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Lots of long drives given up by Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2013 – 11:56 am

The Patriots have stayed successful this season as a team because their defense despite its many key losses to injury have remained a top 10 unit when it comes to points allowed (9th). However, they’re giving opponents ample opportunity to put the ball in the end zone.

New England stands 30th in the league in 10-play drives allowed. They’ve surrendered 30 10-play drives this season, which is five above the league average.

The Bills are coming off a win over Miami in which they had their longest drive of the season in terms of a plays, a 19-play 92-yard drive. They also had 94 and 80 yard drives the week before at Jacksonville that each covered nine plays.

Buffalo is no doubt hoping to have a similar play volume in today’s game knowing it means they’re not only controlling the pace of the game, but they’re also keeping the ball away from Tom Brady.


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