From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 2
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.
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?
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.