Why Did Tom Brady Troll #billsmafia on Instagram? Because He Can

Patriots have knack for showing up at the worst possible time for Bills, and Brady knows he owns them

All things considered, the Bills’ 37-5 loss to the Colts on Sunday was their more demoralizing defeat of the season. It was worse than their 47-3 defeat in the opener because rookie Josh Allen had provided hope after taking over at quarterback.

Even the score against Indianapolis was ludicrous. It was the first time such a result had been posted in the NFL. There were two 5-0 games in the league’s history: The Cowboys beat the Lions, 5-0, in the playoffs in 1970. Monday marked the 40-year anniversary of Tom Dempsey kicking the Bills to a 5-0 win over the Bengals.

Right when you think the Bills’ season can’t get much worse, along come the Patriots on Monday Night Football. It passes for cruel and unusual punishment for Bills’ fans, cruel because it’s the Patriots and unusual because Buffalo hasn’t played a MNF game at home since 2008.

You can almost hear the cheap jokes at Buffalo’s expense while the game turns into a national Tom Brady lovefest. Brady felt the need to troll Bills fans on Instagram after beating the Bears. He all but guaranteed a win Monday, saying the Patriots would be improving to 6-2 this season.

Who would argue with a guy who had a 28-3 career record against the Bills? He’s actually 27-1 in games in which he started and completed. Brady has thrown for more yards (7,798) and more touchdowns (68) against the Bills than any other team. At age 41, he continues toying with them at their fan base.

Not that there’s ever a good time for Buffalo to play New England, but the Patriots have a knack for showing up on the schedule when the Bills least need to see them. The Bills would love to swat him like an insect buzzing in their ears, but they keep smacking themselves in the head.

Last year, the Bills barely survived a loss to the Patriots in what appeared to be a fatal blow to Buffalo’s playoff hopes. The Bills had won the Snow Bowl against Indianapolis and returned home the following week with another win over Miami to improve to 8-6.

Sure enough, the Bills were blown out by the Patriots the following week, 37-16. If not for Andy Dalton’s 49-yard pass to Tyler Boyd on fourth-and-12 that lifted Cincinnati over Baltimore, Buffalo would have been sunk by the loss to New England.

Never mind elimination. The Bills will be trying to stave off humiliation Monday. The Patriots have outscored their opponents, 114-35, in the first half of their five victories this season while the Bills have been outscored, 104-6, in their five losses.

Buffalo is a vulnerable team with major quarterback issues. Brady is the last guy they need to see after signing Derek Anderson off the street earlier in the month. If that’s not enough, the Bills lost their most dynamic player, LeSean McCoy, to a concussion on Sunday.

And if that’s no enough, their defense is coming off its worst performance since giving up 28 points in the first half in Week Two. And if that's still not enough, the Patriots have averaged 39 points in their past four games while the Bills have scored 31 points total in their past four.

The Pats are never there when the Bills need them. Even on the rare occasion the Bills actually beat their chief tormenter, the result was meaningless. Buffalo hasn’t beaten New England in a game of consequence winning both meetings and finishing 11-5 in 1999, when Brady was a senior at Michigan.

Going into Week 8, here are Buffalo’s eight memorable games with, and seven memorable losses to, New England in reverse chronological order:

In 2015, the Bills won two straight games in the division and improved to 5-4 before a 20-13 loss to the Pats. Buffalo lost four out of five, never fully recovered, finished 8-8 and fell short of the postseason.

In 2014, the Bills actually beat the Patriots in the season finale. Big deal. New England was 12-3 and had already clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs on its way to the Super Bowl. Brady played the first half. The Bills had already been eliminated from the playoffs.

In 2013, Buffalo lost its first and last game to New England and finished 6-10. The Bills won two straight going into the finale before getting dumped, 34-20.

In 2012, Buffalo was 2-1 and had a 14-7 halftime lead in Week Four. New England scored 45 second-half points – 31 in the fourth quarter – in a 52-28 rout. The Bills lost five of their next six games, including a 37-31 defeat to the Pats.

