FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) – Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes as the Buffalo Bills defeated the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday night for their first AFC East win of the season.
Devin Singletary had a 1-yard touchdown run to help the Bills (9-3) win their third consecutive game and take a half-game lead in the division over Miami. Buffalo had been 0-2 against divisional enemies.
Allen became the first player in NFL history with three seasons of 25 passing TDs and five rushing scores.
Including last season’s playoffs, the Bills have won their last three games against New England (6-6).
Allen went 22 of 33 for 223 yards, consistently buying time in the pocket and finding weak spots in the Patriots’ zone. The Bills struggled at times in the red zone, but went 3 for 3 on Thursday.
Despite playing without top pass rusher Von Miller, who suffered a knee injury in a Thanksgiving win over Detroit, Buffalo’s defense held the Patriots to three points in the last three quarters.
New England has lost twice in a row since posting its season-best three game win.
A week after putting in his most complete performance of the season, New England’s Mac Jones was confused and unsure for most of the night. He finished 22 of 36 for 195 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots were 3 of 12 in third and 0 for 1 in the red zone.
The Bills started the offense slowly, settling for a field goal on their first possession.
Trailing 7-3, Allen got to work on Buffalo’s next two chances.
He led his team 82 yards in nine plays, ending the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the first play of the second quarter.
After a Patriots punt, Allen capped a 14-play, 56 drive by dodging the Patriots’ pass rush and tiptoeing down the sideline before throwing across his body for an 8-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis .
The Patriots came in on their offensive line and got creative to get their first points of the night.
After going out three times on their opening drive, New England put in fast cornerback and return man Marcus Jones for his first offensive moment of the season.
He made the most of it, catching a fast screen from Jones, found a seam and sprinted through Buffalo’s secondary for a 48-yard touchdown.
That was about the only highlight for the Patriots.
They kicked on three consecutive possessions and then failed to get anything out of Allen’s fumble after Nick Folk hit the crossbar on a 48-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left in the half.
Both teams played with unavailable key players.
Miller was placed on injured reserve on Thursday and will miss at least four games. Dion Dawkins (ankle) also sat down and was replaced by David Quessenberry, who gave up a sack on Buffalo’s opening drive and seemed to aggravate his troubled knee.
Just before the break, Quessenberry was also responsible for Josh Uche going to Allen for a strip sack which was recovered by Matt Judon.
Patriots center David Andrews returned after his one game absence due to a thigh injury, but New England fell short by running back Damien Harris (thigh) along with tackles Isaiah Wynn (foot) and Yodny Cajuste (calf/back).
Recent addition to the practice squad, Conor McDermott stepped in to start with the right tackle. Trent Brown started at left tackle but had to deal with an illness.
Bills: Quessenberry left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury. TE Dawson Knox walked to the sidelines with a toe injury, but later returned. … CB Tre’Davious White left briefly in the second quarter with a stinger, but was cleared to return.
Diggs finished with seven catches for 92 yards, and his TD catch in the second quarter was his 10th receiving score of the season, tying the previous season’s career high.
He is the first player in team history to record multiple seasons with more than 10 TDs received.
Buffalo went 23 consecutive drives over two games without a punt against the Patriots before the streak ended with Sam Martin’s punt with 3:04 left in the second quarter.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin was ejected with 2:54 left in the game after being called for undue roughness for his hit on defenseless Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers in the end zone.
Bills: Hosts the New York Jets on Sunday, December 11.
Patriots: in Arizona on Monday, December 12.
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