Painful game this afternoon in Foxboro as the Patriots lost to Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills 16-0 and were shutout for the first time at Gillette Stadium and first time at home since 1993. There were very few highlights for a Patriots team that is now thanking their lucky stars that Tom Brady is returning under center next week.
Jimmy Garappolo was inactive with the shoulder injury and Jacoby Brissett looked like a rookie quarterback as he struggled making timely decisions in the pocket and consistently making errant throws. Brissett finished with 205 passing yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. Ball control was also an issue for Brissett as he had two fumbles.
Rob Gronkowski had his first reception of the season in the game and Martelleus Bennett sneakily finished with 109 receiving yards, but the Patriots’ play matched the gloomy weather in Foxboro.
It felt as though the Patriots gave up on the game in the first half and played with no emotion and no urgency in the second half. They looked like they were completely content with losing the game. It was a good day for the Ortiz retirement ceremony to be on TV.
Tyrod Taylor completed 27 of his 39 attempts and threw for a touchdown as he was undoubtedly the player of the game. Not much else to say about this game, but in general the first four games of the season were quite a roller coaster. It’ll be good to get Brady back next week and finally have a little stability at the quarterback position. Pray for the Browns.