From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 7

10/23/13 in NFL   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Blog Photo - From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 7What an ugly week of football if you are a New England Patriots fan. I am glad that I didn’t waste four precious hours watching that nonsense. I did see the highlights, or low-lights if you prefer. Here’s some thoughts following this debacle.
 
Rob Gronkowski made his first appearance on the field during the 2013 season. In some respects he looked as good as previous, but in others he looked a little cautious. Unfortunately, to the casual fan it looked like they were trying to force feed him too often.
 
The Offensive Line. Their play was truly offensive. I’ll give credit to the Jets Defense – they’re a young, talented group, but there’s no excuses for the poor play of the line. It’s hard to say was Brady really that bad, were they forcing the ball to Gronk, or was it more because the O-Line played so bad that Brady was running for his life or sacked all too often.
 
Aqib Talib & Je’Rod Mayo. Neither played and maybe missing these two has finally made the defense crack. Mayo is out for the year and Talib could be out for a little time. I think that if they have any ideas of post season success on defense, they need Talib to be healthy  and on the field. The other DB’s play quite a bit differently than when he’s out. They will have to do a better job of getting off the field on 3rd downs going forward as there were far to many 3rd and long yardage plays converted.
 
Inability to stop the run. While the pass rush was decent, the run defense showed how much they miss big Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. Better effort is going to be required going forward.
 
The call everyone is talking about in overtime was stupid, but not the reason the game was lost. They should have put the Jets away in the 3rd Quarter and didn’t. It’s a stupid penalty and call, but thinking back to the infamous “Tuck” rule that the Pats benefited from, I guess what goes around, comes around. At least it didn’t happen in the post season.
 
The road ahead is not a whole lot easier. This week the Miami Dolphins come to Foxboro as a much improved unit over last season. Let’s hope the Offensive Line puts this game behind them and the Defense plays up to the standards it has all season.
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10/23/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

TonyDhani wrote:
as a Jets fan, i will say that was a weirdo call, and no one knew that was even a rule (but a rule nonetheless). but i agree with ironhead_mike - it wasn't the reason the pats lost. the pats went 1/12 on third down, got out-gained 383 yards - 295, lost time of possession 46:13 to 23:40, and had the more costly turnover (brady's pick 6). 

that being said, seeing Gronk pick up right where he left off is scary. Brady is having a really down year, but has been throwing to scrubs with Amendola in and out and Gronk on the shelf. I can see Brady lighting it up the rest of the way with a receiver he can finally trust back in the game. 

and in addition to the tuck rule game, let's not forget this pats o-lineman wringing the neck of saint's defender without a flag for holding on Brady's game winning pass to Thompkins in Week 6:

Gronk being back is huge and he didn't look nearly as good as he should in the next few games. This will only take pressure of the young receivers and hopefully they can finish getting on the same page.

Just the fact that the Pats played so poorly and were still in a position to win is a major miracle. Typically if you lose the turnover battle - you lose the game.

As far as the holding call... well, that happens in every game, every week, for every team and does not get picked up.

10/23/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61881 respect

It may not have been the reason they lost, but it is the reason the didn't win. :| He just needed the ball back.

10/23/13   |   TonyDhani   |   9 respect

as a Jets fan, i will say that was a weirdo call, and no one knew that was even a rule (but a rule nonetheless). but i agree with ironhead_mike - it wasn't the reason the pats lost. the pats went 1/12 on third down, got out-gained 383 yards - 295, lost time of possession 46:13 to 23:40, and had the more costly turnover (brady's pick 6). 

that being said, seeing Gronk pick up right where he left off is scary. Brady is having a really down year, but has been throwing to scrubs with Amendola in and out and Gronk on the shelf. I can see Brady lighting it up the rest of the way with a receiver he can finally trust back in the game. 

and in addition to the tuck rule game, let's not forget this pats o-lineman wringing the neck of saint's defender without a flag for holding on Brady's game winning pass to Thompkins in Week 6:

10/23/13   |   JenX63   |   32760 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
To quote a line from Days of Thunder: "So, what do we do? We look like a monkey f******g a football out there."

:P

lmao.....now that's funny

10/23/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

JenX63 wrote:
idk what happened....

To quote a line from Days of Thunder: "So, what do we do? We look like a monkey f******g a football out there."

:P

10/22/13   |   JenX63   |   32760 respect

idk what happened....