Last night simply stunk. The anticipation and the build up was hyped all off season, then when the banner was raised, and the game started, it was pure bliss. I was in heaven.
The offense looked absolutely incredible in the first half, aside from getting stuffed early on 4th and inches while in field goal range, they were firing on all cylinders. Then it got really weird and the Patriots ended up losing to Andy Reid and the KC Chiefs 42-27
Here are 3 areas of concern and 3 positives and 3 negatives from last night:
- The defense has serious problems right now, mainly the front 7. This team has major issues when it comes to pass rushers and run defending. They looked awful. Giving up over 350 yards passing and 180 rushing to the Chiefs is not good. Also, Kyle Van Noy CANNOT be our middle linebacker, he looked completely lost last night and seemed to be chasing all game long. You know what else, Belichick hosed this defense, he blew out all our talent whether you’d like to admit it or not. Collins, gone. Chandler Jones, gone. Trey Flowers can’t do it all.
- This offense is not the same without Julian Edelman. Last night we saw the full effects of losing Julian Edelman. They struggled mightily to find any sort of identity on offense. It went from bad to worse when Amendola was lost to a concussion. Not good.
- Brady did not look good at all. When things went wrong for the Patriots on defense in the past, Brady bailed the team out, almost always. Last night there were a lot of missed throws; high, low, and some way after the line of scrimmage. His 11 off-target passes are the most he’s had in a long time. Alex Smith looked like Tom Brady and Tom Brady looked like Alex Smith.
3 positives to take away from last night.
- The offense did show a spark in the first half, and they will do great things when they are on the same page. Mike Gillislee is a stud. He is so much more than I thought he would be. He literally runs right through people.
- I’m superstitious, the last 3 times the Patriots have lost the home opener, they went on to win the Super Bowl. Also, the last time they looked awful against the Chiefs, they went on to win the Super Bowl. Games like this give Belichick lots of film to study. I trust he will fix the issues.
- It was tough to find a third positive, but that opening ceremony was incredible, there’s nothing like banner night.
That wide open pass to Dwayne Allen to start the game was very bizarre to me. And that TD pass that was called back against Gronk was a touchdown. The reason they said it wasn’t was that the ball hit the ground. Bobble, maybe, but it didn’t hit the ground. The reason they gave as to why it was incomplete wasn’t accurate.
8 days until New Orleans, I’m looking forward to seeing how they regroup, because there’s a lot to clean up, in all aspects; offense, defense and coaching