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Patriots Talk: What the Pats did Wrong Last Night

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It was a hyped up Season Opener last night [Thursday] as the Patriots unveiled their new Super Bowl Banner.  New England was playing Kansas City and when the Patriots scored the first Touchdown it felt good.

Yet the night would shift quickly and reach a real sour note on the field.  The Patriots would eventually give up several big plays that iced them from winning the game.  They lost [42-27] to the Chiefs.  Here are a few take aways from the game but more specifically, what the Patriots did wrong:

After the first fumble of the game, the Pats got the ball back yet they failed to score.  This was huge during the game.  The Patriots got the ball back in good field position and they failed to get a first down.  It was awful!  They went for it on 4th and inches and got stopped short.

What were they thinking?  What they did wrong was not to run the Tom Brady style QB Sneak.  I mean seriously, they could have pulled it off easy!  He has done it so many times in his career that it seemed like the only reason that they didn’t do it was to keep him from getting hit.  In my opinion this was a real mistake for the team.

Defense, Defense, Defense!  They didn’t play well on D.  What they did wrong was have one on one with Linebackers on KC receivers.  It was awful!  I mean they needed to play something like a “cover 2” with Safety help for the middle of the field or over the top.  What I saw last night shouldn’t have happened.  Even with the Linebackers covering Receivers, their were blown assignments.  T. Hill kept getting open the same way, time and time again.  Scoring on deep down field passes.

The Defense didn’t bend but broke!  Listen this is the Achilles Heel of the Team.  It was something we noticed during Preseason. They aren’t fast enough and they certainly aren’t experienced enough to handle the spread Offense.  Dont’a Hightower is their best Linebacker but when he went out of the game there was no one else who stepped up.  Boy, was it disappointing?

What they should have done was Blitz!  I know it sounds ridiculous but listen Alex Smith had all day to throw.  They didn’t put enough pressure on him as he dropped back to pass.  They needed to play more physical and take away the deep threat.  Hey, I know it sounds easy from my arm chair right now but seriously they needed to sack him!  What else can you do but set up a zone Defense?  The Pats Secondary didn’t play well.  They did some good things, like covering the short gains.  But if you can’t take away the deep threat then you are in trouble.  And the Patriots got into trouble in the 2nd Half of the Game.

There was yet another point in the game where the Pats went for it on 4th and inches.  Yet once again they didn’t go to the Tom Brady Style QB Sneak.  Which is what they should have done.  For whatever reason they wanted to run the ball and they failed at getting the 1st Down.  If you string these two 4th Down opportunities together you can say they missed out on two TD scoring chances.  That’s 14 Points!  Enough to make it a closer game and even tie the game with a 2 Point Conversion.  I know the game went sour but looking back these were the critical plays on Offense.  These were the plays that we know that they could have made with their Offense.

With hind sight being 20/20 I think that the Patriots have a lot to work on.  They can see their mistakes.  We can see their mistakes.  And I bet you anything that this Bill Belichick Team will be making corrections.  Listen Bill won’t stand for anything short of good.  So with “No Days Off” expect some real moves to get this team where it should be at.  Week 2 against Drew Brees looms near!

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Patriots Win Means It Is Business As Usual

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The New England Patriots defeated the New Orleans Saints 36-20 on Sunday to pick up their first win of the season. The win brings the Patriots record to 1-1. Notching this win against Drew Brees and crew means it is business as usual at Gillette Stadium.

Despite having some players knocked around the Patriots offense showcased a number of different looks and was very effective against a piss poor Saints defense.

New England attacked the Saints defense with their running backs starting the game with a power style of running behind fullback James Develin. Like CBS color analyst Tony Romo pointed out, this style felt old school 2001 Patriots. This allowed the Patriots to run the ball right at the Saints front seven and then later open up the field in the passing game.

With the wideouts being battered, Tom Brady relied on his receiving backs like James White who snagged 8 catches, and Rex Burkhead who had 4 catches of his own including an opening drive touchdown catch. Brady also relied heavily on tight end Rob Gronkowski who had 6 catches en route to 116 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on the second Patriots drive of the day.

The first quarter was the one of note for Brady as all three of his passing touchdowns on the day game in the first quarter. it was the first time in the future hall of famers career that he had a first quarter with three passing touchdowns. His final line of the day was 30-39 with 447 passing yards. This was the 10th time in his career that he has eclipsed the 400+ passing yard marker.

Defensively the Patriots held a Sean Payton offense to 20 points. A solid effort with the defense limiting the big plays that cost them in their first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While it was key not to overreact to the Patriots week 1 loss, it is also important to not overreact to their week 2 win. The Saints defense is bad, really bad. And the Patriots are truly battered at the receiver position with now Gronk and Burkhead dealing with injuries in addition to Julian Edelman who is out for the year along with Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola who will return at some point.

