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Ryan Fitzpatrick faced more pressure than Tom Brady did
The Bills spent a ton of money to acquire free-agent defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. They were supposed to be able to put pressure on Tom Brady and give the Bills a better chance to defeat New England.
So how did the first performance go? Not very well. The Bills were only able to sack Brady once and were credited with only three quarterback hits. The Patriots, meanwhile, had three sacks of Ryan Fitzpatrick and four quarterback hits.
Williams and Anderson were unable to get to Brady, and Williams seemed to lack the strength or endurance to finish off his rush. You will often see Kyle Williams, Marcel Dareus and Chris Kelsay hustling down the field to try to make a play, but I sure don't see that high energy effort from Williams.
It is disappointing to see that Super Mario's performance hasn't measured up to the money the Bills are paying him.
Another aspect of the Patriots; physical domination was the run game. They rushed 40 times for 247 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per rush. The Patriots were able to reel off large chunks of yardage against the Bills' front seven for the vast majority of the second half.
Meanwhile, the Bills' offensive line suffered injuries to Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik. But the Bills had trouble running the ball before those injuries. They were only able to gain 98 yards on 27 rushes, with some of that coming in garbage time.