*This article is part of a weekly feature that will include a short recap, highlights and stats of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.
LAST TIME OUT
The New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills last met on Christmas Eve of 2017 en route to a 37-16 victory.
Rob Gronkowski got his 12th touchdown catch in 13 career games against his hometown team, who passed on him twice in the 2010 draft. Dion Lewis also had a strong day for the Patriots, scoring both a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown, on his way to his second-career 100-yard game (his 129 rushing yards was a career high).
With this victory, the Patriots set an NFL record of at least 12 wins in eight straight seasons. The team also earned their 25th series sweep after two wins over Buffalo last season.
Quarterback Tom Brady is 28-3 all-time against Buffalo. His 28 wins against the Bills are the most ever by a quarterback against a single team. Let’s hope he can continue this hot streak on Monday Night Football.
Tom Brady was 21-of-28 with 224 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Tyrod Taylor was 21-of-38 with 281 yards.
Dion Lewis posted a career high rushing day as he had 129 yards on 24 carries. Lewis had two scores, one through the air and one on the ground. Mike Gillislee picked up the other rushing touchdown.
LeSean McCoy led the way for Buffalo’s rushing efforts with 71 yards on 17 carries.
Rob Gronkowski was the Patriots’ receiving leader this game, catching five balls for 67 yards and one touchdown. Deonte Thompson led the way for Buffalo with four receptions for 91 yards.
Marquise Flowers was New England’s defensive leader with 10 total tackles including five solo and 2.5 sacks. Deatrich Wise Jr. added 1.5 sacks, while Malcom Brown and Malcolm Butler added one sack apiece – for a total of six times the Patriots defense got to the Bills quarterback.
For Buffalo’s defense, Preston Brown posted 15 total tackles, including 10 solo. Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes each got to Brady with a sack apiece.
The New England Patriots will travel to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills for a Monday Night Football matchup. Gametime is set for 8:15pm on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 from New Era Field.