Bills beat Patriots, strengthen AFC East lead
Tyler Bass kicked a 28-yard field goal with 4:06 left and the Buffalo Bills recovered a late fumble to beat New England 24-21, sending the Patriots to their fourth consecutive loss on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
New England (2-5) was driving for at least the potential tying score, but Cam Newton fumbled on second-and-10 from the Buffalo 19. The Bills’ Dean Marlowe recovered the ball at the 13 with 31 seconds left.
Zack Moss rushed for two touchdowns for Buffalo (6-2), which leads the AFC East and expanded its advantage on third-place New England. The Patriots’ skid is their longest since 2002. They are 2-5 for the first time since 2000, coach Bill Belichick’s first season in New England.
Buffalo snapped a seven-game losing streak to New England, which has won the AFC East in each of the past 11 seasons.
The Bills ran for 190 yards, led by Devin Singletary (14 carries, 86 yards) and Moss, who rushed 14 times for 81 yards. He scored on runs of 8 and 4 yards.
Josh Allen completed 11 of 18 passes for 154 yards with one interception for Buffalo. Newton was 15 of 25 for 174 yards.
Buffalo never trailed but had to respond after New England tied the game at 14 late in the third quarter and again at 21 when Newton finished a 72-yard drive with a 2-yard keeper around left end with 9:36 left in the game.
Buffalo came back with a 10-play, 63-yard drive that resulted in the field goal from Bass.
The Patriots were without leading receiver Julian Edelman (place on injured reserve Saturday because of a knee injury) and N’Keal Harry (concussion). Jakobi Meyers caught a team-high six passes for 58 yards.
Buffalo led 7-6 at halftime but squandered its chance for a bigger lead.
Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson, seeing a bigger workload because of the absence of Stephon Gilmore (knee), picked off an Allen pass at the New England 26 and returned it to the Buffalo 49 with 1:38 to go before halftime. Newton drove the Patriots to the 15, where Nick Folk kicked a 33-yard field goal on third-and-1 with eight seconds left to make the score 7-6.
Moss gave the Bills a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he broke through the left side of the line for an 8-yard score.
–Field Level Media