Patriots look awful for 10 straight quarters of football

in Top "Hähnchen Griller" 01.12.2018 03:55
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Instant Analysis: http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-trey-flowers-jersey , lose to Lions 26-10 The New England Patriots looked awful against the Detroit Lions as they lost 26-10. We’ll have plenty to review over the coming days, but the preliminary report is straight-forward.No one on the Patriots offense was able to get open for the entire game. They weren’t able to get open against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. They struggled to get open in the second half of the season opener against the Houston Texans. This includes Rob Gronkowski and every other player on the offense. Rex Burkhead suffered a neck injury and Sony Michel had to shoulder the load in his second game as a pro. Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson are ghosts. This was not good.We all know the signs when Tom Brady is fed up with the game. When he’s not even trying anymore. He throws moon shots into double- and triple-coverage to his favorite receivers because he wants something to happen. Brady started to attempt these passes to Rob Gronkowski and Phillip Dorsett early in the fourth quarter. That’s when the game was over.On defense, the Patriots were atrocious, too. The Lions had a 100-yard rusher in rookie Kerryon Johnson- who did it in a mere 16 carries. Detroit hadn’t had a 100-yard rusher since Thanksgiving 2013. Dont’a Hightower looks like he’s stuck in molasses. The Lions were the third-consecutive team to target Keionta Davis when he was on the edge. The linebackers weren’t filling gaps and the defensive tackles weren’t holding the line.The Detroit also used the same crossing patterns and in-routes and targets to running backs in coverage by linebackers that both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jaguars used. The Patriots didn’t have a response because the linebackers are too slow and the pass rush too nonexistent so the cornerbacks aren’t given enough time to react to the receiver changing direction.There are some fundamental issues with this team. This isn’t a one-game sort of issue. They haven’t looked good since the first half of the first game. There isn’t a player capable of winning one-on-one battles on offense, other than Rob Gronkowski, and that means teams can simply double Gronkowski and stop the entire offense, especially with the rushing attack not being productive. Maybe Josh Gordon will be able to help next week, and the return of Julian Edelman will definitely help.The defense fell apart when Trey Flowers suffered a concussion against the Jaguars, but is he honestly the difference between a top defense and one that can’t force a punt until the fourth quarter? How many defenders make that much of a difference? I’d argue “none” since there are weaknesses and question marks all over the board. Bill Belichick and Brian Flores need to inject some creativity into the defense because teams are extremely comfortable attacking and moving the ball down the field.The Patriots host the Miami Dolphins next week and this has become as close to a “must-win” game that ever exists in the first quarter of the regular season. The Dolphins are 3-0 and if they move to 4-0 and steal homefield from the Patriots in the head-to-head, then the Patriots will have an incredibly tough time taking back the division. New England hasn’t started a season 1-3 since 2001.Only three teams over the past decade have made the postseason after posting a cumulative -20 point differential over the first three games. The Patriots are in a tough position.Are there any bright spots from this game? Jonathan Jones looked good. So did Deatrich Wise, at times. But other than that, this was one of the worst displays by the Patriots in recent years. File this one under “living well is the best revenge”.^A great way to approach life, and also a decent mid-2000s emo record when that was still a thing.Living well is Stephon Gilmore to a T these days, which, as anyone who’s ever left a job on “less than favorable” terms can tell you, is the best part of moving on to begin with. Better team, more money, and the chance to blast your now-decidedly-former friends and employer into the earth’s crust. What else could you want?If you’re keeping score at home, Gilmore’s been up to Buffalo twice since signing his $65 Cheap Julian Edelman Jersey ,000,000 deal with the Patriots in the 2017 offseason, and both times, he’s been a Richard-Sherman-sized island on defense when the Bills offense dared to test him.Which, for some reason that only makes sense if you’re the Bills, seems to be often.Last year, in Stephon’s homecoming/revenge game, depending on how you look at it (the notably chill Gilmore would probably prefer neither), Buffalo threw in his general direction 6 times, and the Gilly Lock allowed only 2 completions for 22 yards and slapped a couple passes away for a pair of pass breakups.Like this one, where, back to the “only in Buffalo” thing, they decide to throw a 50/50 ball up to Zay Jones in red zone territory, and it went about as well as dribbling down the court for a layup like “Huh, I sure hope LeBron’s not behind me”:It’s such a fine line between “If at first you don’t succeed...” and “The definition of insanity is...”, right?Like we said, the man allowed 2 completions for 22 yards all game and all he had to say afterwards was:That’s a perfect Patriot right there, kids.That game turned out 23-3 in Orchard Park, NY, and funny enough, Monday Night’s slogfest that felt for a while like watching 2 kids learning how to drive stick-shift ended up basically the same way in Buffalo - a final score of 25-6 Cheap Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey , and Stephon Gilmore doing Stephon Gilmore things.Which not only means balling at a Pro Bowl level (we’ll get to that in a sec), but also making Sportscenter plays (that’s still on, right) where whoever he was covering ended up with the unfortunate distinction of being the other guy in the clip:Gilmore’s final stat line: 2 receptions allowed on 7 targets, 45 yards allowed, and 2 pass breakups. He also played 100% of the team’s defensive snaps. NO DAYS/PLAYS OFF.Does life get better? It does!From the lovely little email Pro Football Focus dropped me this morning:Hang on a sec. ENHANCE:For the season, Gilmore now is at an overall grade of 84.3, which ranks 4th of all cornerbacks.ENHANCE!For the season, Gilmore now is at an overall grade of 84.3, which ranks 4th of all cornerbacks.ONE MORE TIME FOR THE HUNG OVER AFTER HALLOWEEN CROWD:For the season, Gilmore now is at an overall grade of 84.3, which ranks 4th OF ALL CORNERBACKS.Even though it’s well-documented that, contrary to popular bar wisdom, you don’t need a shutdown corner to win a Super Bowl, hey, with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming to town on Sunday night, what a time to have a corner to put wideouts on an island, right?Especially when Rodgers tends to treat those corners like a dentist’s appointment the day after Halloween. In other words, that’s a big NOPE.

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