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Bill Belichick’s record against Bills: the Patriots coach owns Buffalo, but for how much longer?

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Bill Belichick’s record against Bills: the Patriots coach owns Buffalo, but for how much longer?

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Bill Belichick dominated many teams as head coach of the Patriots. Bills are no exception.

Since taking over New England in 2000, Belichick is 36-8 against Buffalo. That includes a 19-3 mark at Buffalo, which includes the Week 13 road win in the 2021 NFL regular season.

Belichick solved the mighty favored bills as a defensive coordinator working under Bill Parcells for the Giants in Super Bowl 25, foreshadowing the misery he would bring to the same team at a different title with a different team.

But then we remember that Tom Brady was quarterback for most of Belichick’s time in New England. Brady was 32-3 as a Patriot against the Bills and added another win as a Buccaneer in Week 14 of 2021. That’s Brady’s highest mark as a starter against any team.

Doing the math, that means Belichick is just 4-5 against the Bills without Brady. The recency bias of Belichick beating the Bills on a Monday night in December overlooks the fact that the Bills swept the series in 2020 and also came back to rip the New England Patriots, 33-21, three weeks later in the week 16.

Belichick may have had Bills’ number and put on a fantastic coaching performance in Week 13. Although Mac Jones had a great rookie season for him to bounce back from the Cam Newton-Brian Hoyer- Jarret Stidham post-Brady QB in 2021, the Bills now have the big advantage in the game’s most important position with Josh Allen.

As Brady took his final shots for the Patriots in 2019, Allen released his final bits as a young sophomore QB. His two-year run suggests he’s here to stay as the AFC’s elite passer and runner, in the next-gen company of Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. As good as Jones was right away, no one is fooled that he is still a transcendent young passer, but rather a strong, intelligent goalkeeper playing on a solid running game and defense.

As with other QBs finding their way early in their careers, Belichick blocked Allen early. But while the Dolphins (Tua Tagovailoa) and Jets (Zach Wilson) — like the Patriots — are still figuring out if they have their long-term answers, Allen is the new Brady, the division’s undisputed dominant QB. .

No one is taking back the GOAT coaching narrative around Belichick. He did well to beat seven teams with final loss records in 2021 as part of the 10-7 season, going from finishing 7-9 initially without Brady in 2020. But the Bills, even with a mid- season, have still won when needed in big spots to repeat as division champions, and should carry that favorite status for some time to come.

Part of the reason the defensive-minded Belichick owned the Bills for so long is the fact that they went through 18 starting quarterbacks in 20 seasons before solving the issue with Allen. It’s also the number for the Jets and Dolphins as they try to break out of the vicious cycle with Wilson and Tagovailoa.

The Bills are 3-1 against the Patriots in two seasons without Brady. So are the dolphins. Belichick still has the Jets under control in reconstruction, but that team has gone 6-27 since Brady left the division.

As with everything about the Patriots, there is a fine line between the 20 years of the Brady era and now. Contrary to some beliefs, the Bills with Allen and coach Sean McDermott have already turned the tide. The pressure is on Belichick to rewrite him soon, or face a similar new story against Buffalo unless Jones can emerge to be tied with Allen as the AFC passer.

Bill Belichick’s record against Bills: the Patriots coach owns Buffalo, but for how much longer?

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