Buffalo seized control of the AFC East thanks to a dominant effort Sunday
Statement made. The Buffalo Bills knew they needed a win Sunday in Foxborough over the New England Patriots to have a chance at claiming back-to-back AFC East titles, and thanks to an all-around dominant performance, the Bills are back in the driver’s seat thanks to a 33-21 triumph over the Patriots.
Today’s edition of the Bills daily links recaps the victory, which was buoyed by a career day from wideout Isaiah McKenzie, a surgical performance from Josh Allen, the hard running of Devin Singletary, the outstanding play of a depleted offensive line, and a defense that constantly made life difficult for Mac Jones.
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Report card, observations, reactions to Week 16 win
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie had himself a day to boost a Buffalo wide receiving corps that was playing without Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley. We assess McKenzie’s breakout game, hand out grades after Buffalo firmly cemented itself as the team to beat in the AFC East, analyze another phenomenal performance from Josh Allen, heap praise on the offensive line for putting together a fantastic effort, discuss the major defensive adjustments the Bills made, and give credit to head coach Sean McDermott for being quite aggressive with his play calling.
- Report Card: Bills dominate through the air – offensively and defensively – in decisive win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills report card: Josh Allen delivers masterpiece to torture Patriots – Democrat & Chronicle
- Q&A: Bills QB Josh Allen channeled his inner Tom Brady (only better) | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Razor sharp: Bills’ Josh Allen continues recent dominance over Patriots at Gillette Stadium – newyorkupstate.com
- Isaiah McKenzie, aggressive Bills offense take back 1st in AFC East in 33-21 win over Patriots (report card) – newyorkupstate.com
- Maiorana: McKenzie overcomes benching with career game to sink Patriots – Democrat & Chronicle
- Capaccio: Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Bills at Patriots – WGR 550
- Major defensive adjustments and Josh Allen’s MVP form: 7 observations from the Bills’ win over the Patriots – The Athletic (Subscription required).
- Devin Singletary sets tone early, Bills OL win key battle vs. Patriots DL (Encouraged/worried) – newyorkupstate.com
- Top 3 things we learned from Bills at Pats | Week 16 – BuffaloBills.com
- How the ‘next man up’ mentality helped the Bills defeat the Patriots – BuffaloBills.com
- NFL Week 16 grades: Bills get an ‘A’ for dominating win over Patriots, Chargers get an ‘F’ for ugly loss – CBSSports.com
Bills dominate Patriots to seize control of the AFC East
We relive the key plays that shaped Buffalo’s 33-21 win over New England, read about how the road to the AFC East title runs through Western New York, discuss how Buffalo’s aggressive and efficient offense accomplished something that had never before been done to a Bill Belichick-coached team, and more.
- Plays that shaped the game: Brian Daboll’s trust in Josh Allen pays off | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Jason Wolf: Bills take control of AFC East with season-defining victory at New England | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills re-gain division lead after downing Patriots – WGR 550
- Bills accomplish unprecedented feat vs. Bill Belichick – WGR 550
- Sean McDermott gets aggressive in Patriots rematch; Bills leave Bill Belichick with ‘not a lot to say’ – newyorkupstate.com
- Instant analysis: Bills defeat arch-nemesis Patriots – Democrat & Chronicle
- Bills vs. Patriots – Game Recap – December 26, 2021 – ESPN
Updated AFC playoff picture
The Bills are solidly entrenched as the AFC’s No. 4 seed following their convincing road win over New England.
- NFL playoff picture 2021 – Week 16 standings, bracket, clinching scenarios, division races and postseason outlook – ESPN.com
- NFL playoff picture Week 16 2021: Bills take control of AFC East – USA Today
Odds and ends
We learn that wide receiver Cole Beasley has amassed roughly $100,000 in fines over multiple COVID-19 protocol violations, see how Bills Mafia gave the team a warm welcome home after the win over the Patriots, find out which team is interested in speaking with Buffalo defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier about a head coaching vacancy, and more.
- Sources – Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley fined $100,000 for multiple COVID-19 protocol violations – ESPN.com
- Bills’ Cole Beasley reportedly fined about $100k for numerous Covid violations this year – newyorkupstate.com
- Bills fans welcome home AFC East leaders after Sunday’s win – WGR 550
- Bills Mafia greets team upon return from New England victory – BuffaloBills.com
- Bills fans greet team at airport following victory over Patriots – WKBW
- Jaguars want to speak with Bills’ Leslie Frazier for HC vacancy (report) – newyorkupstate.com
- Bills punter requests photo with Josh Allen after first punt-less game in the NFL | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
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