With Little fanfare, Patriots Are 5-1
This is with good reason. Combined, these five teams are 26-3. They are all having phenomenal years as their best players, quarterbacks and superstars are all playing well at the right time.
With all of that said, however, there is one team that is not getting the attention they deserve. Believe it or not, we are talking about the New England Patriots.
After winning in a stunning fashion over the previously undefeated New Orleans Saints today by a score of 30-27, the Patriots are 5-1 and sit atop the AFC East. While the division is certainly not one of the best in the league, it is an extremely competitive division and one that seems to change every weekend.
While the Patriots have been one of the best teams in the league for the last decade or so, the success they are having this season is coming a lot differently than it has in years past. This season, the Patriots are winning despite missing some of their best players.
That’s right. Without the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Danny Amendola, and Stevan Ridley, the Patriots have found ways to win football games.
Obviously, every NFL team could use injuries as an excuse for their struggles. Injuries are a huge part of the NFL and when it comes to injuries to a team’s big-time player, it can certainly have a negative impact on their season.
The Patriots, however, continue to stare down adversity and do what they do to win football games. For Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the NFL, it is simply known as the Patriot way.
The team is also having success because of franchise quarterback Tom Brady’s veteran leadership. Playing with a young wide receiver corps and without Gronkowski, Brady had to learn to be patient with the team’s youngsters and learn to put them in position to succeed.
Brady did just that today in his team’s big victory over the Saints. With five seconds to go, Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins that gave his team the big win.
This play proved to Brady that having patience with these rookies was going to pay off. Brady understood what needed to be done and simply went out and did it.
Lastly, the Patriots are 5-1 this season because the team simply does not know any either way. Year in and year out, the Patriots go out, win their division and go deep into the postseason.
That has been their style for the last decade. As long as Brady and Belichick are with the team, that style will never change.
Don’t look now, folks, but the Patriots are once again one of the teams to beat if you want to show the league that you are one of the elite teams in this league.