Midway through 2008, the Bills were on pace to finish 10-6 before losing to the Patriots to start the second half of the season. Buffalo had a chance to finish 8-8 before getting shut out by New England in the season finale.

In 2007, Buffalo recovered from a terrible start but had gained momentum with four straight victories, allowing on 48 points during the winning streak … before playing the Patriots. New England put the Bills back in their place with a 56-10 victory in Orchard Park.

The 2004 season is known more for the Bills losing to the Steelers junior varsity in the season finale. The Bills had won eight of nine going into the Pittsburgh game. The one loss was to the Patriots, 29-6.

In 2003, the Bills beat the Pats in the opener, 31-0. The Bills finished 6-10 after losing to the Pats by the same score in the finale. New England won the Super Bowl. Not that there’s ever a good time for Buffalo to play New England, but the Patriots have a knack for showing up on the schedule when the Bills least need to see them. He’s like that annoying kid from school who crosses your path no matter how much you try to avoid him.

Last year, the Bills barely survived a loss to the Patriots in what appeared to be a fatal blow to Buffalo’s playoff hopes. The Bills had won the Snow Bowl against Indianapolis and returned home the following week with another win over Miami to improve to 8-6.

Sure enough, the Bills were blown out by the Patriots the following week, 37-16. If not for Andy Dalton’s 49-yard pass to Tyler Boyd on fourth-and-12 that lifted Cincinnati over Baltimore, Buffalo would have been sunk by the loss to New England.

Never mind elimination. The Bills will be trying to stave off humiliation Monday. The Patriots have outscored their opponents, 114-35, in the first half of their five victories this season while the Bills have been outscored, 104-6, in their five losses.

Buffalo is a vulnerable team with major quarterback issues. Brady is the last guy they need to see after signing Derek Anderson off the street earlier in the month. If that’s not enough, the Bills lost their most dynamic player, LeSean McCoy, to a concussion on Sunday.

And if that’s not enough, their defense is coming off its worst performance since giving up 28 points in the first half in Week Two. And if that’s not enough, the Patriots have averaged 39 points in their past four games while the Bills have scored 31 points total in their past four.

The Pats are never there when you need them. Even on the rare occasion the Bills actually beat their chief tormenter, the result ended up not meaning anything. Buffalo hasn’t beaten New England in a game of consequence winning both meetings and finishing 11-5 in 1999, when Brady was a senior at Michigan.

Going into Week 8, here are Buffalo’s eight memorable games with, and seven memorable losses to, New England in reverse chronological order:

* In 2015, the Bills won two straight games in the division and improved to 5-4 before a 20-13 loss to the Pats. Buffalo lost four out of five, never fully recovered, finished 8-8 and fell short of the postseason.

* In 2014, the Bills actually beat the Patriots in the season finale. Big deal. New England was 12-3 and had already clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs on its way to the Super Bowl. Brady played the first half. The Bills had already been eliminated from the playoffs.

* In 2013, Buffalo lost its first and last game to New England and finished 6-10. The Bills won two straight going into the finale before getting dumped, 34-20.

* In 2012, Buffalo was 2-1 and had a 14-7 halftime lead in Week Four. New England scored 45 second-half points – 31 in the fourth quarter – in a 52-28 rout. The Bills lost five of their next six games, including a 37-31 defeat to the Pats.

* Midway through 2008, the Bills were on pace to finish 10-6 before losing to the Patriots to start the second half of the season. Buffalo had a chance to finish 8-8 before getting shut out by New England in the season finale.

* In 2007, Buffalo recovered from a terrible start but had gained momentum with four straight victories, allowing on 48 points during the winning streak … before playing the Patriots. New England put the Bills back in their place with a 56-10 victory in Orchard Park.

* The 2004 season is known more for the Bills losing to the Steelers junior varsity in the season finale. The Bills had won eight of nine going into the Pittsburgh game. The one loss was to the Patriots, 29-6.

* In 2003, the Bills beat the Pats in the opener, 31-0. The Bills finished 6-10 after losing to the Pats by the same score in the finale. New England won the Super Bowl.

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