Bailey Zappe and Patriots offense continue to let down the defense vs. the Bills

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills / Rich Barnes/GettyImages

Maybe believing the Patriots could sweep the Bills this year, given how their season has gone, was overly optimistic. But they're not doing themselves any favors with how the offense has performed thus far against the Bills on Sunday.

The game started with an exciting 98-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jalen Reagor, a shocking development by special teams who have been historically bad this year. The defense followed it up by forcing Buffalo to punt. And how did the Patriots offense continue their hot start?

By Bailey Zappe throwing a tipped interception on his first pass of the game.

The turnover put the Bills on New England's 21-yard line, and although they were kept out of the end zone, they were able to get a field goal out of their excellent field position. A couple of drives later, Zappe threw another interception, giving the opponent prime position again.

Buffalo took over on the Patriots' 14-yard line and scored a touchdown in four plays. As if that wasn't bad enough, they made matters worse on the next drive with a fumble by Pharaoh Brown, giving the football back to the Bills on their side of the field. Fortunately, because of a stout defense, they weren't able to score a touchdown again. But the fact they scored all 13 points on turnovers is a horrific start to any game.

There's still plenty of time left in the game for the Patriots to turn things around, especially since Josh Allen has only completed two passes for five yards at the start of the second quarter.

The potential division-winning Bills aren't playing lights out like most thought they would be, so New England should take advantage of that and stop creating opportunities for them by literally handing them the football.

Update: Bailey Zappe throws a pick-six to Rasul Douglas to put the Bills up 20-7 at the start of the second quarter. This game could not have started much worse.

Update no. 2: Bailey Zappe just scored a rushing touchdown. What is this game?

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