The New England Patriots sent a message to the now defeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football with a big statement win. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins defensively, but offensively, it was a statement. Brady and his offense are firing on all cylinders and the AFC East still goes through Foxboro, sorry Miami.
The Patriots set a record on the way to their 43-40 win becoming the first team in NFL history to not punt the ball and not have an accepted penalty against. A completely clean card on the score sheet.
Patriots set an NFL record tonight, becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to not punt or commit a penalty in an entire game
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 15, 2018
What a day for Ryan Allen. The guy gets to come to the stadium and collect a nice pay check without having to do anything. As if being a punter wasn’t already an NFL dream job to begin with.
With the win last night, Tom Brady became the first NFL QB to reach 200 wins in the regular season. His 200 regular season wins are 14 more than the next closest QB (P. Manning).
As for the defense, they looked good in the first half, but the second half was a completely different story. I’d say the defense doesn’t worry me one bit while we still have Brady, but then I think of February against the Eagles and that quickly dampens my mood. Belichick’s defense is always a work in progress and games like this give him plenty of film to dissect, I wouldn’t be surprised if they shut out the Bears this week.
Yesterday was also a big win for the battle for home field advantage. The Patriots are now 4-2 while the Chiefs fall to 5-1, and they sit just one game back now for home field and holding the tie breaker.