Patriots announce inactives for Week 13 matchup with Bills

Patriots announce inactives for Week 13 matchup with Bills

LeSean McCoy carried twice for 8 yards, bringing his game total to 12 for 68.

The New England Patriots will be without a key contributor in its defensive line rotation for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, as defensive end Trey Flowers has been downgraded to out due to a rib injury.

New England failed to score a first half touchdown for the first time this season thanks to a passing game that hasn't fully hit its stride yet, as Tom Brady is only 8 for 14 for 96 yards. The Bills, second in the division came into this matchup with a record of (6-5) and their eyes on a potential playoff spot.

New England gained 212 yards in the first half, but could only manage three Stephen Gostkowski field goals (50, 31 and 39 yards) to build a 9-3 lead. His opening drive ended on downs at the Patriots 1 when his fade pass intended for Zay Jones was batted away by cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo's 2012 first-round draft pick.




After taking on sack on the first snap of the game, Taylor marched the Bills 66 yards and down to the five yard line, before throwing an interception to Patriots linebacker Eric Lee. Then they did the weirdest thing and benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor despite him playing well and the team winning. Webb would take a quarterback keep for a 22-yard run and narrowly missed connecting with Travaris Cadet for a touchdown pass. That was a game Jacoby Brissett started for the Patriots in place of Brady, who was serving the fourth and final game of his "Deflategate" suspension.

Burkhead's first touchdown capped a methodical 10-play, 70-yard drive.

Sunday will mark Brady's fifth December game in western NY, with the first coming in 2001 and proving to be one of the most memorable.

New England's 130 yards rushing in the first half were the most by the Patriots through two quarters since they had 141 in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on November 16, 2014.

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