McCourty's pick-6 seals Patriots' win over Bills

Doug Mendoza
November 5, 2018

With the score finishing 25-6, did New England really need the former Cleveland wideout in the first quarter? He leads New England with 422 yards rushing, and his absence leaves the Patriots with two healthy running backs: James White and Kenjon Barner.

Patterson has had a minimal part of the passing game - he came into the night with just 11 catches for 114 yards, though two of those receptions were touchdowns - but on Monday he got a chance to run the ball. Tom Brady threw for 324 yards and cornerback Devin McCourty sealed the game with an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Kicker Stephen Hauschka accounted for all of Buffalo's points by hitting 51- and 47-yard field goals.

McCourty sealed the win with 5:54 remaining by intercepting Derek Anderson's pass over the middle intended for LeSean McCoy and taking it to the end zone. The 25-yard catch was negated when replays showed Croom never had possession.

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy had two sacks on the night, while teammate Adrian Clayborn added one. The defender who intercepts or recovers the ball runs out of the end zone, then fumbles back into it nearly immediately.

Yeah, they're in big trouble. "Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there, and just couldn't get it going enough". But we should enjoy every moment watching Brady, who at 41 is playing some of the best football of his career.

It is all about the quarterbacks for Sean McDermott's side, as Week One starter Nathan Peterman lasted 18 passes before he was yanked, rookie Josh Allen has been extremely inconsistent (as expected) and they chose to pick up Derek Anderson rather than go back to Peterman after Allen suffered an elbow injury.

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Anderson finished 22 of 39 for 290 yards and two interceptions.

McCoy was hurt when he landed on his head while being tackled along the sideline on Buffalo's second play from scrimmage in a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis last weekend.

So while the Bills signed Pryor as a wide receiver, it's not inconceivable that he could play some sort of emergency quarterback role. Jim Kelly had his No. 12 retired in 2001, and Smith's No. 78 was retired in 2016.

Tonight has been circled on the calendar for Buffalo Bills fans ever since the 2018 schedule was announced.

A person familiar with the meeting confirms to The Associated Press that free agent Terrelle Pryor visited with the receiver- and quarterback-needy Buffalo Bills. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Sony Michel (knee) were inactive. However, he apparently wasn't supposed to be playing until the second quarter due to tardiness. The Bills held their own against the Patriots in the first half. -Aaron Rodgers showdown, hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

And, oh yeah, the Chicago Bears, and Kahlil Mack, a one man defensive wrecking crew, are coming to New Era on Sunday at the end of a short week.

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