Welcome to Wednesday’s Monday Morning Humble Pie edition!
The Patriots played on Monday Night and yesterday was a super busy day before the long week and weekend of Thanksgiving awesomeness! So, today I’ll dish out some humble pie and believe me there is plenty of players who have earned it after the Pats barely bruised out a win against the Buffalo Bills Monday Night, 20-13.
1. Patriots OL
They were obviously making the list and making it at number one no doubt. They played their worst game of the season Monday Night and it was a night where a lot of starters return. They gave up 13 total QB hits and that can’t happen again this season. Aside from the fact it makes it hard for the Pats to score points that way, it’s a bad way to get Brady hurt. The line better dig deep and as Brady said Monday Night, play with some pride, because Sunday they face the Broncos pass rushers.
2. The Wide Receivers
Get open and get open fast! They did not do that Monday Night when the Bills would rush four and drop eight into coverage. The Bills beat Brady up with only four pass rushers because the line can only give him around 1.5 seconds to throw the ball and with 8 in coverage the wide outs are not getting open nearly fast enough for Brady to make the quick passes, hence all the hits and sacks. Danny Amendola did good so this isn’t aimed at him, but rather at the rest of the wide outs and tight ends. Getting open fast is where the Pats missed and will miss Edelman.
3. Tight Ends
Hey really insanely big tight ends, where are you guys? Gronk made one big play in the game, a 27 yard reception and it was an amazing catch, but other than that, not much. The Bills used defensive backs to cover him, but they rarely let him off the line, using linebackers to bang him around and he actually looked like he didn’t enjoy it. Chandler hasn’t made an impact this season and he should be since he’s so friggin big and tall. He should be an obvious threat in the red zone but isn’t. If there was ever a time for him to step up now would be it.
4. The Run Game
The Bills run defense is excellent and the Pats line was awful, so combining those together the run game didn’t have much of a chance. But, even so, they need to start finding ways to make plays and I’m mostly talking about LeGarrette Blount.
Individual players who deserve some humble pie.
1. OL Marcus Cannon
He had an awful game. He was getting beat left and right and drawing flags. Cannon allowed four QB hits and three hurries. He can’t play left tackle well, at least not right now, so he may get moved around, but yeah he has to be so much better moving forward.
2. OL Sebastian Vollmer
He’s suppose to be the best or one of the best linemen we have left, but he didn’t play like it on Monday Night. He gave up a sack and three hurries, that’s not good enough to help this team score points. We have to hope it was just rust, but he has to be better this weekend.
3. OL Shaq Mason
Two QB hits and three hurries and he wasn’t even good in the run game which is what he excels at, what a horrible game. I could put only offensive linemen on this top five list and that isn’t good.
4. WR Brandon LaFell
Danny Amendola did his thing and stepped up, but LaFell needs to do just a tad more than he did on Monday. Now, he was open a few times deep, Brady just missed him, but he needs to be a stud in the coming weeks to help with the loss of Edelman. Good thing we all know he can and will.
5. OL Josh Kline
Get better son! He’s been doing good, but he wasn’t his best Monday night, but he wasn’t his worst. He gave up a QB hit and two hurries and on a night where Vollmer, Mason, and Cannon fell apart, they needed him to step up a bit more than he did.