Brandin Cooks, the newly acquired receiver was quite against his former team. To me, the injuries paired with Cooks lack of a breakout game is still a concerning matter. But seeing the Patriots defense remain strong and hold Brees and the Saints to 20 points is huge.

Eyes must now point forward to next Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots 1st Win For the Season In New Orleans 36-20

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It was an exciting day inside the dome.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots playing in the Super Dome, against the New Orleans Saints.  They played well today on [Sunday] and seemed to be well prepared in the 10 Day week.  Here are some take aways from the game on Sunday’s [36-20] Win:

Rob Gronkowski was huge.  Tight End Rob Gronkowski had a huge game against the Saints.  He had a 50+ yard Touchdown in the 1st Quarter.  It was spectacular, to say the least!  This is a guy who refuses to get tackled.  Gronk got open on the sideline and evaded the tackle for the TD.  It was just what they needed at the right time.  He would go on to catch over 100+ yards for the game.  Although he went out of the game with a Groin Injury.  Hopefully he’ll be back for next weeks game.

Chris Hogan had a good game.  He made a TD reception in the end of the 1st Quarter.  It was a beautiful pass to the corner of the field.  It could have been called back because of a pick play at the line of scrimmage but luckily the Officials got the call right.  They gave them the touchdown and boy was every TD score important.

Tom Brady had a great game on Sunday.  He threw for 3 TDs in the 1st Quarter of the game.  Which was a first for him, I mean have a game will ya!  TB12 was laser sharp today.  He was quiet inside the pocket as Tony Romo pointed out.  He has a quiet on your feet type approach.   Something we have come to identify from Tom Brady.  He holds on to the ball as long as possible before making a play.  He shifts slowly in the pocket to get room to throw.  How he does it is masterful.  I mean this is a guy who isn’t effected by defensive pressure.  He steps in the pocket and is calm, cool, collective while throwing a pass.  He is just automatic!

The Defense came to play!  Yes, the defense made some fantastic stops against a Drew Brees Offense.  It was something that we have come to expect from a Bill Belichick Team.  They button down the mistakes and learned from last week.  This week the Defense made the Saints’ Running game non existent.  It was great!  Adrian Peterson was held to just a few yards.  They played against him just perfectly and forced the Saints’ to throw the ball more.  Their stops on 3rd and long were just incredible.  And their stops in the Red Zone were particularly impressive.  The Saints had to settle for Field Goals, which didn’t help against a Brady led offense.

The Patriots went old school on New Orleans.  New England lined up several times with the Fullback in the I formation.  With injuries at Wide Receiver, the Offense used the back field a lot more.  They weren’t afraid to use Devlin in the back field or as a wide out.  Yep, it was old school offense from 2001.  And you know what?  It worked!  The Pats found a way to work around their lack of slot receiving.  Their line ups exploited what coverage their opponent’s Defense was.  It was a way for Tom Brady to audible before the snap.

In all I’d have to say that the Patriots did everything right.  Look for their Backfield to get more Receptions.  As they are looking to replace their Slot Receivers of Julian Edtilman and Danny Amandola.  Their next game is Sunday, September 24th against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium, at 1pm ET on CBS.  With today’s Win they should be good to go!  Hopefully Gronk and Amandolo will be healthy for it.

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

 

The New England Patriots are, in under an hour, going to be facing off against the equally win-less New Orleans Saints. Belichick and the team are going to have some serious adjusts today according to Mike Reiss, ESPN Reporter around the New England Patriots. He reported that team captain and Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who was sidelined last week against the Kansas City Chiefs with a minor MCL sprain, sought a second opinion on his injury from Dr. James Andrews.

 

While many assumed that the injury was merely minor, it could be something likely worse. Dr. Andrews has connections within the Pats organization, specifically with Patriots’ medical director, Dr. Mark D. Price, a former colleague in Alabama years ago. If Ian Rapoport’s initial report was from Dr. Price’s personal diagnosis on Hightower, then we can hope that Dr. Andrews agrees and Hightower’s injury is nothing severe. Many athletes in this sport know injury leads to lost minutes to play on the field, which means lost income. Hightower being on the sidelines for today’s game and possibly into next week depending on the severity of the injury, is a blow to this team’s defense no matter what is said.

 

And among the current inactives list for the New England Patriots heading into this game:

 

  • LB Don’ta Hightower (Defensive Team Captain)
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • OT Cole Croston
  • ST Nate Ebner
  • ST Matthew Slater (Special Teams Captain)
  • DT Vincent Valentine
  • OT LaAdrian Waddle

 

The New Orleans Saints inactives list is also available:

 

  • LB Stephone Anthony
  • OT Terron Armstead
  • WR Austin Carr
  • CB Ken Crawley
  • QB Taysom Hill
  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • OT Zach Strief (Offensive Team Captain)

 

 

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