Bills-Patriots Open Discussion
NFL Week 13 - The New England Patriots (6-5) host the Buffalo Bills (8-3) in a key divisional matchup on Thursday night in a rematch of a blowout from last season's playoffs. Use this thread to discuss the game. You can also join Football Outsiders writers and readers on the official Football Outsiders Discord server.
19 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2022, 12:58pm
#7 by Spanosian Magn… // Dec 01, 2022 - 11:16pm
Speaking as someone who thought he was a dark horse MVP candidate coming into the year: no.
I'm inclined to give him one more year with a non-Patricia OC (or "senior offensive football advisor" or whatever the hell he's called), because he's clearly regressed under his "tutelage". I think he might also be injured. But if CJ Stroud or someone should slide to them in the draft, I think they'd have to seriously consider it.
#4 by Spanosian Magn… // Dec 01, 2022 - 11:06pm
The Pats managed to not block either defensive end on 2nd and goal. Call me crazy, but IMO hiring a DC-turned-hilarious-failure-of-a-head-coach to oversee the offensive line wasn't too great of an idea.
#13 by RickD // Dec 02, 2022 - 9:32am
There's a lot of blame to be spread around. The O-line is in shambles. RT Wynn is out, as is top backup Cajuste. Trent Brown is fighting an illness - he played in spite of it but was terrible.
The Bills didn't need Von Miller to collapse what was left there.
The line isn't going to be fixed in December.
MattyP is guilty of a lot of things (unimaginative play calling, lack of focus by the people he coaches, etc.) but injuries and illness also played a role.
#12 by Mike B. In Va // Dec 02, 2022 - 8:40am
People going berserk over Darth Hoodie not using his timeouts at the end of the game. Does anyone seriously doubt Buffalo could've just decided not to kneel out and grind away the last two minutes instead?