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

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Stud: James White

The final stud in the victory for the Patriots on Sunday afternoon as they recorded their fourth straight win to begin the 2019 campaign was New England running back James White. White, who returned back to the field this week after missing last weekend’s game due to being present for the birth of his child, didn’t do much on the ground for New England in the game but was active within the passing game through the air in the victory.

White managed to lead the Patriots in total receiving yards in the contest, finishing with a team-best 57 yards receiving on eight receptions and 10 overall targets. He also recorded a game-long catch of 26 yards out of the hands of quarterback Tom Brady.

It was good to see White back out on the field and within the flow of the Patriots offense on Sunday in Buffalo, but it will be important for him to get involved more in the running game as well moving forward.

Dud: Tom Brady

The final dud for New England during its Week 4 victory over Buffalo to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East was veteran quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who has been off to a really strong season in his 20th professional year in the league and with the Patriots, had an un-Brady like performance on the road on Sunday against the Bills.

While displaying their ability to air the ball out in each of their three wins to start the year and take a game over the air, New England’s passing game behind Brady took somewhat of a step back in Buffalo.

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Brady finished with 39 total passing attempts, converting on just 18 of those 39 attempts in the contest. With a total of 150 yards passing in the win, Brady was held without a touchdown pass while throwing one interception as well. Brady’s performance wasn’t terrible, but it was a step back in comparison to what we’ve seen out of the future Hall-of-Famer entering the weekend.