1. Frank Gore reflects on reaching 15,000 career rushing yards
Frank Gore needed 88 yards on Sunday to reach the 15,000 yard mark for his career. He finished with 109. Gore joined hall of fame running backs Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to reach the mark.
“Blessed you know, I’m blessed,” Gore said. “The hard work, loving the game and thanks to all the guys who helped me get it – my offensive linemen, my receivers, my coaches. Now I just want to keep playing ball.”
Gore didn’t understate how much it meant for him to be in the same group of Payton, Sanders and Smith.
“It’s big, especially coming out of college with injuries to two ACL’s and a lot of guys doubted me saying I wouldn’t be in the league for three years and I’m still going, having fun, still having success,” Gore said. “It’s a blessing to be mentioned with those guys, when I was coming up they made me want to be a running back.”
Gore is up to 273 rushing yards this season. That total marks the most every by a player 36 or older through four games in NFL history.
2. Standout stats from Sunday’s game
The Bills might have lost on Sunday 16-10 but there were plenty of positives going beyond the box score.
With 224 yards allowed, the Bills now have a 16-game streak allowing less than 400 yards of offense – the second longest active streak in the NFL. The Bills last gave up over 400 yards, one year ago today against the Packers. Sunday also marked the second time this season the Bills yielded less than 225 yards, the other time being Week 1.
Cole Beasley (24 receptions) and John Brown (23) are the first Bills duo with 20 or more receptions each through a season’s first four games since 2011 when Stevie Johnson and David Nelson did it. It is the fourth time in team history it has happened (1991, 2002, 2011, 2019).
Jerry Hughes played in his 100thregular season game as a Buffalo Bill, becoming the 70thplayer in team history to do so.
Dawson Knox’s 58 reception yards on Sunday and 67 last week marked the 16thtime a Bills tight end had 50 or more reception yards in consecutive games since Nick O’Leary in 2017.
3. Cole Beasley: We need to execute better
Buffalo finished Sunday’s game with more first downs, more yards and a greater time of possession but it still resulted in a Patriots win. Buffalo was able to move the ball on offense but multiple turnovers and ill-timed penalties proved were too much to overcome.
“We were moving the ball, that wasn’t the issue,” Cole Beasley said. “The penalties and the turnovers, if we fix that honestly we win the game. They did a good job of playing defense to force those turnovers, we got to be better. We got to take care of ourselves.”
The Bills were able to get the ball down to the two-yard line in the fourth quarter but weren’t able to get it done on fourth and goal. Beasley says the Bills didn’t execute well enough.
“Daboll did a good job calling plays and we just have to do a better job of taking care of what he gives us, we didn’t do it today. We had a lot of mistakes out there and we’re still in the game and still have the ball to go win it that’s a positive to take from it. When you have all that stuff that we did all game and you have a chance to win that’s all you can ask for.”