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Stopwatch: Tom Brady, Patriots passing rhythm badly thrown off by Bills defense 11.24.15 at 10:49 pm ET
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Tom Brady took an average of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Bills, his highest of the season.  (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady took an average of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Bills, his highest of the season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Watching Monday night’s game, it was clear the Bills were frustrating Tom Brady and the day after, the numbers back that claim up.

As we know, Brady is a quarterback who is at his best when he’s getting the ball out of his hands quickly and into the hands of his receivers allowing them to make plays.

The combination of the Patriots missing their best receivers and a successful Bills game plan against Brady, Buffalo was able to take the quarterback off his game.

By our count, Brady took an average time of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw, which is by far his highest mark of the season. Prior to Monday night, Brady’s highest average was 2.26 seconds, the week prior against the Giants.

“We were playing our defense,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said after the game. “We were blitzing, we were doing four-man rushes, simulated pressures, doing things that this defense needs to do.”

With this and the Giants game being Brady’s highest averages of the season, it speaks to Brady not having his favorite short route target in Julian Edleman, but credit needs to be given to the defenses, especially the Bills Monday night.

Buffalo was able to not only get to Brady with four rushers, which forced him to move in the pocket to buy himself time (which he did a pretty good job of), but the secondary was able to stay on their receivers long enough to force a lot of throwaways from the quarterback.

“If you don’€™t really nail it to a ‘€˜T’€™ then they get a lot of free plays and I think there were a lot of free plays that I basically took the ball and tried to throw it away as fast as I could,” Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday. “For one reason or another our communication between all of us needs to be able to improve so that we can have the confidence to stand in there and make the plays when they are there, make the reads and so forth.”

With you look at the numbers even closer, it becomes even more clear how much more successful Brady is when he’s getting the ball out quick compared to when he isn’t. On plays where he took less than two seconds from snap-to-attempt, Brady was 12-for-18 passing, but when he took longer than three seconds, he was just 3-for-12. Furthermore, 63 percent of his completions were on plays that took less than two seconds from snap-to-throw.

Things certainly won’t get any easier this week as the offense continues to find a way to succeed without Edelman, as they will travel to Denver and take on the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense.

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Tom Brady on sideline outburst: ‘I was pretty agitated all night’ at 12:09 pm ET
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Tom Brady said he was "agitated" most of the game Monday against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady said he was “agitated” most of the game Monday against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In the middle of the second quarter of the Patriots’ 20-13 win over the Bills Monday night, ESPN cameras caught Tom Brady on the Patriots sideline yelling at the rest of the offense, particularly the offensive linemen.

Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning he was “agitated” the whole game.

“I was pretty agitated all night,” Brady said. “For three hours and 20 minutes I was pretty agitated. I don’t remember who I was talking to at that particular point. When you’re the quarterback and you’ve been around, you see things and you want to try and create some urgency and see if we can get in the game and start tightening things up because things like that happen in practice too.”

He added: “You have to figure a way when things aren’t going well to rally and when things don’t seem to be going well, how are you going to find that rhythm. Just making sure everyone is focused and letting them know that I am focused and that they need to be focused. We can all be more focused together because we all play off one another. That’s offensive football. The more guys you can count on that are dependable, that are doing the right thing, that I know that this is taken care of because I can take my eyes off it and focus on something else that I need to focus on. If I’m not quite sure then I need to spend my energy thinking about what someone else has to do and that takes away from what I am trying to do and if you do that too often then it’s a hard way to play offensive football.”

Brady confirmed he was never asked to go on ESPN after the game. (Furthermore, no Patriots players appeared on the network afterwards.) He did say he met with ESPN earlier in the weekend.

“I did meet with Mike [Tirico],” Brady said. “The production meeting, I know is always pretty important and you develop a relationship with those guys. Mike is a Michigan man so I like Mike a lot.”

The quarterback was also asked about his “Rex Ryan” audible at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter. Brady said it was nothing against Ryan.

