Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/1/12
When Josh McDaniels was the offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, if a play worked, he'd just run it again. In 2012, that philosophy still works.

From the start, the Patriots were committed to running the ball, but when Buffalo challenged them by going small to defend the pass, the Patriots turned it up a notch.

The combination of Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden gashed Buffalo's highly touted defensive line. The Bills' inability to stop the run led to Bolden gaining 137 yards rushing and Ridley 106, both combining for 3 touchdowns.

The Patriots offense ran the same three running plays as Buffalo refused to change their personnel to combat the run.

The absence of Logan Mankins due to an injury would have made it seem that the Patriots offensive line was in for a long day. Daniel Thomas filled in for Mankins and did a very good impression of the All Pro guard.

Nate Solder rebounded from struggling in previous weeks, teaming with Thomas on the left side to open gaping holes.

Tom Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, plus one rushing TD. The teams’ 580 yards was the fourth-most in team history.

The Patriots scored 35 points within a timeframe of 12:41 in building a 42-21 lead on Brandon Bolden's 7-yard run. Wes Welker had nine catches for 129 yards, and tight end Rob Gronkowski had five for 104 yards and a touchdown, as both players bounced back from first-half fumbles.

In the first half, Tom Brady made a concerted effort to get Brandon Lloyd involved, but rookie Steven Gilmore played tight coverage. This led to running the ball, then the snowball began forming. Lloyd did contribute in closing out the game on a fade into the end zone, making a diving catch for the final touchdown, sealing the game.

It was an encouraging sign to see the offensive line play 60 minutes of tough hard-nosed football. It was also a sight to watch the offense explode.
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