Patriots Mid-Week Musings
Just like Coach Belichick, I try to find a silver lining in losses. He uses it as ways to bring his team up, and instill confidence, beating them down when they win games. 15 point home losses are something that only a mother would love, or that “John Irons” would vouch for, but all is not lost in Norfolk County.
For anyone worried about Mac Jones and the Patriots being a run only team, we’ve clearly not paid attention to game plans as it pertains to the Owl. Week in and week out, teams evolve, as does preparation for opponents. What may be a run heavy playoff game vs. the Chargers might be followed by a track meet against the Chiefs. How quickly we forget.
The defense continues to make plays, relying on its disruptive front. Matthew Judon has been outstanding, registering another 2.5 sacks on Sunday. Christian Barmore was effective in situational football, which was surprising, considering there were some media outlets who did not think that he should have even been playing professional football. Glad he wasn’t outed, or otherwise he’d be unemployable. Maybe he’d join the #work force on 9/28 as well if he wasn’t playing professional football.
Sunday’s loss wasn’t an issue of not enough skill. I still think New Orleans is overrated. It was more a situation where nothing went right. Interceptions (not all the fault of Matt Jones), dropped passes (flashbacks of Wes Welker in the Super Bowl), kickoffs out of bounds; all parlayed into a loss worse than anything the Bankroll Boys have ever seen.
Fortunately, the fan base, as well as the local media already has the season declared over. Tampa by at least 21, says a local finance manager. RIP 2021 New England Patriots.
This is just how the Owl likes it.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.