Frustrated by the Buffalo Bills defense early in the game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouted at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after their first-quarter drive ended with a field goal. Broadcast cameras caught Brady exploding on McDaniels after the latter uttered something that did not sit well with the veteran quarterback. While he was headed to the bench, Brady turned around, removed his helmet and had a heated discussion with McDaniels.

After throwing for just 82 yards and no touchdowns in the first half, Brady got his groove in the second half, throwing for 176 yards as the Patriots defeated the Bills, 23-3, on Sunday (Dec.

3). After the game, Brady downplayed the incident with McDaniels, saying “it's just football.” "We’ve been around each other a lot. I love Josh,” said Brady, who has worked with McDaniels for 13 years. Despite his struggles, Brady recorded his 27th career victory over the Bills, overtaking Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most wins by a quarterback against a single opponent.

Rex Burkhead shines for Patriots

Overall, Brady completed 21-of-30 passes for 258 yards with an interception, but Rex Burkhead carried the scoring load, running 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, allowing the Patriots to pull away en route to their eighth straight win and a 10-2 mark. Dion Lewis carried the ball 15 times for 92 yards while tight end Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 147 yards for the Patriots.

Tyrod Taylor completed 9-of-18 passes for 65 yards and an interception before he suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Nathan Peterman, who went 6-of-15 for 50 yards while Joe Webb threw an incomplete pass for the Bills, who dropped to 6-6 after losing four of their last five games.

Bills lose QB to knee injury

According to Bills head coach Sean McDermott, Taylor was initially injured on the first play, but he remained on the field until he aggravated his knee late in the game. After the game, McDermott said Taylor's knee was still being evaluated and he had no update on his status. If Taylor will miss time, the Bills will rely on Peterman, who threw five interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in his first career start last month.

Meanwhile, Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White was taken out of the game due to a head injury after he was elbowed in the back of his helmet by Gronkowski after an interception. Gronkowski, who was whistled for unnecessary roughness, apologized to White for his action, saying his hit was borne out of frustration. Meanwhile, the Bills placed White in the concussion protocol.