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Quick hit thoughts after 1st quarter

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts after the first quarter of the Patriots’ regular-season finale against the Bills (New England trails 21-0):

1. Not much to say from a Patriots perspective other than this -- awful football.

2. One would have expected more from a team playing for a No. 1 seed. The Patriots' defense looks overmatched.

3. Credit to the Bills. They have come to play and are are taking an aggressive approach, with a “What do we have to lose?” attitude. That was reflected with a fake punt on their opening drive that was successful. The Bills also had a successful fourth-down conversion on their second drive.

4. Cornerback Antwaun Molden is struggling. He had the long defensive pass interference penalty on the Bills’ opening scoring drive and has been in coverage on other successful Bills plays.

5. Patriots safety Patrick Chung, back after missing seven games with a foot injury, made his presence felt with a big hit on the Bills’ opening drive. When his name was called by the public address announcer, there was a big cheer from the home crowd.

6. Interesting defensive wrinkle for the Patriots, using Devin McCourty as a cornerback in the base 4-3, then as a safety in sub. The wrinkle hasn't produced results though.

7. The Bills went no-huddle on the second drive and the Patriots’ defense looked like it was having some communication issues. If the unit doesn't settle down, this is going to be a long afternoon. The Bills are dictating play.

8. Quarterback Tom Brady has landed hard on his injured left shoulder, with the Bills generating pressure. He got up slowly both times.

9. The Patriots are putting linebacker Dane Fletcher in a tough spot, asking him to cover receivers out of the slot. Later, Fletcher had a missed tackle on running back C.J. Spiller's catch-and-run touchdown.

10. Boos from the home crowd after the Patriots fell behind 21-0.