Patriots: 3 things we learned in a 23-21 win over the Bills in Week 1

Danny Amendola battled through injury to help the Patriots beat the Bills, 23-21, Sunday in Orchard Park, NY. Credit: Getty Images
Danny Amendola battled through injury to help the Patriots beat the Bills, 23-21, Sunday in Orchard Park, NY. Credit: Getty Images

Let’s get one thing out of the way: the Patriots had no business winning on Sunday.

New England spent the first three-plus quarters doing just about everything in their power to ensure they would drop their Week 1 game to the Bills. But the Bills are the Bills for a reason, and in the end, they found a way to hand the Patriots the win.

Trailing 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter, the Patriots kicked two field goals, including one with nine seconds remaining to escape Buffalo with a 23-21 win.

Here are three important things to take from the win:

1. Turnovers kill: Stevan Ridley entered the season as the clear cut No. 1 back on the Patriots roster, and he was due a heavy workload in order to compensate for the inexperience of the Patriots’ receiving corps. So how did Ridley respond? He coughed up the ball on the team’s first possession, but was ruled down by contact. He wouldn’t be saved the next time around though. In the second quarter, the Bills recovered a Ridley fumble and returned it 74 yards for their first touchdown of the game. That would end Ridley’s day early, as Shane Vereen took over from there and finished with 101 yards on 14 carries and 58 yards on seven receptions. Tom Brady’s pass to Zach Sudfeld was bobbled and picked off late in the second quarter, which led to a Bills TD, and  later, Brady fumbled the snap on a fourth-and-goal line situation. Not pretty.

2. Amendola disappears, then shows up: There’s one gigantic knock on Danny Amendola, and that is he simply can’t stay on the field. Well, the Amendola backers had to eat crow for at least a little bit on Sunday, as No. 80 left the game after he appeared to reaggravate his groin injury. But they – and he – would find redemption. Amendola reentered to the game in the second half, and was an integral part of the team’s game-winning drive. He finished with a game-high 10 receptions for 104 yards.

3. Don’t forget the defense: Seven of the Bills’ 21 points came with the Pats defense on the sidelines. Seven other points came after a Brady interception put the Bills in great field position. The two touchdowns given up by the Pats defense proved that they’re still a work in progress. Kyle Arrington was one player who stood out for New England, however, as he caused two fumbles and displayed great tackling.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…