Belichick pleased with outcome despite struggles

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was proud of his team after its 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills, especially because of the way it played down the stretch.

“I thought they made the plays at the end of the game that they needed to win,” Belichick said. “That’s what it’s about. Obviously it wasn’t perfect. There’s a lot of things we can do better. We played the last few minutes of the game the way we need to play it, and we were able to execute and make the plays.”

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After debuting a new wide receiver corps, which looked spotty at times (Tom Brady was 29 of 52 for 288 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception), Belichick said it was just a start.

“We had our moments,” he said. “There were times when it was good, times when it wasn’t so good and needs to be better. But we’ll build on this.”

But Belichick didn’t want any untoward attention given the new faces in the lineup. There’s too much experience on the team to make that excuse, he said

“We’ve got a couple new players over there,” Belichick said. “That’s everybody in the league. But there’s a lot of guys out there we’ve seen a lot before; all the offensive line, quarterback, running back. There’s a lot of guys who’ve played a lot of football for us.”