“Sometimes you use their name because you are playing them that week and we had some other names we could have used on other plays as it relates to the Buffalo Bills,” Brady said. “It’s just part of the verbal communication. The last thing I am trying to do in the middle of the first quarter is to tweak Rex. I don’t need to do that.”

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Rex Ryan admits Bills aren’t at Patriots’ ‘championship’ level at 2:31 am ET
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Once again, Rex Ryan came up short against the Patriots as the Bills fell 20-13 Monday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Once again, Rex Ryan came up short against the Patriots as the Bills fell 20-13 Monday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Bills did almost everything in their power to beat the Patriots Monday night.

Buffalo held the Patriots to 20 points, a season-low.

Buffalo held Tom Brady to 20-for-39 (51 percent) passing for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but the last time the quarterback was that frustrated by a defense was when Kansas City manhandled the Patriots last September.

Buffalo also rushed for 94 yards against the Patriots, the second-best run defense in the league and won the time of possession battle 32:55-27:05.

In other words, the Bills checked off a lot of boxes needed to beat the Patriots but couldn’t get it done, as the Patriots came out on top 20-13, which in the end signifies the Patriots are clearly the more superior team.

“But, like always, we’€™ve come up short many times being here when you think you’€™ve got them by the ropes, but at the end of the day, they find ways to win and that’€™s what championship teams do, and we’€™re not at that level right now,” Rex Ryan said afterwards.

One of the biggest turning points in the game came with just under a minute left in the first half. It was a 3-3 game, Buffalo’s ball on the New England 30-yard line and third-and-6.

Tyrod Taylor threw a fade to LeSean McCoy, who beat the Patriots defense up the sideline, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball in the end zone as Patriots safety Devin McCourty raced over to help knock the ball loose.

On the next play, Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard field goal to give the Patriots great field position and the Patriots offense was able to take advantage, as James White caught a 20-yard touchdown pass six plays later to give the Patriots a 10-3 halftime lead and the momentum going into the second half.

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Bill Belichick on Tom Brady: ‘He’s about as tough a guy as they come’ at 2:24 am ET
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Tom Brady was under fire all night Monday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady was under fire all night Monday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — There was no doubt Monday night that Bill Belichick and his staff likely took some deep breaths as they saw Tom Brady take as much abuse in the pocket as he ever has in a regular season game.

On night when the wind chill dipped down to 21 degrees, Brady stood in the pocket and took 10 official hits (though ESPN had the figure closer to 15 by game’s end).

Brady finished 20-of-39 for 277 yards, a far cry from the 466 yards he torched the Bills for in Week 2. Rex Ryan wanted his defense to do a better job on Brady this time around. Ryan wanted Brady to pay the price every time he dropped back in the pocket to pass, and for the most part they did.

From the moment that linebacker Nigel Bradham leveled Brady on the opening drive of the game, the Patriots knew that their quarterback would be under fire all night.

“I don’€™t think anybody ever questioned Tom’€™s toughness, mentally or physically,” Belichick said. “He’€™s about as tough a guy as they come.”

Belichick also gave props to his offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who lost a pair of receivers in the game, as Aaron Dobson went down in the first half with an ankle injury and Danny Amendola suffered a knee injury in the second half.

“We had to work around it a little bit tonight, yeah,” Belichick said. “I mean, we’€™ll see what it is going forward but tonight we definitely had to work around it. I thought Josh [McDaniels] did a good job managing the game, and we were able to do what we could do. It wasn’€™t necessarily what we wanted it to be, but it was good enough, so he did a good job managing it.”

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Tom Brady calls ‘Rex Ryan’ at line of scrimmage 11.23.15 at 9:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady had 59 pass attempts against the Bills in Week 2. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tom Brady had 59 pass attempts against the Bills in Week 2. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Peyton Manning has Omaha. Tom Brady has the coach he has pretty much owned over their time in the AFC East.

During the Patriots’ first drive of the game Monday, Brady called out a funny audible at the line of scrimmage.

Brady yelled “Rex Ryan!” at the line.

Brady may have been yelling it in anger also, as he was hit hard five times while attempting to pass during the opening drive that netted a 30-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.

