The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills took part in one of the strangest games in recent memory on Monday night.
With winds gusting near 30 mph and players’ footing being compromised by the snow/sleet that fell both prior to and during the game, it was reminiscent of a high school game in which neither coach trusted his quarterback.
When the sleet settled, the Patriots rode their run game and defense to a 14-10 victory. With the win, they maintained the No. 1 seed in the AFC, which they claimed following Baltimore’s loss, and established a two-game advantage over Buffalo in the division with four games left on the docket.
The game probably didn’t live up to the hype thanks to the weather conditions, but it was still one for the history books. After all, there were some stats from the game that you really have to read out loud to believe.
Let’s highlight some of them, shall we?
3 unreal stats from Patriots-Bills MNF showdown
3. Josh Allen’s 4.8 yards per pass
To his credit, Josh Allen actually didn’t play poorly. He didn’t get any help from his receivers — Dawson Knox had at least three drops that we can recall — and his line committed a handful of penalties.
For the game, Allen finished 15-of-30 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Again, not bad given the conditions he had to overcome. However, a stat that caught our eye was that he averaged just 4.8 yards per pass attempt.
That’s yet another testament to New England’s defense, which made life difficult for Allen despite not generating a consistent pass rush. For context, they finished with just two sacks and five quarterback hits. Those numbers are a far cry from what we’ve come to expect from the Pats’ D this year.
Still, though, give Bill Belichick credit for rattling Allen’s cage with different looks and exotic blitzes, because the Pro Bowler was anything but confident when he dropped back to pass on Monday night, even when he had time to go through his progressions.