The Patriots passing offense was not great against the Bills. The Bills have been pretty good this season against the pass despite their roster teardown, and it showed against the Patriots.
Tom Brady did not receive as good of protection today as he has in recent weeks. Marcus Cannon was sidelined again, as was his fill-in, LaAdrian Waddle. Cameron Fleming filled in today and the line struggled as a whole.
Brady was sacked three times and hit five. He avoided any major hits, but if his awareness was not at an elite level Brady would have been crushed on a number of occasions. That is something that just cannot happen to a 40-year old quarterback.
For the game, Brady completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 258 yards and one interception. This was the first game since Week 1 that Brady didn’t throw a touchdown and only fourth interception. It was, however, the second consecutive game that he has thrown an interception.
Gronkowski was the only receiver to find any success. He was the recipient of over half of Brady’s yards, catching nine passes for 147 yards. Danny Amendola had the second most receiving yards with only 34.
Brady’s interception came on the play that Gronkowski delivered the cheap shot to White. That cheap shot will be arguably the biggest takeaway from this game as the Patriots could be without Gronkowski next week.