Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 11/23/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Patriots 20, Bills 13
November 23, 2015
Wrapping up the Week 11 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had an AFC East battle between the Bills and Patriots. Buffalo was able to beat the Jets in their last appearance, while New England stayed perfect with a narrow win over the Giants in Week 11. This was another wild game between these two rivals, with plenty of odd plays and hard hits all evening.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this game so we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 12 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: It seems almost unthinkable for the Pats to start off slowly these days, but they did last night. Their only score came on a 35-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal, which were the only points of that period.
In the second, Dan Carpenter evened things up with a 52-yard field goal of his own. We were tied at three until James White scored the first touchdown of the game on a 20-yard reception from Tom Brady.
At halftime, the Patriots were up 10-3.
After the break, LeSean McCoy evened things up with a nice 27-yard TD run. Brady and the gang retook the lead on a White rush from six yards out. Gostkowski added another field goal from 35 yards to cap off the third-quarter scoring.
The only tally of the fourth came on a 33-yard Carpenter boot, and Buffalo wasn’t able to sustain a game-tying drive as time ran out.
The final score was 20-13 Patriots. They move to 10-0 on the season as they continue their quest for their second perfect regular season in nine years. Buffalo falls to 5-5, the same record as the Jets in the AFC East.
USA TODAY Sports
The Stars: White had a breakout game here, and he may step in as a key roleplayer for the team. He had two grabs for 32 yards, two rushes for 14 yards and two touchdowns. Danny Amendola didn’t get into the end zone, but came up with nine grabs for 117 yards.
On the other side, LeSean McCoy had 20 rushes for 82 yards and a score, along with six grabs for 41 yards.
The Goats: Both teams were pretty awful on third downs: Buffalo was just 3-of-15, while the Pats went 4-of-14.
There were plenty of mistakes and penalties here, including two fumbles on a single punt. The referees will also get a lot of grief in retrospect, as an inadvertent whistle nullified a New England score, and the game ended on an out-of-bounds play that should have stopped the clock.
Injuries: There were several notable injuries in this one. Taylor hurt his shoulder in the second half and was nearly replaced by E.J. Manuel.
Danny Amendola came out with a knee injury, just the latest in a long line of issues for him. Aaron Dobson also sustained an ankle injury.
Bills RG John Miller was carted off in the first half, also with an ankle injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 12, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, November 29. The Bills will head to KC to visit the Chiefs (1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Patriots will travel to Denver to see the Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” (8:30 PM ET on NBC).
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.