Consider it a way to call out your opponent. Literally.

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Scouting Report: What you have to know about Bills-Patriots 11.22.15 at 5:40 pm ET
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Tom Brady is 12-4 in his career against Rex Ryan-led defenses.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tom Brady is 12-4 in his career against Rex Ryan-led defenses. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Here’s what you have to know when it comes to Monday’s Bills-Patriots contest at Gillette Stadium.

WHEN THE PATRIOTS RUN THE BALL

Simply put, most of the time, there’s a point of diminishing returns when you try to run the ball consistently against a Rex Ryan defense. This Bills team isn’t as good as some of his old Jets defensive fronts, but Buffalo is ninth in the league against the run this year, having yielded an average of 97.7 rushing yards per game going into the weekend. The numbers have spiked over the last few weeks, however, as Buffalo’s last four opponents all have topped 100 yards rushing, with the Jets hitting 128 yards on the ground last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. (It’s probably not a coincidence that those increased numbers have come since veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams has been out with a knee injury — he’s expected to miss Monday’s game, which could cause the Patriots to think more about running the ball than they did in the first matchup.)

Conversely, New England isn’t an overwhelming run team — the Pats work the ground game just enough to keep the opposition honest, averaging 92.8 rushing yards per game (27th in the league). While the Patriots will run the ball just enough to keep the Bills defensive front on its toes, don’t look for New England to feature an extensively run-heavy game plan, even with Julian Edelman sidelined, the Patriots will likely try and spread the Bills out. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but when New England does turn to the ground game on Monday, look for LeGarrette Blount (117 carries, 513 rushing yards, 6 TDs) to get the bulk of the work, with James White (8 carries, 20 yards) and Brandon Bolden (8 carries, 11 yards) working in sporadically in third down and other passing situations. Ultimately, while the run-pass splits won’t be as dramatic this time around as they were in the Week 2 meeting between the Patriots and Bills (15 carries, 59 pass attempts), expect New England to be a pass-first team again Monday at Gillette.

WHEN THE PATRIOTS PASS THE BALL

As previously stated, while it won’t be the pass-fest the Patriots had the first time around against the Bills, even without Edelman and Dion Lewis expect New England to throw against the Buffalo defense for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the offensive line appears to be getting healthy. If New England is able to get one tackle back this week (Sebastian Vollmer or Marcus Cannon, both of whom are questionable heading into Monday), that would allow Bryan Stork to move back to the interior, and then, the dominoes would start to fall neatly into place. It’s not like quarterback Tom Brady (68 percent completion rate, 3,043 yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs) needs a ton of time — he had a 2.26 average snap-to-throw time last week against the Giants, and even though he was ragged at times, still managed to throw for 334 yards in the 27-26 road win over the Giants. (Check the stats in Ryan Hannable’s story — he was a blazing 11-for-15 on passes that took two seconds from snap to throw against New York.)

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Appearing on NFL Network, Rex Ryan takes another jab at New England media at 1:13 pm ET
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Bills coach Rex Ryan called into the NFL Network’s “NFL Gameday” show Sunday morning, as his brother Rob was a guest on the show after he was fired by the Saints as their defensive coordinator earlier this week.

Rex was asked how good of a job Rob was doing and Rex took the answer as an opportunity to take a jab at the New England media. This comes after he became agitated on a conference call with the New England media earlier this week.

“I think he’s doing a great job,” Rex Ryan said of Rob. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. The whole show, the little bit I’ve seen of him, it’s been great. It really has been a lot of fun and things like that. Certainly better than the Boston media, that’s for sure.

“I’ve got news for you, Tyrod Taylor is coming into town and he is the third-rated quarterback in the National Football League that nobody talks about. He’s a young man. We’ve got a few guys that are back healthy right now, so our team is going to give what we have and certainly the disrespect that they showed him and things like that with their questioning and things like that, so we’ll see.

“We’ll give a good shot and the whole country will get to see this young man play. We know it will be tough against a Bill Belichick defense, but our team is going to show up. Believe me, we will show up.”

The Patriots and Bills will meet Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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