Patriots vs. Bills Week 4 live score, highlights, analysis and injury updates

Patriots vs. Bills Week 4 live score, highlights, analysis and injury updates

The New England Patriots will need to overcome a hostile crowd and a much-improved Buffalo Bills team if they are going to leave New Era Field on Sunday as the top team in the AFC East.

First place in the division is on the line in Week 4 as the Bills host the Patriots in one of the most anticipated games in recent Buffalo history.

The defending Super Bowl champions have crushed opponents through the first three weeks of the season by a combined score of 106-17. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, and he was even ranked by Pro Football Focus as the top QB in the league entering Week 4. New England's defense has been its biggest strength so far, leading the league in yards allowed and interceptions.

The Bills should present the toughest challenge for the Patriots to this point in the season. Buffalo has a very good run game, an excellent defense and a second-year quarterback in Josh Allen who is getting more and more comfortable in the offense with each passing week. Who will emerge from Sunday's matchup with an unbeaten record and first place in the division?

Keep it right here for all of the latest highlights, score updates, injuries and quick analysis from Patriots vs. Bills Week 4.

FINAL, 16-10 Patriots: An interception by Jamie Collins -- New England's fourth interception of the game -- seals a 16-10 win for the Patriots.

Fourth quarter, 2:00, 16-10 Patriots: We're at the 2-minute warning, and the Bills will have a first down at the Patriots' 40-yard line after the timeout. Stephen Gostkowski's missed extra point in the fourth quarter looms large.

Fourth quarter, 5:19, 16-10 Patriots: The Patriots take over with a little more than five minutes remaining. A long drive here could end the game.

Fourth quarter, 10:44, 16-10 Patriots: The Bills went for it on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line, and Matt Barkley's pass was incomplete. A huge stop for the Patriots defense.

Fourth quarter, 14:46, 16-10 Patriots: Jonathan Jones made helmet-to-helmet contact with Bills quarterback Josh Allen, which drew a 15-yard penalty on the Patriots cornerback. Allen went into the blue medical tent to be checked for a concussion, and backup quarterback Matt Barkley replaced him.

Third quarter, 0:10, 16-10 Patriots: The Patriots doubled their lead with a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. 

Earlier in the drive, Josh Gordon caught a 31-yard pass from Tom Brady.

Third quarter, 3:33, 13-10 Patriots: The Patriots defense has come up with its league-leading ninth interception of the season. J.C. Jackson picked off Josh Allen for the second time today, and he did a nice job keeping his feet inbounds along the sideline.

Third quarter, 5:27, 13-10 Patriots: The Patriots just punted to the Bills, who have a chance to take their first lead of the afternoon.

Patriots running back Rex Burkhead entered this game with a foot injury, and he hasn't seen much action so far.

Third quarter, 10:37, 13-10 Patriots: The Bills went 75 yards and converted on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line with a Josh Allen sneak to finally get into the end zone.

Third quarter, 15:00, 13-3 Patriots: The Bills start the second half with the ball.

Halftime, 13-3 Patriots: Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka missed a 49-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

We also have an actual wedding for two Bills fans going on at halftime.

Second quarter, 1:17, 13-3 Patriots: Congrats to Frank Gore for reaching 15,000 career rushing yards.

Second quarter, 2:00, 13-0 Patriots: Let's look at some Tom Brady stats during the 2-minute warning.

Second quarter, 3:10, 13-0 Patriots: A couple injury notes for the Patriots.

Second quarter, 4:08, 13-0 Patriots: Tom Brady just threw his first interception of the season. It ended a 16-play drive that went 93 yards in 8:19. 

Second quarter, 10:33, 13-0 Patriots: Something to keep an eye on ahead of Week 5.

Second quarter, 12:27, 13-0 Patriots: Tom Brady hasn't played particularly well so far, especially when targeting his wide receivers.

First quarter, 0:02, 13-0 Patriots: One play after giving the Bills a first down on a 12-men-on-the-field penalty, Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson intercepted Josh Allen to give the ball back to New England. So, to recap, Jackson has a punt block and a touchdown in the first quarter alone.

