The New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets yesterday in overtime on a “Push Call.”
The flag gave the Jets another shot at the game winning field goal 44 yards out instead of 56 yard out. The Jets connected and won the game, 30 – 27.
The Patriots were dealt their second loss of the season and it has left a bad taste in the players, coaches, and fans’s mouth.
I took away 3 glaring issues from the game.
The Offensive Line is a real problem
The offensive line has been a major issue all season long. Tom Brady isn’t going to throw a lot of completions and score touchdowns if he doesn’t have time throughout the game. The Patriots scored 14 points in the first half on offense when Brady was being protected, and the offense did well but in the 2nd half when Brady was getting harassed by the Jets line the Patriots could only score 6 points. That was the difference, the line is having trouble protecting Brady.
Beating Brady and other great QBs require you to get to them, and when a team pressure Brady the Patriots can’t score much. If Brady has time he will rip a defense apart and I don’t care how good their secondary is.
The offensive line has to be fixed heading forward and if New England wants any shot in the playoffs.
Right now, the Patriots would NOT want to play the Chiefs, Colts, or Bengals in the playoffs with their good defensive line that boast great pass rushers because New England doesn’t have a shot to win if this line doesn’t fix itself.
Brady has been sacked 13 times in the last 3 games, and that is unacceptable.
Aaron Dobson isn’t catching on
2nd round draft pick Aaron Dobson isn’t catching on with this offense or to balls. He still hasn’t developed any chemistry with Tom Brady and it is beginning to really show the disconnect between these two.
Yesterday, Brady threw a deep pass to Dobson but Dobson got caught up in hand fighting with Cromartie to really try for the football or catch up with it. Later on when Dobson did get separation Brady missed him, and later on in the 4th Brady threw a back shoulder pass but Dobson wasn’t ready for it. He kept on running and the ball fell incomplete which drew the ire of Tom Brady who was very upset with the rookie.
Brady forced the ball to Gronk the entire game and at times it seemed like he didn’t care if he was covered or not, the ball was going to Gronk. It is getting to the point where it seems like Brady would rather not throw to Dobson much at all or any rookies for that matter. Brady will throw the most to Gronk, Edelman, Collie, and Amendola. Brady wants to avoid throwing to the rookies as much as possible or least it seems that way, and I can’t blame him. They drop a lot of passes, run the wrong routes, and he doesn’t trust them in the least. Brady will go to them when he has too but he isn’t going to look for them like the others, especially Dobson.
It is worrisome that in 7 games Dobson hasn’t improved much, he is doing a little better from that first Jets game, but not enough to have confidence in him for the season.
Total in the game against the Jets Dobson was targeted 7xs and caught 3 for 34 yards. Thompkins was only targeted 5xs in the game yesterday.
The Patriots and Brady really zoned in on Gronk yesterday, throwing his way 17xs, and 8 were caught for 114 yards.
The defense isn’t the same without Talib
The defense was missing a lot of people yesterday, notable Talib. The defense gave up a lot of big plays without Talib and made Geno Smith, a rookie, look like Peyton Manning.
It reminded me of the way the defense played in the AFC Title Game against the Ravens in the first half with Talib and then how they looked without him in the 2nd half. His impact on the defense is undeniable, they are just better with him. For the Patriots to have any legit chance this postseason, Talib has to stay HEALTHY.
Alfonzo Dennard and Devin McCourty did great in coverage in the game but Kyle Arrington and Steven Gregory really struggled. Talib and Dennard would have shut down the number 1 and 2 receivers for the Jets while the Patriots could have put Arrington and Gregory in double coverage, or situations that were better for them.
Tommy Kelly will be a welcome sight to that defensive line. Brandon Spikes, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones did good but in the 2nd half the Jets were getting too much push. It is a struggle to replace Wilfork and Mayo but New England has too.
Once Tommy Kelly is back it should help stiffen up the struggling run defense. Kelly, Spikes, Vellano, and Jones will all be out there together to stop the run, and with all of them they should boast a good enough run defense.