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Sport Face it: This Patriots’ offense isn’t good enough

08:45  11 october  2019
08:45  11 october  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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“Let’s face it , they’re not good anymore.” It ’s a lot less controversial of a statement than it was in “Obviously, we aren’ t playing well enough to win, and it comes in a lot of different ways, turnovers, and just But it is who these Patriots are. The run defense is in shambles, Rob Gronkowski is a ghost

But it wasn’ t seamless. The Patriots faced their first deficit of the season when the Redskins led, 7-0, in the early going. The New England defense allowed A push toward an undefeated season seemed within reach when the Patriots added wide receiver Antonio Brown to their offense after he was

FOXBOROUGH — Instant analysis from the Patriots’ 35-14 win over the Giants:

a football player on a field: Despite passing for 334 yards, Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense was not running smoothly against the Giants.© Barry Chin Despite passing for 334 yards, Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense was not running smoothly against the Giants.

■  Forget the final score. The Patriots’ offense is just not good enough to win the AFC right now. The offensive line can’t open up holes in the run game or give Tom Brady enough time to throw. The receiving corps is getting decimated by injuries. And Brady looks like a shell of himself – throwing wildly, not protecting the ball and locking onto receivers. He doesn’t look comfortable playing with his teammates.

The upcoming mini-bye will help the Patriots with their injuries. But they are really thin at receiver and tight end, and badly need to trade for one before the Oct. 29 trade deadline (or, ahem, bring back a certain former Steelers receiver).

Patriots win despite one of worst performances by offense in Belichick era

  Patriots win despite one of worst performances by offense in Belichick era Their 224 total yards was the fewest since 2009 as Tom Brady and offense failed to get anything going against the Bills defense.■  The Patriots won, but the offense played so poorly that this game feels more like a loss. There is no shame in getting shut down by an excellent Bills defense, but rarely have the Patriots looked so inept on offense. They gained just 224 yards on Sunday, their sixth-fewest yards in the Bill Belichick era, and their fewest since 2009.

" This isn ' t the time for me to reflect," he said. "I have a job to do, and there is no point in looking back at anything, whether we won Super Bowls or lost That he returned when Gronkowski's hamstring was also healing was a bonus, and it revealed what the Patriots ' offense at full power will look like: the

Not good enough ," Nagy said, via the team's official website. "You put in a lot of work to be better , and we know where we're at. Nagy knows he needs to get more from his offense in the future, so he isn ' t always asking his defense to be perfect. "I want to see when these times happen, that we can do a

Does anyone think the Patriots’ offense, as currently constructed, can keep up with the Chiefs or Texans? I sure don’t.

And Brady might not, either. After the game, I asked Brady for his assessment of the offense, and whether he and his teammates are good enough right now. Brady paused for several seconds, shrugging his shoulders several times.

“We’ll see,” he said.

That answer tells us everything we need to know. The Patriots need to get healthy, and need to add more firepower on offense.

■  The Patriots were lucky they were playing a Triple A offense and a Giants coach too afraid to take any chances. The Patriots’ defense had yet another dominant performance, forcing four turnovers and scoring a touchdown. They forced three Daniel Jones interceptions, and their only hiccup came on a 64-yard touchdown to Golden Tate, who beat tight coverage by Jonathan Jones on a deep fade then burned Duron Harmon to the end zone. Of course, the defense is going to look great when Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard are all out with injuries.

Banged-up Giants are headed into the Patriots’ buzzsaw of a defense

  Banged-up Giants are headed into the Patriots’ buzzsaw of a defense The Giants will be walking into their Thursday night game against New England without Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Being without three key playmakers is going to make life difficult for Daniel Jones against a tough Patriots defense, but even using the word “tough” feels like underselling what the Patriots defense is accomplishing right now.© Nick WassThrough five games, the Patriots are utterly dismantling their opponents.

Is this Patriots team good enough ? It ’s an intriguing question. If it does happen, it would not be a reprise of 2007. Those Patriots were a historically great offensive team, with Brady throwing 50 touchdowns passes and Randy Moss catching 23 of them.

The Patriots have also made good extensive use of the non huddle offense to tire out defensive personnel and to disallow substitutions. Montana, who was noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, also possessed good mobility and an accurate passing arm.

The Patriots’ defense can keep carrying them in these games against bad offenses. But in November and December, the Patriots will finally play some real quarterbacks, and won’t be able to count on the defense scoring points and forcing four turnovers every week.

As for Shurmur, the man kept punting the ball away from midfield, and again on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter. Fortune favors the bold, Pat. When you go into Gillette Stadium with a shorthanded team, and a 2-3 record, you’ve got to take some changes.

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■  Brady trusts Julian Edelman and James White, and that’s about it. They each had nine catches, with Edelman going for 113 yards and White just 46. But with Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett hurt, Brady doesn’t look at too many of his other receivers. Rookie Jakobi Meyers actually showed some promise, catching all four of his targets for 54 yards, including an impressive 23-yard catch in traffic. But this game highlighted a pressing need to add more talent around Brady.

