Pats Looking Ahead after an Offense Only Win
Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Brady has done it yet again. After a rough season opener, Brady has now won AFC offensive player of the week twice in the last two weeks. He is also breaking records such as a six game winning streak when the Pats score a touchdown in the final minute, among many others. But this isn’t just about Brady.
This is about how the Patriots looked in general against the Texans. We will break this down into two categories of offense and defense, discuss how each side performed and then give predictions about next week against the Carolina Panthers. Let’s get started.
Offense: This offense is far beyond anything I’ve ever seen. According to NESN, the Patriots offense ranks second in the NFL in points scored with 99 points, only behind the Los Angeles Rams. However, the Pats rank first in total yardage per game. Chris Hogan leads the team with receiving touchdowns, having two against the Texans and one against the Saints last week. Brandin Cooks looks great too with that game winning touchdown. Gronk is fully healthy and he is going back to dominating the league, and carrying defenders on his back. Rex Burkhead is still absent with that rib injury but that’s why the Pats have so many options at running back. As of now, I’m not worried about this Patriots offense.
Defense: Letting a rookie quarterback only on his second game put up two touchdowns, 301 yards and 33 total points? That’s a problem. In fact, this whole defense is a problem. The stats don’t lie. The Pats are ranked last in total defense, points allowed per game, and yards allowed per play. Since Bill Belichick took over the job as head coach, they have never ranked last in defense. To put it in perspective, this means that even the Jets and the Browns have better defensive stats. This defense should be better on paper, with people like Gilmore, Marsh, Wise Jr., Harris, and Butler, but for some reason this defense is struggling. This is what scares Pats fans because the defense isn’t just bending, it’s completely breaking.
Panthers Game Preview: The Panthers are struggling on both sides of the ball. Their QB Cam Newton couldn’t throw a touchdown against the Saints, and Tight End Greg Olson is on IR with a broken foot. Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin is questionable, and if he doesn’t play the Pats have a good chance for their defense to have a bounce back game. The Panthers defense isn’t too great either, so Brady and company will be looking to shred it to pieces. I see a lopsided victory for the Pats in this one, with the Pats walking away with a 30-14 victory.