On Sunday, the Pats did what they do best, bounce back from a loss. The Patriots not only won the game, but answered all the doubts that arose after their defeat to the Chiefs a little of a week ago. Lets jump into it:
36 Points, 555 yards, zero turnovers, and a 69th career TD grab for Gronk… Hard to be too picky with this one. The question around the Patriots offense was never if they would figure it out, it was when would the figure it out. This week… they figured it out. Brady threw for 3 TD in the first quarter, which astonishingly was the first time he had done so in his career. On top the Touchdowns, Brady connected with 9 different receivers, displaying the offense is not only dependent of Edelman and Gronkowski. Out of the backfield, Gillislee shined as a lead runner, powering for 69 yards and a TD on 18 carries. White, Lewis, and Burkhead played large roles in the receiving game, showing how dynamic the RB core is. The only real negative to draw from today’s game on the offensive side of the ball were the injuries. An apparent groin injury to Gronk and lower body injury to newly acquired Phillip Dorsett, is the last thing the pats need to an already depleted receiving corps. If the patriots offense can stay healthy, the skies the limit… if not, it could be a long season.
Although the defense only allowed 20 points to a very potent New Orleans offense, they did give up 429 yards. Though they made strides from their embarrassing opening nights, the exploitation of the secondary for big plays is cause for concern. To be fair to the defensive backs, the lack of pass rush today as well as in the opener led to break down in coverage downfield. Getting Hightower back will no doubt help anchor the patriots defense, but an acquisition on the defensive line is necessary if the Patriots want to completely mend their defensive struggles for the coming future.
Brady-Belichick and the rest of the Patriots squad made a statement Sunday that their week 1 collapse was only a fluke, and not a fundamental issue. The biggest concern going forward should not be the offense or defense, it should be the health.
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