Patriots keep winning even when they struggle

Even when they look beatable, the New England Patriots manage to win.

They were outgained Sunday night by 120 yards, held the ball for fewer than 20 minutes and watched the key to their success, Tom Brady, absorb his third straight three-sack game.

The Patriots still held off the Green Bay Packers 31-27 for their sixth straight victory. But for a coach who says the statistic that overrides all those negative numbers is a higher point total than the opponent, Bill Belichick was very concerned about his team's performance.

He said it was disappointing that the Patriots couldn't handle a lot of the basic things that the Packers did.

Now he must prepare to play in Buffalo against a Bills team with four wins in its last six games.