New England Patriots: Studs and duds vs. Bills in Week 4

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Stud: Sony Michel

The first stud in the game for the New England Patriots in a low-scoring win over the Buffalo Bills in a divisional showdown on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo was Patriots running back Sony Michel. Michel, coming off of a tough performance in a Week 3 win last weekend for New England, had a nice bounce-back game on Sunday against Buffalo while leading the running back unit in the contest.

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Michel finished with a team-best 63 yards rushing on 17 total carries, recording a game-long rush of 15 yards. Although he didn’t manage to get into the end zone on the ground, it was good to see Michel getting more involved in the Patriots running game this week and getting back on track to help his team come away with another win.

Dud: Rest of the Patriots running game

The first letdown and dud in the contest for New England on Sunday afternoon was the rest of its running back group outside of leading-rusher Michel.

As mentioned above, Michel tallied a game-high 63 yards on the ground in the game, but that 63-yard total accounted for a majority of what the Patriots were able to accomplish on the ground in the game.

The rest of the running back group struggled in the victory outside of Michel, combining for just nine positive yards on six total carries. Overall, the Patriots finished with 74 yards rushing on 23 carries, but did manage to tally one rushing touchdown in the game.