From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 5
The Defense. The Bengals offense did its best to hand the Pats the Win. The Pats’ defense stepped up and did its job with the exception of the one long touchdown drive. This was the first week of being without the beast that is Vince Wilfork and they accounted for themselves well overall. They also lost Tommy Kelly late as well. Let’s hope it’s not too serious. Aqib Talib again did his part against the opposing team’s #1 in limiting AJ Green.
On Offense: Danny Amendola was on the field. Considering many didn’t think he would be back for a few weeks, this is good news.
The weather at the end of the game. What a mess. Now, I’m not blaming the loss on the weather at all because they never should have been in that position to begin with. No excuses. The rain at the end was a factor on the final drive though.
The Offense: Cincinnati has a very good defense for sure, but the line made them look All-Pro. Tom Brady was not sharp at all. The receivers were not great. You can’t have turnovers and expect to win against any NFL team no matter what level they are at. The play calling even seemed suspect. The ground game which looked somewhat positive in the first half was nonexistent in the second half. A few more runs might have taken some of the pressure off the line and Brady.
The Road Ahead:
There better be a team closer to the one that showed up in Atlanta than the one from this past week when the Saints come to town on Sunday. The Saints offense is playing well as expected and while the defense may not be perfect – they are playing light-years better than the past couple seasons. Here’s to hoping we have a watchable game this week rather than the ugliness of this past Sunday.