A brief analysis of last Sunday’s victory over the Miami Dolphins as well as a look ahead to Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Whack a Moore: The Patriots defense sacked Matt Moore seven times and intercept two of his passes last Sunday in what was an under-the radar dominant performance. Moore is probably still picking grass out of his helmet. What’s even better about this performance is that everybody contributed, with two players (Tre Flowers and Elandon Roberts) recording two sacks while three players (Eric Lee, Kyle Van Noy Jonathan Jones) and recorded one sack. Even the interceptions were spread out as Stephon Gilmore and Duron Harmon each got one. Given what we’ve seen in past weeks from the Patriots defense is forcing people to blow these stats out of proportion,but still there’s no denying that this was a great performance.
TD-Rex: Rex Burkhead had a solid game on Sunday, finishing with 50 rushing yards and two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving). The rushing touchdown was Burkhead’s first of the season and this was also his first multi-touchdown game of the season (better yet his first as a Patriot). He has the potential to be a great weapon for the Patriots so let’s hope that this is just a sign of things to come. Burkhead remaining on track will make this offense even more dynamic.
Gronkowski Gets His Biscuits: Rob Gronkowski really wanted some of Tom Brady’s thanksgiving biscuits but I’m sure he’ll settle for the double portion of touchdown biscuits he received on Sunday. This was Gronk’s 16th game with multiple touchdown receptions, the most in Patriots history. He looked as dominant as ever, running over defenders left and right. If Gronkowski stays on his strict touchdown biscuit diet, nothing will stand in the way of the Patriots going back to the Super Bowl.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
Dropping Like Flies: Six Patriots players left Sunday’s game with an injury. The most notable injured players were Special Teams ace Nate Ebner (who got hurt on a successful fake punt), DL Trey Flowers and LB Kyle Van Noy. Flowers and Van Noy should be fine for the foreseeable future but Ebner was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. The Patriots are great st moving forward despite injuries but every team has it’s breaking point and it seems that the Patriots just might be one injury away from being Super Bowl contenders to fighting for their playoff lives. Especially if something were to happen to Tom Brady (knocks on wood).
Don’t Hit the Quarterback: Speaking of Brady, he took a lot of shots last Sunday. Most of them from Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. There has been debate that on one of Wake’s shots at Brady he attempted to tear TB12’s ACL. The intent of the hit is neither here nor there but imagine if it actually injured Brady. What would happen to the physical and mental construction of this team? It’s no secret that the Patriots have had some injuries on their Offensive Line,?but they need to protect Brady better if they want to go back to the Super Bowl. The next hit that Brady takes could severely hurt him and this team’s chances of hoisting the Lombardi trophy for the sixth time.
Speaking of the Offensive Line: One of the most glaring miscues from Sunday’s game came from the Offensive Line. Late in the second quarter, backup Center Ted Karras (filling in for an injured David Andrews) sent a snap soaring over Tom Brady’s head. Dolphins Safety Reshad Jones scooped up the ball and took it into the end zone for Miami’s first points of the game. Bill Belichick probably still has Karras running laps at this moment. These unforced errors can cause teams to lose games and will drive coaches crazy. For the sake of Belichick’s unforgiving wrath, let’s hope that the Patriots can limit their careless mistakes going forward.
TWO POINT CONVERSION
Winging it In Buffalo: The Patriots head to Buffalo for a showdown with the their division rival Bills this Sunday. Ordinarily a game against the Bills would be considered a cakewalk for the Patriots, but that might not be the case this time around. Fresh off a seemingly undeserved benching, Tyrod Taylor will have something to prove and could possibly light the Patriots up like a Christmas tree. At the same time, the Patriots offense is just too good right now. Brady is going to torch the Bills defense (per usual). Expect another Patriots victory just not as lopsided as year’s past. At the end of the day, the Patriots better not take the Bills lightly.
Final Score Prediction: Patriots 31-Bills 21