The Patriots defeated the Redskins, 27-10, yesterday to improve 8-0 on the season. It was an impressive win for the Boston team who was sloppy all day, especially on offense.
I didn’t get to do one the day after the Miami win, but nobody on the Pats team deserved humble pie and they all deserved some doughnuts, so there you go.
But, today after the Pats win over Washington, some players and positions deserve some good ole fashion humble pie.
1. Turnovers on Offense:
Stop turning the ball over guys! They have been good at that to start the season, but in the last few days, they have been a little more careless with the football. Tom Brady threw a bad interception and Edelman fumbled the ball away. Not good.
2. Pressure on the QB:
I’d love to see more of a consistent pass rush without blitzing, especially by Ninkovich.
3. Pass Coverage:
The pass coverage wasn’t bad, but in the first half, the Redskins dropped passes by the dozen. They were open they just couldn’t catch the ball, so the corners and the secondary better get better than relying on drops.
4. Wide Outs:
The pass-catchers for the Patriots seem to struggle to get open for Tom Brady, leading to a sloppy game. Amendola and Gronk were limited throughout the game.
5. Offensive, Focus:
They didn’t seem to be the most focus groups of guys out on the field. Didn’t take care of the football, Brady didn’t throw some of the best passes, and the players weren’t getting open. They still put up 27, but not their best day and focus I believe played a role in that.
Individual Players who deserve some humble pie this morning.
1. DE Rob Ninkovich:
He had a fumble recovery, and he’s a very good player, no doubt, but I would love to see more of a consistent pass rush against Quarterbacks.
2. WR Julian Edelman:
He was excellent, five catches for 55 yards and 1 touchdown, so you are wondering why he makes this list? Because, he fumbled the ball away and has accounted for 40% of the Pats turnovers this season. If you turn the ball over, you get on the list, especially if this isn’t the first time.
3. QB Tom Brady:
He didn’t throw for 300 yards, what!? That’s mostly because the Patriots went to the ground in the 2nd half, so no wonder, but 299 yards and 2 touchdowns is a pretty good day for a sloppy offense led by this QB. He was good, no doubt, but he did throw a bad interception early in the game. To make it worse, it was in the red zone, and he didn’t see the defender waiting on the pass. Can’t do that Brady! Like I said, if you turn it over, you might make the list.
4. WR Danny Amendola:
He didn’t have his best game and I felt like some of the wide outs could have done a better job at getting open, so get open guys!
5. TE Rob Gronkowski: The Redskins did a good job at keeping Gronk limited which doesn’t happen very often, so hat tip to you Redskins.