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Immediate fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 13 Monday Night Football

Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) tries to move past Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde (23) on a run in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 14-10 on Monday Night Football to close out Week 13.

The weather was the highlight of the game, as the game was altered by extreme winds combined with snow. As a result, the Patriots only passed one time during the first 53 minutes of the game. The Patriots' Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson dominated the game, putting New England in scoring position often enough to win.


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Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Jakobi Meyers 27 3 0 0
Nelson Agholor 25 3 1 1
N'Keal Harry 25 0 0 0
Kendrick Bourne 15 2 0 1
Matthew Slater 2 0 0 0
TE
Jonnu Smith 39 2 1 1
Hunter Henry 15 0 0 0
HB
Rhamondre Stevenson 32 1 0 24
Damien Harris 13 0 0 11
Brandon Bolden 6 1 1 4
Total 51 3 3 46
Buffalo Bills Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Stefon Diggs 55 35 7 0
Emmanuel Sanders 46 31 6 0
Cole Beasley 40 31 2 0
Gabriel Davis 16 9 4 0
Jake Kumerow 1 1 0 0
TE
Dawson Knox 56 33 6 0
Tommy Sweeney 13 1 0 0
HB
Devin Singletary 28 12 0 10
Zack Moss 24 13 3 8
Matt Breida 7 4 1 1
Total 58 36 29 21

Monitor Damien Harris injury: Harris was the MVP of the first quarter with a 64-yard touchdown run, which made the difference for the game. Late in the first half, he took himself off the field with a hamstring injury. He attempted to play again in the second half but didn’t look good after another first down run. He didn’t come back in for the rest of the night.

If this injury is serious, Rhamondre Stevenson would be the primary runner for New England and a must-start.

The Bills' 3-man backfield: The Bills also attempted to establish the run, but couldn’t stick with it due to their lack of success. Devin Singletary led the team in both carries and routes run among running back but only averaged a little more than two yards per carry. Matt Breida, who was a star for the past month, only touched the ball twice. Zack Moss had been inactive recently but nearly matched Singletary's carry total. It’s possible to trust a Bills back in a good matchup if one of the three is inactive. If it’s a three-man backfield or against a good run defense, it’s a situation to avoid.

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Don’t overreact to the wide receivers or tight ends: No wide receiver or tight end had a good game outside of maybe Gabriel Davis, who scored a touchdown. This was entirely related to the weather. The Patriots' snap distribution looked especially odd because they were constantly in run situations. N’Keal Harry is their typical wide receiver in one wide receiver sets, which is why his snap count was so high. Similarly, Jonnu Smith has been used in run situations while Hunter Henry plays in passing situations, so Smith dominated in snaps for the first time in New England. This should all go back to normal when they aren’t playing in extreme weather.

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