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THE Buf­falo Bills made sure Tom Brady won’t re­turn from his De­flate­gate sus­pen­sion to helm a per­fect Pa­tri­ots team, em­bar­rass­ing New Eng­land 16-0 on Oc­to­ber 2 in Foxborough, Mas­sachusetts.

The fired-up Bills were push­ing and shov­ing even be­fore the game be­gan, and they kept up the pres­sure to hand the Pats their first shut-out de­feat in the 15-year his­tory of Gil­lette Sta­dium.

It was just one up­set of a day that started at Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Arena with the Jack­sonville Jaguars’ 30-27 vic­tory over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

Jags quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles threw two touch­down passes and rushed for an­other and Jack­sonville’s de­fence re­pelled An­drew Luck’s fourth-quar­ter come­back bid as Jack­sonville grabbed their first win of the sea­son af­ter an 0-3 start.

The Chicago Bears also picked up their first win of the sea­son, hold­ing Detroit’s po­tent of­fense in check in a 17-14 vic­tory.

The New Or­leans Saints stormed back from a 13-point fourth-quar­ter deficit to stun the San Diego Charg­ers 35-34 and notch their first win of 2016.

In Bal­ti­more, the up­start Oak­land Raiders handed the Ravens their first de­feat of the cam­paign. Derek Carr threw four touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 23-yard pass to Michael Crab­tree with less than two min­utes re­main­ing in what would be a 28-27 tri­umph.

For the Pa­tri­ots, this week­end’s re­sult con­firmed that Brady can’t be back soon enough. He be­came el­i­gi­ble to start prac­tic­ing with the team on Oc­to­ber 3.

New Eng­land’s last home shut-out de­feat was back in 1993, and the last time they went score­less was in 2006.

The Bills, mean­while, held a foe score­less on the road for the first time since 1990, bring­ing the Pa­tri­ots back to earth with a thump af­ter New Eng­land man­aged to start the sea­son 3-0 with­out Brady.

The Pa­tri­ots started Ja­coby Bris­sett at quar­ter­back for the sec­ond game in a row, but the Bills de­fence made him look like the rookie he is.

Buf­falo line­backer Zach Brown was in on the big­gest play of the game when he drilled Bris­sett in the sec­ond quar­ter to force a fum­ble and halt New Eng­land’s deep­est pen­e­tra­tion in the game.

The Pa­tri­ots fum­bled five times and had nine penal­ties.

Things were tense even be­fore kick­off. Bris­sett, playing with his in­jured right thumb taped, was jog­ging down the side­line when the Bills took is­sue with where he was on the field and safety Robert Blan­ton shoved him, start­ing a fra­cas.

Things didn’t im­prove for Bris­sett, who got the start­ing nod over also-in­jured Jimmy Garop­polo.

“He’s a third-string quar­ter­back,” Bills line­backer Zach Brown said. “So for us, it was we’ve got to make him look like a third-string quar­ter­back. It’s a great win.”

Bills coach Rex Ryan called the win “sat­is­fy­ing”.

“But let’s face it,” Ryan added. “They had a player out. And we had our team [at full strength]. We ex­pected to win.”

Fal­cons pum­mel Panthers

The strug­gles con­tin­ued for reign­ing Na­tional Foot­ball Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons Carolina as the Panthers fell 48-33 to the high-fly­ing At­lanta Fal­cons.

Matt Ryan’s 503 pass­ing yards was a Fal­cons club record. He com­pleted four touch­down passes as re­ceiver Julio Jones caught 12 passes for a club record 300 yards and a 75-yard score.

Panthers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton, the reign­ing NFL Most Valu­able Player, was knocked out of the con­test with a con­cus­sion af­ter ab­sorb­ing a hard hit in the fourth quar­ter.

The Den­ver Bron­cos, who beat the Panthers in last sea­son’s Su­per Bowl, trounced the Tampa Buc­ca­neers 27-7 to re­main un­de­feated but also saw their quar­ter­back go down as Trevor Siemian de­parted with a shoul­der in­jury in the sec­ond quar­ter.

There were no QB trou­bles in Pitts­burgh, where Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw four of his five touch­down passes be­fore half­time and the Steel­ers bounced back from a 34-3 loss to the Ea­gles with a 4314 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Le’Veon Bell ran for 144 yards in his first game in more than a year. He tore a knee lig­a­ment on Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, and missed the rest of the sea­son, then was sus­pended the first three games of this year for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy. –

Photo: AFP

Ja­coby Bris­sett (left) of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots fum­bles the ball as he is hit by Zach Brown of the Buf­falo Bills in the first half at Gil­lette Sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 2.

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