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Josh Allen throws for two touchdowns, Bills beat Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Josh Allen threw two landing passes and the Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday evening for their first AFC East victory of the season.

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Devin Singletary had a 1-yard landing run to assist the Bills (9-3) win their third straight and take a half-game lead within the division over Miami. Buffalo had been 0-2 towards division foes.

Allen turned the primary participant in NFL historical past with three seasons of 25 passing TDs and 5 dashing scores.

Together with the playoffs final season, the Bills have received their final three conferences with New England (6-6).

Allen went 22 of 33 for 223 yards, persistently shopping for time within the pocket and discovering tender spots within the Patriots’ zone. The Bills have struggled at occasions within the pink zone, however went 3 for 3 on Thursday.

Regardless of taking part in with out prime move rusher Von Miller, who suffered a knee harm in a Thanksgiving win over Detroit, Buffalo’s protection held the Patriots to a few factors over the ultimate three quarters.

New England has misplaced two straight since posting a season-best, three-game win streak.

Per week after placing collectively his most full effort of the season, New England’s Mac Jones was flustered and uncertain for a lot of the evening. He completed 22 of 36 for 195 yards and a landing. The Patriots have been 3 of 12 on third down and 0 for 1 within the pink zone.

The Bills began slowly on offense, settling for a area objective on their first possession.

Trailing 7-3, Allen went to work throughout Buffalo’s subsequent two alternatives.

He led his group 82 yards in 9 performs, ending the drive with an 8-yard landing move to Stefon Diggs on the primary play of the second quarter.

Following a Patriots punt, Allen capped a 14-play, 56-drive by eluding the Patriots’ move rush and tiptoeing alongside the sideline earlier than throwing throughout his physique for an 8-yard TD move to Gabe Davis.

The Patriots got here in banged up on their offensive line and acquired inventive to get their first factors of the evening.

After going three-and-out on their opening drive, New England inserted speedy cornerback and return man Marcus Jones for his first offensive snap of the season.

He made essentially the most of it, catching a fast display screen from Jones, discovering a seam and sprinting by Buffalo’s secondary for a 48-yard landing.

That was about the one spotlight for the Patriots.

They punted on three straight possessions, then did not get something out of Allen’s fumble after Nick People hit the crossbar on a 48-yard area objective try with 10 seconds left within the half.


Each groups performed with key contributors unavailable.

Miller was positioned on injured reserve Thursday and can miss at the least 4 video games. Beginning left sort out Dion Dawkins (ankle) additionally sat and was changed by David Quessenberry, who gave up a sack on Buffalo’s opening drive and appeared to worsen his troublesome knee.

Simply earlier than halftime, Quessenberry was additionally accountable for letting Josh Uche get to Allen for a strip-sack that was recovered by Matt Judon.

Patriots middle David Andrews returned after his one-game absence resulting from a thigh harm, however New England was lacking beginning working again Damien Harris (thigh) together with tackles Isaiah Wynn (foot) and Yodny Cajuste (calf/again).

Current follow squad addition Conor McDermott stepped in to begin at proper sort out. Trent Brown began at left sort out however was coping with an sickness.


Bills: Quessenberry left late within the third quarter with an ankle harm. TE Dawson Knox walked to the sideline with a toe harm however later returned. … CB Tre’Davious White left briefly within the second quarter with a stinger however was cleared to return.


Diggs completed with seven catches for 92 yards, and his second-quarter TD catch was his tenth receiving rating of the season, tying the profession excessive he set final season.

He’s the primary participant in group historical past to file a number of seasons with 10-plus receiving TDs.


Buffalo went 23 straight drives over greater than two video games with out punting towards the Patriots earlier than the streak ended with Sam Martin’s punt with 3:04 left within the second quarter.


Bills security Damar Hamlin was ejected with 2:54 left within the recreation after being referred to as for pointless roughness for his hit on defenseless Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers in the long run zone.


Bills: Host the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Patriots: At Arizona on Monday, Dec. 12.

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