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This Josh Allen stat gives Patriots a blueprint to beat Bills in Week 16

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This Josh Allen stat gives Patriots a blueprint to beat Bills in Week 16

The Buffalo Bills might have finally found their franchise quarterback with the selection of Josh Allen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Allen has started the Bills' last four games and is 2-2. He has ran for 99 or more yards three times, along with a total of three rushing touchdowns in that span. His touchdown run Sunday against the Detroit Lions helped spark a Buffalo victory.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had plenty of praise for Allen during a conference call with reporters Tuesday, and he touched on the young quarterback's running ability.

"Impressive. very athletic guy, good arm, can make all the throws," Belichick said. "He's an explosive player. He has some good weapons to work with. Good backs, good tight ends, good receivers. He's shown a lot of poise, accuracy throwing the ball, and obviously his ability to run with it is very good."

The part about Allen being a very good runner should be of particular note for the Patriots. His ability to throw on the run and get big gains on the ground is pretty impressive for a rookie quarterback. When he's in the pocket, however, his performance dips quite a bit.

Check out this stat showing Allen's quarterback rating in the pocket. It's among the worst in the league.

The Patriots need to do whatever they can to keep Allen in the pocket and force him to throw the ball. The Patriots defense has struggled mightily against the run of late, but their pass defense has mostly been solid, especially with cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson having tremendous seasons.

The Patriots will clinch the AFC East title if they beat their division rivals from Buffalo on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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