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

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.