The Patriots were already down 20-0 early in the second quarter of their embarrassing 47-17 playoff loss to the Bills Saturday.
And CBS analyst Charles Davis liked what they were bringing.
Once again, Ian Eagles and Davis were on the call for a Patriots game, though this was unquestionably the worst contest they’ve seen all season. The Bills marched down the field and scored on their first drive and never looked back.
The game was basically over when Micah Hyde picked off Mac Jones in the first quarter, setting up Josh Allen’s second touchdown pass to Dawson Knox. Then the Bills poured it on with another touchdown drive to open up the second. As you might’ve heard by now, Buffalo didn’t punt in any of its nine possessions. The Patriots got obliterated.
But in Davis’ mind, they were just running into some bad luck.
“I think their game plan has been sound,” Davis said after the Bills had gone up three scores. “Micah Hyde made one of the best interceptions we’ve seen all year that blunted the first drive on a really good throw by Mac Jones. Since then, it’s been hard to keep up with what they’re doing. The fire power is a little bit different on New England’s side of the ball versus Buffalo’s.”
That’s for sure. The Bills steamrolled the Patriots, and Davis actually did a nice job explaining how Buffalo’s skill players bested the Patriots all night. On Knox’ second touchdown, for example, Davis pointed out how Knox positioned his body in front of safety Adrian Phillips to block him out — just like a basketball player asserting himself in the paint.
But NFL analysts are in show business, and they must sell the product. Last week, Jay Feely comically said it was a good thing Mac Jone threw his pick-six, because it would be a good test for the postseason (how’d that work out)?
On Saturday, Davis remarked how well the Patriots were playing the field position game when they punted down 20.
“The only consolation on that drive is they moved it well enough so hopefully they can get some field position and assist their defense,” Davis said.
The defense didn’t take advantage of the assist. The Bills scored on four plays and expanded their lead to 28.
Just like the Patriots drew it up, right?