From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 8
The first half this team could not get out of its own way and looked totally inept – not what you would expect from a Belichik coached team – ever. The recent 3rd Quarter performances had this game looking like it was going in the “L” column for sure.
Defense: This game was heading to be a blowout in the first half with a score of 17-3. The defense played well in the second half after getting a gift missed field goal early and then shut the Dolphins out the rest of the way. All six sacks and three turnovers were obtained in the second half. Help is on the way up front this week with the acquisition of veteran Nose Tackle Isaac Sapoaga from the Eagles.
Offense: Tom Brady was very un-Brady like. The entire offense had less than 60 yards in the first half? No wonder they were booed off the field. The offensive line was awful and the loss – maybe for the season – of Sebastian Vollmer was just a small part of the problems. Too many hurries, too many drops, too many missed assignments. Something clicked in the third quarter though as they reeled off 24 unanswered points – 17 of them in the 3rd quarter. Aaron Dobson had a solid second half and probably has the most potential of the rookie receivers, which is important as Gronkowski was stuffed for most of the game. The running game was also solid in the second half with the three-headed monster of Ridley/Blount/Bolden. The offense is going to have to figure out how to be consistent soon.
Special Teams: Solid game by this crew including having a hand in two missed field goals.
The road ahead: The Pittsburgh Steelers come to town next week licking their wounds from a loss in Oakland. An injured animal is a dangerous animal. I expect them to come fighting and the Pats better start this game better than the last or it’s going to be a long day.