Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown, and the New England Patriots’ defense smothered the Buffalo Bills’ anemic offense in a 25-6 win on Monday night.

James White scored on a 1-yard run, and the Patriots relied more on Stephen Gostkowski’s leg than on Tom Brady’s arm for their fifth straight win, which improved their AFC East-leading record to 6-2. Brady finished 29 of 45 for 324 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.

New England Patriots' Julian Edelman, right, collects a punted ball as Buffalo Bills' Andre Holmes, left, and Ramon Humber tackle him down during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman, right, collects a punted ball as Buffalo Bills’ Andre Holmes, left, and Ramon Humber tackle him down during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Gostkowski hit four of five field-goal attempts, including two from 25 yards after New England drives stalled inside Buffalo’s 10.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) makes a catch against New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) makes a catch against New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

McCourty sealed the win with 5:54 remaining by intercepting Derek Anderson’s pass over the middle intended for LeSean McCoy and taking it to the end zone.

Two plays before the pick, Bills tight end Jason Croom’s diving one-handed touchdown catch was negated following a video review. Replays clearly showed Croom never had possession in attempting to make the 25-yard catch, which would have made it a one-score game.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott argues with NFL field judge Dale Shaw, not pictured, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott argues with NFL field judge Dale Shaw, not pictured, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo lost its third straight and dropped to 2-6 for its worst start since opening the 2010 season with eight losses.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson reacts after a play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson reacts after a play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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Source: The Associated Press