Patriots

Analysis: Eric Lee’s interception came from practice, team execution

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It looked fairly simple. And in many ways it was.

The Patriots' defense was on its heels in the early going Sunday, as the Bills took the opening kickoff and methodically moved 66 yards in 12 plays to New England's 6-yard line, where Buffalo had first and goal.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor dropped back to pass, held the ball, and then threw a floater to Patriots end Eric Lee, who has been on the team for all of two weeks, for an interception.

End of the drive. Start of the march to a 23-3 victory for the Patriots.

"It's really just a base call for us," said Devin McCourty.

Sounds easy enough. A lot more went into that play than just a mental mistake by Taylor.

And it started in practice this week.