Patriots announce inactives for Week 13 matchup with Bills


The Minnesota Vikings also claimed their eighth win in a row, with Case Keenum throwing two touchdown passes in their 14-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Arguably the only thing overshadowing the Bills lack of offense was the absence of quarterback Tyrod Taylor who went down with injury.

The Buffalo Bills gave their flagging playoff hopes a huge boost with a major upset on the road against a division leader and will try to do the same against one of their oldest rivals and a bitter nemesis. If Sunday was supposed to be a measuring stick game for McDermott's Bills, they fell well short of where they needed to be. Like the Patriots, the Bills would settle for a field goal of their own, this from 49-yards out from Stephen Hauschka making it a 6-3 game.

Brady and McDaniels have been together for 14 years with the Patriots. Forced once more to settle for a 31-yard field goal to make it 6-0 in the Patriots favor midway through the second quarter.

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That consistency will certainly be tested by New England's Tom Brady, who is not only second in the league in touchdown passes with 26, but has helped the Patriots log 10 touchdowns on their last 11 red zone drives.

Stephen Gostkowski is a ideal 3 for 3 on field goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards in the windy conditions in western NY. Going 70-yards in 10 plays the Patriots were able to extend their lead thanks to a Rex Bulkhead 1-yard touchdown run. After taking several snap in the Wild Cat formation, Joe Webb fired over the middle to a wide open Travaris Cadet, but the pass fell incomplete.

New England's nine points in the first half were the team's fewest in an opening half since a 16-0 loss to Buffalo on October 2, 2016.

Worst call: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was flagged for an offensive pass interference to start the third quarter when there really wasn't much contact on either side. Lawson was carted to the locker room in the third quarter with a knee injury. The Bills fall to (6-6) and will play the Colts in Buffalo next week.