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Bills are completely different team from last meeting, and Bill Belichick knows it

Ryan Hannable
December 19, 2018 - 4:00 pm

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots played the Bills in Week 8, things were not going well.

Rookie Josh Allen was out with an elbow injury and the offense was struggling mightily, scoring less than 10 points in three straight games with the Patriots' game (a 25-6 loss) being the second of the three.

Two months later, Allen is back and the Bills are a totally different team, winners of three of their last five.

"The quarterback is a big difference," Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "That’s a big difference right there. But the receivers, no [Kelvin] Benjamin. Foster has emerged. They’re much different. The other guys have continued to play well – Zay Jones, [Isaiah] McKenzie, Clay, Ivory, McCoy. [Jason] Croom’s come along. The tight ends have made some plays for them so he seems to get more involved. But again, they’re a game-plan team. They do things differently from week to week, but they’ve gotten production from a lot of different players."

Belichick noted the Patriots need to be aware of Allen's ability to make plays with his legs.

"I’d say most of Allen’s long runs have been off scrambles," he said. "He’s got some designed plays, quarterback draws and keeps and things like that. I’d say most of the big runs have come – the 30, 40-yarders – have come off scrambles."

Normally, following a two-game losing streak the Bills would be a good team to play, but maybe not now considering the Patriots' run defense struggles. Buffalo has ran for 870 yards the last five games, the second-most in the NFL over that span.

If one thing is for sure, the Patriots cannot take the Bills for granted. They are not the same team.   

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