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NFL Week 13 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 24, New England Patriots 10

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) makes a catch for a touchdown in front of New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones (31) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills walked into Gillette Stadium and dominated the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday night. The Bills controlled the action throughout, dominating in terms of time of possession and total yardage.

The Bills' victory moves them to 9-3 and puts pressure on the Miami Dolphins in the race for the AFC East crown. The Patriots' loss may put them at 6-6, but they are still going to be right in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.

Offensive spotlight: Bills WR Stefon Diggs continued to prove why he is one the NFL's premier weapons, as he finished with seven receptions (three of which went for 15-plus-yards) from nine targets for 92 yards, a touchdown, six first downs (not including the touchdown) and a team-high 2.88 yards per route run. He may have dropped a pass, but he caught two of his three contested-catch opportunities in addition to forcing a missed tackle after the catch.

Defensive spotlight: Even in a losing effort, Patriots EDGE Josh Uche was Thursday night's standout defender, as he totaled seven pressures —two of which were sacks —en route to a fantastic 43.8% pass-rush win rate and 90.0-plus pass-rushing grade on first review. Additionally, Uche contributed three tackles and two stops on the evening.

Rookie spotlight: After proving to be an effective special teamer and reserve cornerback, Patriots rookie defensive back Marcus Jones proved that he can also contribute on offense, as he took a quick bubble screen to the house for a 48-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

On defense, Jones was targeted once but allowed zero completions while on special teams, he finished with a tackle and totaled 60 yards from three kick returns.

Offensive line spotlight: Outside of tackle David Quessenberry‘s struggling while playing through injury, the Bills offensive line pass protected quite well Thursday evening. In total, Buffalo's offensive line allowed six total pressures and two sacks; however, Quessenberry accounted for both sacks and four of the pressures.

Bills center Mitch Morse was particularly impressive, as he didn't lose a single snap in pass protection all evening— the only Buffalo offensive lineman to accomplish that feat Thursday.

Box Score

Passing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Josh Allen 17.92 22 / 33 223 6.8 2 0
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Mac Jones 12.5 22 / 36 195 5.4 1 0
Rushing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Josh Allen 17.92 8 20 2.5 0 8
James Cook 16.5 14 64 4.6 0 28
Devin Singletary 11.1 13 51 3.9 1 11
Nyheim Hines 2.8 2 -3 -1.5 0 0
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Rhamondre Stevenson 13.8 10 54 5.4 0 16
Mac Jones 12.5 3 7 2.3 0 5
Kevin Harris -0.1 1 -1 -1 0 -1
Receiving
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Stefon Diggs 22.2 9 7 92 13.1 1
James Cook 16.5 6 6 41 6.8 0
Devin Singletary 11.1 2 0 0 0 0
Gabe Davis 9.5 7 2 15 7.5 1
Isaiah McKenzie 9.4 5 5 44 8.8 0
Nyheim Hines 2.8 2 1 21 21 0
Khalil Shakir 2 1 1 10 10 0
Dawson Knox 0 1 0 0 0 0
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Rhamondre Stevenson 13.8 8 6 24 4 0
Marcus Jones 13.1 2 2 51 25.5 1
Jakobi Meyers 5.2 5 3 22 7.3 0
Tyquan Thornton 5.1 3 2 31 15.5 0
Nelson Agholor 3.7 2 2 17 8.5 0
DeVante Parker 3.6 5 2 16 8 0
Hunter Henry 3.3 5 2 13 6.5 0
Jonnu Smith 2.6 2 2 6 3 0
Kendrick Bourne 2.5 2 1 15 15 0

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