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Balanced Bills beat Patriots soundly 24-10 in Foxborough | Recap, highlights and stats to know

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There must be something the Buffalo Bills have relished about playing the Patriots in recent seasons. On Thursday night in Foxborough, the Bills rode a balanced and ball-controlled attack to slowly but surely run away from their AFC East rival, beating New England 24-10.

It's Buffalo's third victory in a row this season and their third-straight over the Patriots (playoffs included); the Bills have also now won five of the last six meetings against New England and improve to 9-3 on the year.

After trailing 7-3 early in the game, the Bills outscored the Pats 21-3 the rest of the way. Josh Allen threw two TDs in the second quarter: one to WR Stefon Diggs and another to WR Gabe Davis on a play where Allen miraculously kept the play alive along the sideline before finding Davis in the back of the end zone.

In the third quarter up 17-7, Allen and the Bills marched on a 15-play, 94-yard drive that took 8:55 off the clock and ended in a 1-yard TD run by Devin Singletary in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. The Bills led 24-7 at that point and the Patriots only managed a field goal the rest of the way.

Josh Allen threw for 233 yards and two TDs, his 8th game with 2 or more TD passes this season, and Stefon Diggs found the end zone for a third-straight game on 7 catches for 92 yards.

But it was the Buffalo run game and defense which had a standout performance.

Rookie RB James Cook saw the most usage he has all season, turning a career-high 14 carries into 64 yards. Cook went over 100 scrimmage yards as he also had 6 catches for 41 yards. RB Devin Singletary added 51 yards on 13 carries and a TD.

Meanwhile, after surrendering a touchdown on the second drive of the game, the Buffalo defense locked down and forced the Patriots to punt on five of their next six possessions. The 10 points allowed is the Bills' fewest in a game since Week 4 (3 points allowed vs. Pittsburgh) and their third-fewest in any game this season.

New England was limited to 242 total yards and 4.7 yards per play.

The Bills (9-3) have extra rest next week as they prepare to host the New York Jets (7-4) on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

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STATS TO KNOW

  • The Bills improved to 5-0 in Thursday games with Josh Allen as the team's QB.
  • In those games, Allen has a 72.2% completion percentage (114-of-158), 1,263 yards, 12 TDs, a 107.6 passer rating and 3 rushing TDs.
  • Allen is the first player in NFL history with three seasons of 25 Pass TD and 5 Rush TD.
  • The Bills recorded their fifth 90+ yard TD drive of the season, marking the most since the team had five 90+ yard TD drives in 1991.
  • WR Stefon Diggs is the first player in team history to record multiple seasons with 10+ receiving TDs.
  • RB James Cook had a career-high 105 scrimmage yards.
  • The Bills have rushed for over 100 yards in 17 straight games, second longest streak in team history.
  • DE A.J. Epenesa is up to 4.5 sacks on the season, a career-high for him.
  • With 4,930 yards of total offense, Buffalo set a new club record for most yards in the team's first 12 games (4,859 in 1991).
  • The Buffalo defense used zone coverage on a season-high 92% of dropbacks.
  • Josh Allen was 0.3 yards from the sideline on his 8-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis, the 2nd-closest to the sideline on a completion in the Next Gen Stats era.

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