It might not have been pretty, but a win is a win.
The Patriots problems on the defensive side of the ball are far from over, but they definitely took a step in the right direction. Albeit a slight one, but a positive step nonetheless. Defensive communication issues improved thanks to the return of Dont’a Hightower calling the defensive adjustments, and cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler shifting to play more single man coverage. Yes New England made some excellent adjustments and seemed ready for Tampa Bay, but I’m more disappointed with the Bucs offense than I am impressed with New England’s defense.
Tampa Bay has a boatload of talent on the offensive side of the ball, especially with the return of Doug Martin in the backfield. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be putting up at least 25 points a game…but I digress.
Tom Brady is still getting hit WAY more than a 40 year old, or any QB for that matter, should. The offensive line just looks lifeless and out of sync this season. They will need to step up it a notch as the season progresses or else TB12 will need to invest in some more night time recovery wear. Tom Brady is the undisputed GOAT and if you want him to continue to play at a high level for a few more years then you’ve got to keep him off the ground.
The Pats offense still looks good and they seem to find a way to put up points when they matter most. Despite missing Gronk and Edelman they are managing to keep pace scoring with teams pretty easily and it never really feels like New England is down and out of a game.
This Sunday the Patriots roll into the Meadowlands to take on the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS! We’ll see if the Jets are real contenders or just pretenders come Sunday.