New England Patriots: Studs and duds vs. Bills in Week 16

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New England Patriots (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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Stud: Getting passing and running game going together

While claiming another AFC East title, its 11th in a row, New England had nice balance in the passing and running games to complete a comeback and take down Buffalo in Foxborough.

In the passing attack behind quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots finished with 271 yards through the air with one touchdown in the contest. On the ground in the running game, New England managed to finish with 143 yards rushing with one touchdown.

It was good to see New England put together a nice all-around and balanced performance over Buffalo on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

Dud: Pass defense

Another dud in the victory for the Patriots during the Week 16 contest at home against the Bills was the New England pass defense and its inability to limit Buffalo through the air in the matchup.

Mainly when it came to large chunk plays, the Patriots had somewhat of a tough time against the Bills during the game, although New England was able to do enough on its offensive side of the field to match it and ultimately come away with the win.

In the game, Buffalo finished with 208 yards in the passing game, recording two touchdowns through the air. Cole Beasley led the Bills receiving group, finishing with a team-best seven receptions on a game-high 108 receiving yards.