From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 3

9/24/13 in NFL   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Blog Photo - From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 3It’s already week three of the 2013 NFL season and there are several unexpected things happening throughout the league. At the beginning of the year many thought that the Patriots would be 3-0 to start the season – and so they are. However, things did not go nearly as smoothly as we thought they might. The good news is they have won the games they should have won so far. If history repeats itself again this year, this team will only get stronger as the year goes on. Case in point was yesterday’s game. Tampa played awful and the Pats found their way after a rough first quarter of play. Here’s one fan’s view of the three phases of the game:
 
Offense:
The first quarter had most of us fans saying: “You had 10 days off to work on your game and this is the best you can come up with?” Then the second quarter came and it’s like a switch was flipped. Passes were completed, runs made, blocks held and confidence grew. Before you knew it the Patriots had the Bucs right where they wanted them – fighting from behind. While this unit looked and performed better, there is still much work to be done and more challenging defenses are awaiting them the rest of the way. The good news for the offense – Rob Gronkowski should be back next week. The bad news is that Tackle Sebastian Vollmer was seen leaving in a walking boot.
 
Defense:
Three games down and it is largely due to their efforts that this team is 3-0 right now. They seemed a little sloppy at the beginning of the game, but by the second quarter had tightened it up considerably. Aqib Talib playing his former team stepped up and had a big performance showing why he was important to re-sign in the off-season. The Patriots have not had this kind of shut down corner in years. The front seven were again stout as Doug Martin had 88 yards on the ground – but half of those came in garbage time.
 
Special Teams:
Gostkowski was solid again. Rookie punter Ryan Allen still does not look like the same player in the preseason. It is a little curious as to why LeGarrette Blount is returning kick-offs and not Leon Washington.
 
The Road Ahead:
This coming week has the team traveling to Atlanta in what should be their toughest test of the year. They catch a break in that Steven Jackson will likely be out or very limited and Roddy White appears banged up. We’ll see if the progress continues or if the Dirty Birds start playing as they were expected to at the outset of the season.
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9/26/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Beaneaters wrote:
Nice article. I am hoping the Pats get caught with their britches down this week.

devil

I'm hoping they've acquired sturdy suspenders because they have had a case of "plumber's crack" this season. :P

9/25/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17372 respect

Nice article. I am hoping the Pats get caught with their britches down this week.

devil

9/24/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

yes

9/24/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59487 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
Yeah, the fact that I didn't see the Birds being 1-3 through the first 4 games is a little concerning. Get'em while you can because I don't think you can say the same thing in December.

Well, we've lost I think 2 definitely for the season, so who knows...I'm floating on irrational optimism right now.

9/24/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Well put.

Prepare to be defeated.

Yeah, the fact that I didn't see the Birds being 1-3 through the first 4 games is a little concerning. Get'em while you can because I don't think you can say the same thing in December.

9/24/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59487 respect

Well put.

Prepare to be defeated.