Tony Collins broke open a tight game with two one-yard touchdown runs within three minutes late in the third quarter, and Tony Eason threw three scoring passes as the New England Patriots whipped the winless and error-prone Buffalo Bills, 38-10, today.
With the score tied at 10, the Patriots (7-4) got the ball at their 49-yard line after a punt and moved to Buffalo's 36 on Eason's 15-yard pass to Greg Hawthorne. Brian Carpenter then was penalized for interfering with receiver Cedric Jones in the end zone. Collins got the go-ahead touchdown on the next play, with 2:50 left in the third period.
Buffalo (0-11) punted on its next series, and Irving Fryar returned John Kidd's 42-yard kick 28 yards to the Bills' 35. Eason passed to Derrick Ramsey for a 23-yard gain and to Jones for 11 yards to the one. On the next play, the last of the third period, Collins again barreled in to make it 24-10.
Eason turned the game into a rout with fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 24 yards to Stanley Morgan and seven yards to Jones; it was the latter's second score of the game.
The Patriots intercepted three passes, recovered one fumble and recorded eight sacks, six against starting quarterback Joe Ferguson.
Morgan, who caught five passes for 68 yards, has 297 receptions, breaking Gino Cappelletti's team record of 292.