Patriots offense gets rolling, now its on to Denver
Patriots fans finally got what they have waited almost two months for on Saturday. They got to see New England Patriots offense. Right out of the gate Patriots fans saw motion plays, short passes, and the killer throw down the seam to Rob Gronkowski that ignites the Gillette Stadium crowd. Since Julian Edelman went down with a foot injury in week ten against the Giants, the offense has been abysmal.
The game plans have consisted with deep passes to Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin that ultimately fail. Even the wildcat formation was used at one point in Miami. It was just an un-Patriot like way to end the season, and it left fans feeling uneasy heading into the postseason and their divisional round match up with the red hot Kansas City Chiefs.
Nevertheless, right from the start all Patriots fans worries were calmed after a furious first drive in which they converted on third down three times, encapsulating with a third and seven pass to Rob Gronkowski in the end zone putting the Patriots up 7-0 after the extra point. The offense really was not on the field all that often on the night due to the inefficiency of the defense. They were a poor 12 for 20 on third down on the defensive side of the ball. However, when it mattered most they were able to come up with a turnover.
Up by eight points with Kansas City driving Chandler Jones was to strip the ball out of the hands of Chacandrick West and it was recovered by the Patriots. Soon there after Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski who toasted Eric Berry in route to the end zone. Kansas City was able to narrow the score to 27-20 at one point, but it truly never felt that close. The Patriots offense was carving through the Chiefs defense like a hot knife through butter and scored on almost all of their possessions.
Now much to the dismay of Patriots fans the team must travel to Denver where historically they are terrible. The Patriots lost their first game of the season in Denver in overtime in week 12. However, this time a trip to the Super Bowl is on the line. In the Patriots week 12 match up with the Broncos, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman were both inactive along with Jamie Collins on the defensive side of the ball, along with Don’t’a Hightower going down early in the game.
Even with all that the Patriots had a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter, and if it weren’t for a Chris Harper fumbled punt the Patriots more than likely would have won the game. Now all Tom Brady has his full arsenal of weapons on offense and the defense is about as healthy as it’s going to get. If this game were in Foxborough there would be zero fear from Patriots Nation about losing this game.
Due to the fact that the game is in Denver, there is that slight bit of fear. On paper, New England is a better team. However, none of that will matter when the two teams line up for the kickoff on Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t have the same feel as previous Brady-Manning match ups, but the reward is just as sweet.