RB Dion Lewis among Patriots' top performers against Bills

Dion Lewis, who played 70 snaps as the Patriots' lead back, dives in for a touchdown. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Without the benefit of film review, an initial look at which New England Patriots were "up" and "down" in the team's victory over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium:


Tom Brady -- He's 38 years old and only seems to be getting better -- 38-of-59 for 466 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Malcolm Butler -- Cornerback recorded an interception in the first half as he built off his season-opening performance against Antonio Brown.

Julian Edelman -- Wide receiver finisheed with 11 catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns as he continues his hot start to the season.

Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end was immense once again -- seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Chandler Jones -- Defensive end recorded three sacks as the Patriots recovered from a rocky opening drive and smothered Tyrod Taylor & Co.

Dion Lewis -- Chances are Rex Ryan will remember his name after this effort, as he was the lead back from a playing-time perspective (70 snaps played) and made big plays in the passing and running games; his lone blemish was a fumble in the first half.

Shaq Mason, David Andrews, Josh Kline, Tre' Jackson -- Interior offensive line was a big storyline entering the game, in part because the Bills had defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returning from suspension, and they more than held up their end of the bargain.


Scott Chandler -- Tight end had a chance to catch two touchdowns in the third quarter but couldn't corral the football. They weren't easy plays, but the degree of difficulty wasn't too high.

Bradley Fletcher -- Veteran cornerback was penalized 39 yards for pass interference in the second quarter to set up the Bills' second touchdown.

Rufus Johnson -- First-year defensive end was penalized five yards for running into the punter in the second quarter, which could have extended the Bills' drive if not for a sack on the previous play.

Jerod Mayo -- Linebacker played more than he did in the opener, as the Patriots were in their base package more often, but he still seems to be getting his legs under him as he was a step slow on a few plays on underneath routes.