Three words from the Christmas classic song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” perfectly describe the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 home finale against the New England Patriots: Stink. Stank. Stunk.
Buffalo drew first blood on Sunday afternoon with a little less than five minutes into the game, with a Rian Lindell 26-yard field goal. That was the first and final time the Bills put points on the board. The Patriots preceded to score 34 unanswered points, totally overmatching, outmuscling and outdoing the Bills in every category possible.
It didn’t help that the Bills turned the ball over seven times: five by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and two by RB C.J. Spiller. Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and both he and Spiller lost two fumbles each. The seven turnovers led to 21 New England points.
The Patriots shredded Buffalo’s league-worst run defense, racking up 220 total rushing yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 104 yards on 19 carries and Danny Woodhead rushed for 93 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. On the day, Woodhead averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t have a sexy day stat-wise (15 of 27 for 140 yards), but still managed to throw three touchdown passes, two going to rookie TE Rob Gronkowski and the other to TE Alge Crumpler.
As far as the Bills go, well, there wasn’t much to enjoy in this one, other than the fact that WR Steve Johnson went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the season. Johnson finished the day with 58 yards receiving. Local product WR Naaman Roosevelt was the Bills’ leading receiver, catching four passes for 74 yards. Running back Fred Jackson led the Bills in rushing with 81 yards, but over half of his total came on the Bills’ opening drive. Jackson rushed five times for 50 yards on Buffalo’s opening scoring drive, however, he would only have eight carries for 31 yards the rest of the game.
So it’s safe to say that we can chalk this one up to yet another Patriot pasting of the Bills. New England has now beaten Buffalo 15 consecutive times and won 20 of the past 21 meetings with the Bills. Clearly, the Bills nearly undid all of their progress following a horrific 0-8 start with this brutal loss at the hands of New England. Once again, the Patriots were the school yard bullies and the Bills gave up their milk money rather easily. New England remains the class and the measuring stick in the AFC East and the league. Buffalo, despite winners of four of their last six, remains in chase mode when it comes to New England.
For what was supposed to be a statement game to see just how far the Bills have come this year and where they’re headed, the sure made a statement alright: they’re still no where close to the upper echelon occupied by New England.