“We Just Weren’t Very Competitive in the Game”- Bill Belichick on New England Patriots Losing to Buffalo Bills

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December 30, 2020 2:58 pm

The Patriots and Bills rivalry is not something new, it has been going on for a decade or more. It is the long-running rivalry between these teams, the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.

For two decades the Bills have been at the receiving end of a lot of heat from the Pats. But last night the Bills put the Patriots on notice. The Bills, after a losing bender that lasted 2 decades, defeated the Patriots in a 38-9 blowout.

The game began with both teams exchanging their field goals and ending the first quarter at a tie with 3-3. In the second quarter, the Buffalos took a lead by scoring first with a 5-yard touchdown run by Zack Moss.

A comeback by Patriot’s quarterback Cam Newton scrambled for a 9 yards touchdown to get the score to 10-9. Little did he know that that was going to be it for him that night.

Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass against Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills destroyed the New England Patriots

Cam Newton got benched and replaced by Jarrett Stidham in the middle of the 3rd quarter. The Patriots replaced Newton as his passes were barely reaching the receivers.

Stidham entered the game with approximately 8 minutes to go in the third quarter trailing, 31-9. Stidham managed a 9 yards touchdown, which was the Patriot’s biggest highlight of the night. That night he completed  4 out of 11 passes for 44 yards.

“The game was over about 10, 15 minutes ago. We worked on this game, we played the game. Haven’t made any plans for next week, obviously. Game’s 15 minutes old,” said Belichick.

Dec 6, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) and quarterback Jarrett Stidham (4) celebrate after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The switch made by the Patriots mid-third-quarter was more of an opportunity for Stidham than a reaction to Newton’s performance on the field.

“We weren’t playing very well, and I felt like that was an opportunity to give him a chance to play. Cam did a good job for us, that wasn’t the problem. We just weren’t very competitive in the game,” said Belichick.

Now that the Patriots have lost their first season since 2000, the more pressing concern and attention will be towards the starter for the next season. Who will it be? Will it be Stidham or will it be Newton?

There is an even more pressing question that is whether either of them will be with the Patriots post Week 17 of 2020.

Milind Bage

Milind Bage is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports. He has participated at the state and national level across multiple sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with decent experience in the field of content writing, client servicing, marketing, and branding. His favorite quarterback is Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

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