From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 14

12/12/13 in NFL   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), accompanied by Dr. Thomas Gill, is carted off the field after being injured during the third quarter of New England's 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots welcomed the Cleveland Browns to Foxboro for Week 14 of the 2013 NFL Season. This was a bit of a maddening game for Patriots fans as this team once again had to pull out a miracle at the end in order to win. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way they hung in there and didn’t quit, but they cannot continue to expect this to continue week after week. Here are some things I took away from this game: 
  • The Patriots Defense did a good job of keeping it close early on, but faltered some late.
  • The run defense was better, but then again Cleveland is not exactly lighting it up on the ground this year. 
  • Josh Gordon is a beast and he beat Aqib Talib like a rented mule. That being said, Talib does not look the same since injuring his hip earlier in the year. 
  • Losing Rob Gronkowski is going to hurt, but it feels like the offense is better prepared to be without him now than earlier in the year with Amendola and Vereen back to full strength. The biggest issue with losing him I think will be felt in the Red Zone areas where he is a matchup nightmare. In addition, the rookies look better than earlier in the year- though two were MIA this past week. They will still move the ball, but they won’t have the matchup advantage that they had with Gronk playing. 
  • What looked like a soft schedule for the last quarter of the regular season is shaping up to be a little more difficult than anticipated on paper. They nearly lost to the Browns, the Dolphins are fighting for a playoff spot, Baltimore has found a way to win some games, and Buffalo is never an easy out for this team. The pressure is on to keep winning though as the Bengals are only a game back and they own the tie breaker. 
  • Stephen Gostkowski is having a career year. The kicking game has been solid all year and the onside kick was perfectly executed.
 Let’s hope for a better four quarter effort this week as they head to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins.
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12/13/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61572 respect

Capt Find A Way! I don't even have the words, lol.

Sorry about Gronk.