Monday, September 21, 2009
PATS SHOOT SELVES IN FOOT
The good news is that the Jets don't look too good. Sure they're 2-0, but if not for a craptastic performance by Matt Schaub in Week 1, and a shaky Tom Brady in Week 2, they'd be 0-2. I'm not impressed with Sanchez, and although Rex Ryan is far above the likes of Eric Mangini, he's not on the same level as the coach who works in Foxborough.
The bad news is that there doesn't seem to be much improvement from Tom Brady. He's getting rid of the ball just a few seconds too early. He's not stepping into all his throws when there's people around him. After 2 games, I'd have to rate his pocket presence as below average. This might change (it MUST change), but so far it's been steadily subpar.
The good news is that the defense looked solid. Think about it, they've only allowed 33 points as a unit (7 of Buffalo's points came from an interception return) in 2 games. They made some big plays early on that SHOULD HAVE turned into a 14-0 Patriot lead.
And how valuable is Wes Welker. Edelman might have a similar skill-set, but he doesn't have the wherewithal of Welker, who seems to know where to go. He and Brady once had a psychic connection. That connection was rusty in Week 1, and unfortunately did not get a chance to improve in Week 2. Hopefully he'll be back in on Sunday.
The Patriots host the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, in what could be a very important game. Losing to Atlanta certainly won't end the season, but beating them would be a real mark of improvement.
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