short Option route. "Any time you get a road win against a division team it's a good win," Edelman said. "The last game was the last game. Every game is a new game. It's a different scenario and a new situation. We handled it well." He has been terrific working under the coverage this year.

1st and 10 from the 11, the Pats lined up in a Twin TE Singleback. Blount dashed up to the lined behind Gronk and Bennett. He lowered his head for four. The Pats rushed up to the line on 2nd and 6 from the 7 in a Double stacked Singleback. Only both stacks were outside the numbers. They ran a screen to Gronk, and it was disaster. Darby beat Hogan and dived on Gronk's leg, and held on. He made Gronk look like he was drowning, as four defenders surfed in to do him some serious damage. He was surged over by the wave of surfers.

3rd and 9, the Pats lined up Empty. The O-line washed all the rushers past Brady. He jogged forward able to see the entire field, and gave the receivers more time. "Danny is always around for big plays, important plays, and he's a great competitor," Brady said. "He gives everything he has for the team. He always knows when to make the right play, whether it's to kneel in the end zone or to run it back like he did, he made a great run and it really set us in great position." Amendola ran into the Endzone, and turned back to Brady.

When Brady took off, Amendola headed outside. Brady hit him for the TD. "We're happy," Amendola said. "We work hard and we want to put a good product on the field every Sunday, so it's not gonna change in the future. Just continue to prepare each week, one week at a time, one game at a time, and then go from there." Pats-7. Bills-3 Game. Set… Huh... too early?

Okay fine. Gostkowski calmly hit the Extra Point, and then pooch kicked off in the new normal way. The returner ran it out of the Endzone. Slater destroyed him at the 14. "It's tough, when you play a division opponent, especially year after year, they know your strengths, they know your weaknesses," Slater said. "There's not a whole lot of surprising. You're not going to surprise them with something you do or you're not going to drastically change what you do physically all of a sudden, so I think it really comes down to execution and knowing what you have to do and being able to try and go out there and execute it because these guys know our personnel. We know their personnel and it's going to be a hard football game." The Bills get called for Holding.

I'm pissed. Because now, I have to pay attention to Extra friggin' Points, and the Kick friggin' Offs. "Steve's one of the best kickers in the league," BB said. "You know we have a lot of confidence in him. When we need a kick, there's nobody better to send out there than him. Nobody better to send out there than Steve. " It makes me feel dirty.

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