During a game that was drastically impacted by gusting winds of up to 55 miles per hour, the Patriots proved to be the tougher team as they leaned almost exclusively on their rushing attack to take the narrow road victory.
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After the game, McDermott was asked about Belichick’s coaching decisions and how the legend’s approach affected the game, a concept he quickly shut down.
“Let’s not give more credit than we need to give Bill Belichick in this one,” McDermott said, courtesy of WKBW’s Matthew Bové.
This was a startling comment for so many reasons. It’s going to add some extra spice to the Week 16 rematch.
McDermott Also Took Shots at His Offensive Coordinator
McDermott was asked if offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was doing a good enough job.
“I didn’t think honestly we took advantage of opportunities tonight. I really didn’t,” McDermott told reporters during his Week 13 postgame press conference. “I mean the ball was at the 40-yard line. We’re 1-for-4 in the red zone, so we gotta figure that part of it out.”
That’s not the type of comment that will likely sit well with Daboll who again figures to be a hot name this offseason when teams go looking for a new head coach. The rest of Buffalo’s season might be a little rocky, starting with a matchup against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.
What’s Next for the Patriots?
The Patriots pulled out a humongous win in Week 13. Whether McDermott wants to give Belichick credit or not, the legendary head man does deserve acknowledgment for what his team did on Monday night, and throughout the season.
Belichick and company will get a week off in Week 14, but when they return, the Patriots will have their hands full against the Indianapolis Colts. Running back Jonathan Taylor has become the NFL’s leading rusher and Indy’s ground game presents an issue, averaging 151.7 rush yards per game through 13 games.
Here is a look at the schedule and the results from the 2021 season.
New England Patriots (9-4) 2021 Regular Season Schedule
- Week 1 – vs. Miami Dolphins 17, New England Patriots 16
- Week 2 – New England Patriots 25, at New York Jets 6
- Week 3 – New Orleans Saints 28, New England Patriots 13
- Week 4 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, New England Patriots 17
- Week 5 – New England Patriots 25, at Houston Texans 22
- Week 6 – Dallas Cowboys 35, New England Patriots 29 – OT
- Week 7 – New England Patriots 54, New York Jets 13
- Week 8 – New England Patriots 27, Los Angeles Chargers 24
- Week 9 – New England Patriots 24, at Carolina Panthers 6
- Week 10 – New England Patriots 45, Cleveland Browns 7
- Week 11 – New England Patriots 25, at Atlanta Falcons 0
- Week 12 – New England Patriots 36, Tennessee Titans 13
- Week 13 – New England Patriots 14, Buffalo Bills 10
- Week 14 – Bye Week
- Week 15 – at Indianapolis Colts at 8:20 pm ET – NFL Network – December 18
- Week 16 – Buffalo Bills at 1 pm ET – CBS – December 26
- Week 17 – Jacksonville Jaguars at 1 pm ET – CBS – January 2
- Week 18 – at Miami Dolphins at 1 pm ET – CBS – January 9
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