The Patriots game yesterday against the Buffalo Bills was uncomfortably close for some fans, especially with the Bills taking the lead entering the fourth quarter. Regardless of a valiant effort by rookie QB EJ Manuel and the Bills, Tom Brady and the Pats proved once again that they own the AFC East by pulling out a late surge to take the win. A gutsy performance by Danny Amendola and shining stat line by Shane Vereen were also key factors, as well as the defense stepping up when it was crunch time.
The question here, is whether the Bills and EJ Manuel could actually threaten to overtake the Patriots and the division. The easy answer would be 'no', but they did put in a serious fight under new head coach Doug Marrone. Will a great game between the Bills and Pats become a recurring theme? Tough to predict, but it is pretty likely. The major point I want to make however, is that the Bills typically put in their best effort against the Patriots, but it is the Pats who pull out the win, time and time again.
Buffalo is always the major underdog in this match-up, yet they always come out flying and give Pats fans a little scare before eventually blowing the game as Tom Brady shines. Remember now, Brady has only lost to the Bills twice in his entire career. The bottom line; the Bills will always treat their games against the Patriots as if it is their Super Bowl, while the Patriots approach every game the same way. Maybe the Bills could steal another game or two against the Pats in the years to come, as they keep coming real close. As long as Brady and Belichick are at the helm though, the AFC East is the Patriots' division to own.