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Patriots Notebook week #5


The offensive line is an issue.

I was hoping that after Brady was chucking and ducking his way through Orchard Park last Sunday that the credit should be bestowed upon the Buffalo defense. However watching Brady shuck and jive around the pocket to buy time in the former RFK Stadium, it was plain to see that the offensive line is in a rare state of disarray.

The most concerning aspect was that it wasn’t the replacements who were clicking turnstiles as Washington pass rushers got free admission to the Patriots’ back field, it was Marcus Cannon, who has long been a stalwart of Dante Scarnecchia’s unit. The line protected better in the second half and was more effective in the running game, but out of all the areas that could use more than the 3 days to get right heading into this week’s Thursday night game against the Giants, it’s the men up front.

Stat of the Day: A McCourty has intercepted a pass in all 5 of the Patriots victories this season.

Speaking of the defense, this week’s “Sign the defense is really good”. When Steven Sims broke away today for the game’s first touchdown, I knew that it would only prove to piss off the Patriots defense. Every week it’s been a different player stepping up.

Last week it was Kyle Van Noy who harassed Josh Allen the most and this week Dont’a Hightower wore Colt McCoy out. Now understand, Josh Allen and Colt McCoy are never going to evoke memories of Joe Montana, Joe Namath or even Joe Pisarcik. But getting after the quarterback is getting after the quarterback no matter who is back there.

We are 2 more wins away from the defense getting a nickname. I saw someone try and push “Lights Out Defense” on them. Not a bad name, but doesn’t really make sense? Maybe if they were electricians on their bye week?

We have tight ends? Apparently? LaCosse and Izzo emerged from witness protection just long enough to confound the Redskins (how hard can that be) and make the position viable for the first time since Gronk retired. Not sure what Ben Watson has left in the tank as a pass catcher, but I’m interested to find out. At the very least he should aid in blocking. (Apparently I’m obsessed with protecting Tom Brady.)

The Patriots have 3 players on IR that could return this season: James Develin, Isaiah Wynn and N’Keal Harry. The caveat, which seems so ripe for sports talk and the Sports Chowdah, is that the team can only bring 2 of the 3 back this season. Ideally, which two would you pick?

I think I’d have to bring back Wynn and Develin. It’s no coincidence that the running game hasn’t been the same since Jimmy Neckrolls went down. It feels odd to say that we have to have the full back return when most teams don’t event field a full back. That’s what makes the Patriots the Patriots. Harry is the tantalizing option to give Brady another weapon down the stretch, but Brady has enough weapons, he just needs what we all need: time. You can’t buy time.

PATS STATS

71,923: With 348 yards on Sunday, Tom Brady passed Brett Favre for third on the all-time passing yards list. Brady trails only Peyton Manning (71,940) and Drew Brees (74,845).

Patriots have more wins since 2012 in the reg/post season than any other team has since 2010

1. Patriots - (2012-19) - 105

2. Packers - (2010-19) - 102

2. Seahawks - (2010-19) - 102

Tom Brady on Fan Support in DC

"That was ridiculous, that was pretty amazing it felt like a home game. From the time we got to the hotel till we ran in after the game that was pretty sweet. We appreciate all the support down here, and good to come down here and get a win in front of them."

Patriots are undefeated when Sony Michel scores a rushing touchdown (11-0)

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