New England Patriots Grades: Tom Brady Leads Dominating Offense

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Sep 20, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) tries to knock New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) off his pass route during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Here are this week’s New England Patriots game grades.

Passing Offense: A+

The Buffalo Bills came into Sunday’s game as one of the best defenses in the league, and they probably leave as one of the best in the league. However they were no match for Tom Brady and company, as they shredded the Bills from start to finish. Brady was absolutely masterful, completing 38 of 59 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns. He was getting rid of the ball quickly, as his offensive weapons were open all day long. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman were their usual dominant selves, but Dion Lewis and Aaron Dobson also played a huge role, which will be big in the coming months and the playoffs when opposing defenses crack down on Gronk and Edelman.

The offensive line however was the biggest positive in my mind. Yes, Brady was getting rid of the ball very fast, but against that defensive front (probably the best in football), protecting Brady even for 2-3 seconds is impressive, especially considering the interior was made up of three rookies for a good portion of the game. In addition to this, there was plenty of times in this game where Brady took longer to throw the ball, but he was still barely touched. This offensive line showed me something in this game, and with Bryan Stork and Ryan Wendell still waiting to come back, I believe this group is now a strength for the Pats.

Rushing Offense: B-

Like last week, the Pats didn’t even try to get the running game going in this one, and they were smart to do so. It is incredibly difficult to run into the teeth of that Bills defensive front, so why bother? New England ran the ball 15 times for 56 yards, compared to 59 passes for 451 yards. It is obvious where you can attack this defense, and on the ground is not one of them.

Dion Lewis did rip off some nice scampers, as he averaged nearly six yards a carry, and got in for a touchdown. The Pats found a special player in Lewis, and I think he will have a big year, as long as he can stop fumbling the damn football.

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