Giants QB Daniel Jones struggles in loss to Patriots, but he should be just fine

  Giants QB Daniel Jones struggles in loss to Patriots, but he should be just fine Giants QB Daniel Jones struggles in loss to Patriots, but he should be just fineNew York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones’ rookie season wasn’t going to be perfect. He certainly wasn’t perfect on Thursday night. The Patriots seemed to confuse him, causing him to hold the ball too long at times and make some bad reads that were intercepted. Despite multiple key injuries on offense, New York kept the game close into the fourth quarter and might have had a chance at a massive upset had the offense played better. Instead, the Patriots and their No. 1 ranked defense did enough for a 35-14 win that wasn’t as dominant as the score would indicate.

It started with Tom Brady sitting in the pocket long enough to declare residency and then rearing back and lofting a deep ball into double coverage in Suddenly, the Patriots have gone from no supporting cast to an ensemble offense . It was premature to judge their offensive capability before Edelman

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■  We saw so many uncharacteristic mistakes by the Patriots’ offense on Thursday night. Brady’s accuracy was a mess — he threw way behind an open Edelman on his interception, then missed badly on short throws to Ryan Izzo and Edelman in the first quarter. Brady held onto the ball way too long on his sack-fumble, and never saw a receiver streaking open down the middle. On the same play, the Patriots had Izzo, a tight end, blocking pass rusher Lorenzo Carter, which resulted in a strip-sack for Carter. We never see the Patriots leave their tight ends 1-on-1 against a pass rusher without some help.

■  The offensive line is still a mess. Left tackle Marshall Newhouse allowed another bad sack in the first quarter, and the running backs had nowhere to run all night. The Patriots really need to bring Isaiah Wynn back off injured reserve.

■  OK, I’ll say it: Brandon Bolden is better than Sony Michel. Michel once again got stuffed on short-yardage running, failing to pick up a third-and-1 or fourth-and-1 on consecutive snaps. Then Michel got stuffed a couple of times on the goal line. And I know the offensive line isn’t creating many big holes for Michel, but he’s not running with any burst, and doesn’t have great vision. An 8-yard screen pass in the third quarter should have gone for a lot more.

Darnold: Jets can be 'unstoppable as an offense'

  Darnold: Jets can be 'unstoppable as an offense' Sam Darnold is riding high after the New York Jets upset the Dallas Cowboys in his return from mononucleosis. With tight end Chris Herndon close to returning from a hamstring injury, the Jets' offense will soon be at full strength for the first time this season. "Right now, we're just missing Chris," Darnold told reporters, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "Once all the guys are back together, I think we're unstoppable as an offense - or we can be."Darnold added: "It's just up to us and how we execute. It's really up to us how many points we score, I think. I think we're capable of so many points.

I think it settled a few things down.” But it ’s not easy to have a ton of confidence in the Patriots ’ offense right now. That’s all well and good against a team with no offensive punch like the Jets. But come playoff time, when the Patriots have to face the Broncos or the Steelers or the Seahawks or

This isn ’ t 2009, or any of the other sporadic seasons when something goes haywire with the defense. Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia can repair the defensive 20. Kuechly is obviously a fantastic tackler, the player Brian Urlacher was always purported to be. But it ’s crazy how good he is in coverage, too.

Michel was so ineffective in short yardage that Brady had to sneak it himself six times, including three times on the goal line. And the Patriots also started using Bolden on the goal line, who was able to punch it in. Bolden also showed nice vision on a 16-yard screen pass.

Bolden is no great running back, but he at least runs more decisively than does Michel. That second half performance by Michel in Washington was a mirage.

■  Bolden also got a big assist on the blocked punt touchdown. He got such a good push up the middle on linebacker Nate Stupar that Giants punter Riley Dixon punted the ball off the back of Stupar’s helmet and up in the air. Chase Winovich then caught the live ball and returned it for a touchdown. Bolden, for years an unheralded special teams grunt in Foxborough, has been a valuable addition this year.

■  The Patriots were able to get by without a kicker against the Redskins and Giants. But this is now a big issue. And it’s not just the kicker’s fault. Mike Nugent probably should have made that 40-yard field goal, but Jake Bailey’s hold was awful, with the laces directly in. Bailey had issues when holding for Stephen Gostkowski, and obviously still has a lot of work to do.

Three times the Patriots eschewed a field goal to go for it on fourth down, and the Patriots were stopped twice, and got bailed out by a defensive holding penalty a third time. But Bill Belichick was right to pass up the field goal, because the field goal operation is a serious issue right now.

Sure, it was the Jets, but that was the best performance of the season

  Sure, it was the Jets, but that was the best performance of the season The Patriots wasted no time against an overmatched opponent, their defense looking title-worthy all on its own.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Jets may be terrible, but this was a terrific win by the Patriots, their best of the season. They started fast on offense, scoring 24 points on their first four possessions and putting the game away early. And the defense had its most dominant performance yet, forcing four Sam Darnold interceptions and so thoroughly confusing him with their blitz packages, ESPN mics caught Darnold telling his coaches that he’s “seeing ghosts.

However, good enough might not be good enough to satisfy fans and pundits who are comparing this team to a standard they can’ t reach — their own. But the offense is probably not going to reach the stratospheric heights of previous Patriots attacks. The Patriots topped 500 points each season from

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■  Jones threw three interceptions, but he still made some nice throws, particularly his perfect fade pass on the 64-yard touchdown to Tate. He made a few rookie decisions, but Jones was facing the NFL’s top defense, and didn’t have any help out there. He’s going to be a good one.

Ben Volin can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin

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