New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 26: Levi Wallace #39 of the Buffalo Bills breaks up a pass intended for N'Keal Harry #1 of the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

The Patriots didn’t just lose their second straight game. They played sloppy, undisciplined football for the second straight week, too, and in the biggest game of the season against a good opponent. Not ideal!!!

Outside of a couple good fourth-quarter drives, the Patriots offense struggled to consistently move the ball in this game. Defensively, the Patriots made a couple of good plays early, but ultimately couldn’t get stops against Josh Allen when they really needed them. The Buffalo offense gets a big check mark against the Pats’ D in this one.

The Patriots also committed a number of inexcusable penalties, on both sides of the ball. You can blame what looked like a clueless officiating crew if you want, but if it were the Bills getting those flags, Pats fans would likely say they deserved it for being stupid. The Patriots absolutely need to be more disciplined than they’ve been the past two games, particularly on the lines.

Welp! With that, here’s a look at the “Ups” and “Downs” – that is, three up and five down – after the Patriots’ 33-21 loss to the Bills…

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Next Patriots Ups & Downs come after a Week 17 tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which now feels like a must-win game, certainly if the Patriots still want to win the AFC East.

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