Patriots Lead Bills 9-3 at the Half

WATCH: Bill Belichick calls Rob Gronowski hit 'bulls***' to Bills coach Sean McDermott

The 59-yard drive lasted 6:21 before Gostkowski drilled his 50-yard kick, giving the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

Sean McDermott's gameplan clearly confused Brady in the first half, but the Bills' offense was unable to capitalize on the opportunity the defense presented.

The Hot Read was created to offer immediate reactions to events taking place in sports, but Sunday's game between the Bills and Patriots didn't exactly qualify as breaking news.

Setting up this year's Patriots-Bills matchup, Brady said on Westwood One, "They've got a lot on the line". Tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose late hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White with the game well in hand in the fourth quarter may net him a fine or suspension, caught nine passes for 147 yards. Days like Sunday will be critical at playoff time when New England needs to run the ball in specific situations. Defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington each sacked Brady in the red zone to force field goals. Once again, Lewis (15 carries for 92 yards) and Burkhead (12 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns) could not be stopped. Lee, who was signed off the Bills practice squad, made a key interception on the game's first drive and had 1.5 sacks on a day in which the Pats were without starter Trey Flowers due to a rib injury.

Still, it seemed a matter of time before Gronk, who had 28 yards receiving at halftime, asserted himself.

Unfortunately, Gronkowski's final line of nine catches for 147 yards may have been overshadowed by a freakish incident following Brady's interception. The NFL's top tight end was mostly held in check in the first half, but he later reminded everyone why he is the most hard matchup in football.

Where does Bill Belichick find these guys. He was benched after Buffalo managed 99 net yards and four first downs through 55 minutes in a 47-10 loss to New Orleans on November 12. He now leads the National Football League with 3,374 passing yards.

If there is one area where the Patriots have struggled all season, it is stopping the run. Give him credit on the play, but man, what a bad throw by Taylor.

New England enters Week 13 on a seven-game winning streak after a 2-2 start.

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