All ready in need of help in an effort to snap a 17-year postseason drought, the Bills (6-6) couldn't help themselves in a 23-3 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Brady and McDaniels have worked together for more than a decade, including five seasons before the coordinator became the Denver Broncos' head coach in 2009 and more than five seasons afterward.
Tom Brady went 21 of 30 for 258 yards and an interception, while improving to 27-3 over Buffalo and breaking Brett Favre's National Football League record for most wins by a quarterback against any one opponent. Sparked by Eric Lee's interception to thwart the Bills' impressive opening drive in the end zone, the unit held quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy in check to continue its impressive momentum.
It came after the first drive of the game had stalled when Brady didn't spot wide-open Brandin Cooks and instead fired an incomplete pass in the other direction.
Stephen Gostkowski is a ideal 3 for 3 on field goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards in the windy conditions in western NY. Lawson was carted to the locker room in the third quarter with a knee injury. Five interceptions from rookie Nathan Peterman led to Taylor's return, and he will again take the field as they look to upset the Patriots. Dion Lewis had 92 yards rushing and Burkhead had 78.
Webb had three rushes for 27 yards, including a 22-yarder up the middle to open Buffalo's fourth possession. Defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington each sacked Brady in the red zone to force field goals. A 50-yard Stephen Gostkowski would make it 3-0 New England going into the second quarter.
NOTES: Patriots C David Andrews returned to action after missing two games due to illness. The Patriots signed Lee from the Bills' practice squad on November 21. The Bills drafted Gilmore with the 10th overall pick in 2012.