Allen is really struggling today.

He's also getting an earful from offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

First quarter, 1:32, 13-0 Patriots: Here's another note on McCourty's interception.

First quarter, 6:22, 13-0 Patriots: Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson blocked a punt, and Matthew Slater picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.

Also, Bills quarterback Josh Allen has played awful so far. 

First quarter, 7:35, 6-0 Patriots: The Patriots have taken the lead! After a 26-yard completion from Tom Brady to James White -- Brandon Bolden scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point -- his third consecutive game with a missed PAT. 

First quarter, 9:58, 0-0: Devin McCourty has intercepted another pass! The Patriots safety now has interceptions in each of the first four games of the season, tying him with team legend Mike Haynes for the longest interception streak in franchise history.

First quarter, 13:17, 0-0: The Patriots opened the game from their own 25-yard line, and running back Sony Michel picked up 15 yards -- his longest run of the season -- on first down. New England was forced to punt shortly after.

1:01 p.m.: The intensity before the game is very high!

12:47 p.m.: Patriots fans will be ready to run through a wall after listening to this Devin McCourty pre-game speech.

12:35 p.m.: Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports is right in the middle of the Bills Mafia tailgating scene at New Era Field.

11:30 a.m. ET: Here are the inactives for both teams. 


LB Dont'a Hightower
DB Joejuan Williams
RB Damien Harris
OL Caleb Benenoch
OL Korey Cunningham
QB Cody Kessler
DL Byron Cowart

BILLS (3-0)

RB Devin Singletary
WR Robert Foster
TE Tyler Kroft
T Conor McDermott
G Spencer Long
LB Corey Thompson
NCB Taron Johnson

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Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Tom Brady is already making a point to get to know his new teammates in Tampa Bay.

The former New England Patriots quarterback had one request after signing with the Buccaneers last week, and that was all of his teammates' phone numbers. One particular player he's already reached out to is one of his new favorite targets, Chris Godwin.

In a recent interview with Ros Gold-Onwude of The Boardroom, Godwin detailed the dynamic of his first FaceTime conversations with Brady.

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“Really it’s literally just getting to know each other,” Godwin told Gold-Onwude. “Just early introductory things. Just trying to get a feel for who we are as people more than anything else. Like we didn’t talk ball or anything, really just about how excited we both are to play with each other.”

“For me, I’m just going to learn," he added. “You know, learn as much as I can from somebody who’s arguably the G.O.A.T., and I’m just ready to roll.”

The learning curve probably won't be all that steep for Godwin, who broke out in a big way last season for the Bucs. The 24-year-old was one of the top wide receivers in all of football, tallying 121 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Godwin went on to describe his initial reaction to Brady -- who's been in the league since Godwin was four years old -- becoming his new QB.

“At first it was a little weird, cause it’s like I feel like it’s someone I’ve watched my entire life, Godwin said. "Like you said, he’s my colleague now so past the initial interaction it’s like alright, cool. This is starting to feel a little more normal now.”

You can watch the full interview below:

Godwin happens to wear No. 12 for the Bucs, but recently said he'll give it up to TB12 if the six-time Super Bowl champion asks for it.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Over the course of the New England Patriots' dynasty, NFL fans learned a valuable lesson: never count the Patriots out.

But with Tom Brady leaving after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that has quickly changed. Suddenly, the Pats are perceived as underdogs.

It isn't difficult to see why. The quarterback position now is a real area of concern, and several key contributors from 2019 have departed in free agency.

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Pats wide receiver N'Keal Harry, however, doesn't seem worried. The 2019 first-round pick took to Twitter on Saturday with a message for the doubters.

The 22-year-old certainly isn't lacking in confidence.

If the Patriots are to exceed expectations without Brady, Harry will be counted on to be a focal point in the offense. New England's wide receiver depth chart currently consists of Harry, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers. There's also a strong chance the position is addressed again via the draft, which takes place next month.

The real question is who will be throwing the ball to Harry when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. Right now, 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham is the odds-on favorite to be Brady's successor.

Harry tallied 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games during his rookie campaign.