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White Tre’Davious White Jersey , defense, or special teams Sunday. They were beaten soundly by a vulnerable New England Patriots team in all three phases. With one game left in the season, the coaching staff has a lot of evaluating to do as they enter Week 17.Here are our five takeaways from the game:Bills were out-coachedThe Patriots kept attacking Buffalo’s inexperienced linebackers by keeping their heavy units on the field. They were able to run the ball down the Bills’ collective throats and influence the need for Lorenzo Alexander to cover Julian Edelman. On defense, the Patriots put Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore on Robert Foster and then dared Josh Allen to pass the ball. He had opportunities but New England made the Bills make plays—and so many drops doomed the Bills.Bills rushing defense remains a concernAfter their second touchdown, the Patriots were averaging 8.4 yards per rush while Tom Brady was having a pedestrian day. New England had 179 yards rushing before halftime.With 20 minutes left in the game, New England already had passed the Indianapolis Colts for most rushing yards against the Bills in a game this season. With 273 yards on the ground, it was tied for the seventh-most allowed since 2000. Missed tackles, the defensive line not settling into their lanes, and sub-par linebacker play all led to the problem. In four games against New England, Sean McDermott’s defense has allowed more than 190 yards on the ground three times. They entered the game allowing only 105 yards per game but they have had some hiccups this year.Josh Allen didn’t play well*Bill Belichick* is pretty darn good at home against rookie quarterbacks. It was a story line going into this week, but it came true in spades. Belichick spied Allen with a cornerback and other defensive backs on multiple plays. They converted 9% of their third downs. Allen threw two picks and was 14-for-33 for just 148 yards. He had five rushes for 30 yards and was sacked a few times. Allen had several very good passes, for sure, and he was able to settle in more as the game wore on, but they couldn’t get anything going when it mattered.Convert some freaking turnoversThe Bills forced three turnovers in Patriots territory and were only able to convert three points. The opening drive of the third quarter got the Bills on the board Tre’Davious White Jersey 2019 , down 14-3, but the Bills turned it over on downs in the second quarter and Stephen Hauschka bounced off the crossbar from 43 yards out in the first quarter. Not exactly how you defeat the Patriots.Special teams (again)Holy cow. That onside kick was pathetic. The Patriots blocked an extra point (kind of but not really). It was abysmal and it’s not the first time we’ve called for coordinator Danny Crossman to be fired. Let’s do it again anyway: Danny Crossman should be fired.Send your questions to me for the Buffalo Rumblings Mailbag: 716-508-0405. It was a talk-able Bills game, for sure. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Zay Jones can reflect on the past 18 months and see how much he’s matured as a player and a person.Looking back, the Bills‘ second-year receiver realizes how ill-prepared he was entering the NFL as a second-round draft pick in 2017. Jones had the wild idea then in believing his success at East Carolina, where he set NCAA records for career and single-season receptions, would immediately translate at the professional level.“You have to understand that things just don’t happen like that,” Jones said, snapping his fingers for emphasis.“Things take time,” he added. “For me as a man, just understanding this league, how it goes and finally letting the dust settle with everything, I’ve learned a lot.”It’s a hard-earned perspective gained from his season-long struggles as a rookie, followed by a frightening meltdown during which a bloodied and naked Jones was arrested — but not charged — after trashing a downtown Los Angeles apartment in February.Jones White Zay Jones Jerseys , who still has scars on his right knee from the outburst, wouldn’t change a thing if he could.“It hurts sometimes because there’s growth pains,” he said. “You don’t understand what the NFL requires until you’re in it. And hopefully, for some guys it’s not too late.”It wasn’t too late for Jones, who is beginning to show signs of emerging as a dependable receiver on a young and patchwork offense expected to have rookie Josh Allen back under center Sunday, when Buffalo (3-7) hosts Jacksonville (3-7).Jones entered the bye week coming off a career-best outing. He had eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets on Nov. 11, with Matt Barkley starting for Buffalo. Jones now leads Buffalo with 37 catches for 392 yards and two TDs receiving. He’s already passed last year’s totals in catches (27) and yards (316) while matching his scoring output.“I’m proud of myself, I wouldn’t lie to you,” Jones said. “It was nice to just sit back during the bye week and recognize the things that I’ve done, but also know there’s still a long ways ahead.”It’s a far better place than where Jones was a year ago, when he was being criticized for dropping too many passes and not being on the same page with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The most memorable incompletion came in the final seconds of a 9-3 loss at Carolina in Week 2, when Jones failed to bring down a pass near the goal line.That’s not the type of production anyone, including Jones, was expecting from a player who finished his college career with 399 catches Zay Jones Jerseys 2019 , including 158 in his senior season.In Jones’ defense, he spent a portion of last season playing with a shoulder injury. It was also unfair to expect Jones to stand out amid a group of receivers mostly made up of rookies and journeymen.Jones was disappointed by his lack of production and stung by the criticism.“If people want to place the blame on me last year, sure I’ll take it,” he said. “But it’s helped me grow as a man. It’s helped me grow as a football player. I’ve matured.”How much Jones matured wasn’t immediately apparent in February, when security video showed him arguing with his brother before being arrested for vandalism. It didn’t help that Jones required surgery to repair a knee injury, which sidelined him through the second week of training camp in August.Jones won’t go into detail, except to say what happened in Los Angeles could have cost him his life.He will acknowledge having made mistakes.“I’m a professional in what I do. And I take that criticism,” Jones said. “Is a lot of it deserved? Maybe some.”Coach Sean McDermott is impressed by the maturity Jones showed in putting the past behind.“He persevered, and that’s a testament to Zay,” McDermott said. “He’s still a work in progress, like we all are. But to be able to step back and learn and grow from those moments on the field and then off the field in February says a lot about him as a person.”NOTES: DE Shaq Lawson did not practice a day after hurting his elbow. … DE Trent Murphy, who has missed three games with a knee injury, practiced on a limited basis. … LB Matt Milano has been cleared from the concussion protocol.