Almost everyone knows what happened the last time the Patriots took the field against the Bills. But in case you need a refresher, the Patriots defense failed to get a single save, allowing 47 points on seven touchdowns in a blistering playoff loss.
It was a similar story for the Patriots defense in the previous game against the Bills. They didn’t force them to the punt (although they did get a pair of fourth down saves) in what ended up being a 33-21 loss near the end of the 2021 regular season.
Nearly a year later, the two AFC East rivals are finally set to face off on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has agreed that his team’s defense should take what happened to them in last year’s playoff game personally, although he thinks the defense could also be more motivated. by the display she had in the Thanksgiving defeat to the Vikings.
“I think you should [take it personally]”, said Mayo on Saturday. “Every game is its own game, let me start by saying that. At the same time, it wasn’t our best performance the last time we faced these guys.
“I’ll be honest with you, after a loss I think the guys are tuned in and ready to get back on the pitch and try to do a lot better than we did the last time we put the game on. foot on the ground. field.”
Josh Allen is obviously the guy who gets things done for Buffalo’s offense. In the playoff game against the Patriots last season, he threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns while adding an additional 66 yards rushing.
Looks like Allen is doing even more for the Bills offense this season. In the Bills’ Thanksgiving victory over the Lions, he rushed for 331 total yards (253 passes, 78 rushing) accounting for 82.6% of the team’s total yards.
Allen isn’t the only quarterback to have a solid performance on the field against the Patriots in recent memory. This season alone, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson rushed for 107 yards in addition to throwing four touchdowns and Chicago’s Justin Fields rushed for 82 against New England, with each quarterback leading their respective teams to victory.
Mayo, however, thinks Allen offers a different challenge than those two.
“He’s able to jam anywhere,” Mayso said. “He is able to force his way through the B gap and able to rush on the outside. I can also say that his height is a major difference from those other guys. Lamar is a very quick guy. Fields has maximum speed. I would say Allen has a combination of those things. Maybe he’s not as fast, but when you add 50 pounds he’s definitely hard to knock off.
“You mentioned it, his arm is amazing. He can throw the ball from anywhere. He can throw it and his feet don’t even need to be adjusted. He can throw the ball with his back foot while being precise. He’s definitely a very, very difficult player.
Getting revenge on Allen and the Bills certainly seems like enough to motivate the Patriots defense. But after their Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings, the Patriots 6-5 appear to be in as much of a scenario as a Dec. 1 game.
Mayo thinks all of those factors, plus the fact that the New England defense gave up 26 points and 358 yards just days ago, are enough to keep his guys moving forward.
“We have a group, a mature group, of guys on this team and on this defense who understand the sense of urgency,” Mayo said. “For us, every game is a playoff game. We have to go out there and play that way every week. So not a lot of posts from me in this regard. I think the players will handle that.
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