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Bills 16, Patriots 0

Bills linebacker Zach Brown, front, forces a fumble by Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett in the first half.

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Bills linebacker Zach Brown, front, forces a fumble by Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett in the first half.

Bills blanket Brissett

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Buffalo was in a fighting mood even before facing the Patriots on Sunday. The Bills stayed salty throughout the game, especially the defense.

The Bills took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0.

It was the first loss of the season for New England, in its final game before Brady returns from his four-game Deflategate suspension. The Patriots, moved into Gillette Stadium in 2002. The Bills hadn't shut out the Patriots since a 31-0 win on opening week in 2003 in Buffalo.

Tyrod Taylor hit running back LeSean McCoy for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and Dan Carpenter added three field goals for Buffalo, which won in Foxborough for just the second time in its past 16 visits.

Buffalo sacked rookie Jacoby Brissett three times. The third-round pick out of N.C. State via UF made his second consecutive start in place of Jimmy Garoppolo (sore right shoulder) and was part of a pregame scuffle (see Talking Points).

"Nothing was good enough," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "At any position, at any phase of the game. It just wasn't good enough."

Bills safety Aaron Williams said the win was still satisfying, even with Brady out.

"We're probably going to hear the excuses that (Brissett) was a third-string quarterback. Garoppolo was out and Tom didn't (play) … It's a game, man. They get paid just like we do."



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