The first half was all about the Patriots allowing the Chiefs to convert third downs and failing on their own offense in converting first downs. There was little pass rush, little aggressive run stopping, and no matching the Chiefs’ energy and enthusiasm in the first half of the game. The offensive line was not terrible, but hardly great as the Patriots were again out-of-sync on offense.
On Monday night the Kansas City Chiefs will play the New England Patriots. To learn more about them we sent a few questions to Hal Bent of cover32 Patriots.
1) It seems like the big story with New England this season is that Tom Brady is starting to decline as a QB. Is that a fair accusation or does the blame fall on his receivers?
Brady is 37 years old and the deep passing and accuracy have been in decline slightly since 2012. He is one of 13 on passes over 20 yards in the air to date. That being said, he has looked like the same Tom Brady of the past when he has time to make his reads and step into his throws on intermediate passes. Too many times Brady is trying to get the ball out of his hands in less than two seconds due to the pressure around him as the offensive line breaks down.
Brady has had growing pains with the receivers as well as more blame falls on the line as he has been forced to lock onto a primary target (usually Rob Gronkowski or Julian Edelman) rather than find Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson or Kenbrell Thompkins as a second or third read on the play… http://cover32.com/chiefs/2014/09/27/behind-enemy-lines-is-tom-brady-finally-falling-off/
Under-the-Radar Performers for Kansas City Who Could Have a Huge Impact Monday Night against the New England Patriots:
Many times the game is won or lost by the unheralded players in the trenches, on special teams, and on the field alongside the stars. Let’s take a look at some of the under-the-radar players on the Kansas City roster who could have a significant impact on the final score on Monday night against the Patriots…
The New England Patriots head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 4. At 2-1 the Patriots are tied for first place in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills, but their offense has been mediocre to date. By yards per game, the Patriots are 27th, with just over 301 yards per game. However, they are dead last in yards per play with a paltry 4.3 yards per offensive play.
The stats on offense are just not good through three games: The Patriots are 27th in the league in passing yards, with 589 yards; net yards gained per passing attempt (factoring in sacks and negative yardage) finds New England 30th in the NFL; and even rushing the ball sees the Patriots in the bottom half of the statistics as they are 22nd in total yards rushing with 315 yards in three games and 26th in yards per attempt at 3.5 yards per attempt.
Beyond the statistics, the offense simply does not pass the eye test…
The New England Patriots prepare for a Monday Night match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs in week four with numerous question marks three weeks into the 2014 NFL season. On defense, the Patriots have been jumping between the 3-4 and 4-3 alignment and moving pass rushers such as defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones inside and out trying to show different looks and experimenting with different looks. It is no different in the secondary as top cornerback Darrelle Revis passively vented recently about the lack of aggressive schemes as New England was anything but aggressive in coverage last week against Oakland.
On offense, however, New England is an absolute mess.
Sunday afternoon saw the New England Patriots take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 3, the home opener at Foxborough, MA. It was a game with all the finesse of a preseason game, as the Patriots looked like 46 guys who met for the first time that day and played a football game together. Fortunately, the Raiders were unable to take advantage of it, as their rookie quarterback Derek Carr was unable to get Oakland into the end zone.
With a 16-9 victory over one of the worst NFL teams in the league, both the offensive and defensive units had a weak showings: the offense was unable to generate and then finish drives all afternoon; the defense went 59-plus minutes before making a big play; the game was won by the special teams unit, as Stephen Gostkowski booted three field goals and was four for four on kickoffs generating touchbacks, and punter Ryan Allen and gunner Matthew Slater changed field position well. Slater even had a 26-yard kick return giving the Patriots great field position on a squib kickoff.
Now on to the score card:
Who do you believe graded out well for the Patriots in their win on Sunday?
Each week there is one player who stands out above the others on the field. In Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, the Patriots had multiple players who stood out on the field and on the statsheet. Although it seemed unlikely after the unimpressive 16-9 victory, there were a few players jumping off the game film.
Who do you believe should receive the Game Ball for the Patriots’ win on Sunday?
The Oakland Raiders came into Foxborough, MA on a stopover on their way to London to play the Dolphins next week. The New England Patriots offense seemed to have already taken the week off on a vacation of their own. The Raiders came in at 0-2 and had struggled particularly stopping the run. So, of course, the Patriots came out with three consecutive passes. Huh? Yes, it was one of those games for the Patriots again.
New England started the game with 2013 second-round draft pick and wide receiver Aaron Dobson inactive for the second time in three games. That led Brandon “Offensive Pass Interference” LaFell, Danny “Invisible” Amendola, and Kenbrell Thompkins at wide receiver other than top target Julian Edelman. With Rob Gronkowski still working to full strength and Shane Vereen still not 100% healthy, the Patriots’ offense continued to look as if they were still playing preseason games as they shuffled receivers in and out.
Two games into the 2014 NFL season and there are numerous questions about the New England Patriots on offense and defense:
Is Tom Brady still able to be an elite quarterback?
Will a receiver emerge other than Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski?
Can the Patriots’ front seven stop a power running team?
and can the Patriots mount a consistent pass rush?
However, one question has already been answered after just two games: Is Darrelle Revis still a shut-down cornerback and have the ability to turn the Patriots’ defense into the type of defense able to take the next step in the playoffs? So far the answer is a resounding Y-E-S.
The addition of cornerback Darrelle Revis in place of departed free agent Aqib Talib is a major upgrade at defense.