From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 2

9/16/13 in NFL   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A pair of New England Patriots fans watch from the stands in the rain during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots won a tight contest over the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Usually games between these two division rivals are tightly contested – and this week was no different. The twist this time is that this was likely one of the worst played games of the week. While it’s understood that the season is young, it is difficult to tell where these teams are at. From my vantage point there’s still a lot of questions:
What an ugly game. Brady was obviously frustrated with the inability of his new receiving core to get on the same page with him. He missed reads and receivers and they also ran wrong patterns. The bright spot was Julian Edelman – the lone holdover playing from last season. With Amendola out for a minimum 2-3 weeks to possibly even longer, Shane Vereen out until late November – it makes the return of Rob Gronkowski that much more critical. The running game which was good in week one was spotty at best.
The questions:
Will the young receivers catch on?
Will Edelman stay healthy until either Gronkowski returns, the young receivers catch on, and Amendola gets healthy?
Is the Jets run defense that good, or is the running game dependant on the passing game to work?
The reason this game is in the “W Column” and not a loss is due to this group and their efforts. They made a rookie quarterback look like a rookie quarterback. The pressure was there from the front seven all night long. The secondary play was mostly solid. Make no mistake about it though – there is plenty of work for them to do still, which raises the following questions:
Can they sustain their solid play and build on it?
Are we seeing this defense come of age finally? Or, are the Jets and Bills just that bad?
Special Teams:
Other than the missed field goal that could have loomed large they were mostly solid.
Maybe it was the short week and that now with 10 days off the offense can get on the same page and the defense can continue to progress. Though it was an ugly win, it’s still a win and in December/January no one cares or remembers that it was less than perfect. Let’s just hope that the answers to the questions are right ones. We look forward to seeing the Tampa Bay Bucs this coming Sunday in Foxboro.
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9/17/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21423 respect

Don't rule out the New England Patriots as one of the super bowl contenders...  If Tom Brady find a way to build more chemistry with the young receivers and continue to win games plus having Amendola and "The Gronk" back then this Pat team can be dangerous with Brady being known for making average Wide Receivers especially the ones off the streets a better receivers.  The Pats have a decent defense and a good running offense but they just need to keep winning so they can shut some of the critics up...

9/17/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61818 respect

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I haven't read this yet...I'll be back shortly but I just wanted to say that I know you posted that picture because you thought that's what you and I would look like at a rainy game. :) Crazy cousin Mike.

The game is always weird when these 2 play. This one was no different. Beat the Bucs. Thanks in advance.

9/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32736 respect

(squeak, squeak) they did it again.

9/16/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

ohwell_ wrote:
I think my son is putting Brady on the bench next week for fantasy.

Our division is a hot mess.

LOL... and I'm thinking of starting Tannehill - go figure.

9/16/13   |   ohwell_   |   16438 respect

I think my son is putting Brady on the bench next week for fantasy.

Our division is a hot mess.