Patriots vs.Lions: Fan Notes from the Game Hoo boy.

#1 von huangjian123 , 17.11.2018 04:33

Let’s just get this out of the way: the Patriots got embarrassed last night. They looked completely lost , they were sloppy, they got pushed around and out-muscled at absolutely every position, and had absolutely no business being on the field with the Lions last night.The Lions. Yikes.Was the Sunday Night Football intro always just one big ad for Pepsi, or is that a new thing? I legit don’t know, as I’ve actively tried to avoid the Faith Hill/Jewel/Pink/whoever preamble for a while now, but I was completely out of stuff to do by the time the game rolled around and made the mistake of tuning in.If your name is Jim-Bob Cooter, you have exactly two career options: football coach or rider mower salesman. Glad to see that he made it.Not glad to see him completely destroy the Patriots defense...but to be honest, I feel like I could have called a successful game plan last night.New England really needs to stop receiving these opening kickoffs. Maybe that’s why they suck so bad right now.The only thing worse than New England’s performance last night was that off-neon green whatever it is they decided to put on the field on third downs. It’s absurd and completely unnecessary. I would have loved to be in the production meeting when that green zone came into fruition. I feel like there was a guy who hadn’t contributed anything to the team since he was hired in the offseason and was on his last strike, so as a Hail Mary he just kind of threw out, “maybe we add another color to the screen?” I may as well break down the offense now and get it over with.....Um...Stretch run for no gain? Blown up screen? One decent drive per game?OK, that was easy. Moving on.The big issue with the offense right now is that it’s incredibly predictable. Part of that is the early season jitters and everyone finding their stride, and another part of that is the lack of depth at receiver position. It’s nothing but stretch runs and screens, and then when those don’t work they have no choice but to go for a middle crosser. I have absolutely no worries about what this offense will do when the games start to matter, but right now the NFL is a pool and the Patriots keep dipping a toe in to see if it’s too cold.Another real problem is how the receivers can’t get anything remotely close to resembling separation. There were plenty of plays last night where Tommy B had time to throw, but nobody was open.New England, three and out. Opponent, long, sustained drive that ends in points. Sound familiar? Being a Pats fan in September stinks. October through February? Juuuust fine. But man...these first few games are always rough.As for the defense...Never thought I’d see LeGarrette Blount torching the Pats as a receiver.I did, however, think I’d see receivers out in the flat go for big gains. Lateral movement is such an Achilles heel for these linebackers.The Lions didn’t even need a third down on their first TD of the day. I don’t know what’s worse: September 2017 when receivers were 10 to 15 yards open, or September 2018 when teams are just imposing their will.Kerryon Johnson averaged six yards per carry and have over 100 on the day. If that’s not bad enough, I can point to a handful of plays where all 200 pounds of him literally dragged Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton, Malcom Brown, or sometimes all three for a few extra yards before he was brought down. I’m not sure how that’s even scientifically possible, but here we find ourselves.NFL football in 2018 has absolutely zero flow. The 1st quarter took 20 minutes, the 2nd took six days, the 3rd took 25 seconds, and the 4th took an hour. What happens in between is a series of questionable flags, unwatchable commercials, a bunch of weird colors, and watered down play. Last year it took me until mid-October to start questioning if I had better things to do with my Sundays.The red flag is officially up and waving furiously on Dont’a Hightower. He looks unbearably slow and constantly winded. The rust should be off by now and usually rust comes in the form of missed reads and muffed tackles. It doesn’t come in the form of getting smoked around the edge and getting shoved violently backwards on blitzes.Sony Michel didn’t do much as a short yardage back, did he. I don’t know why they keep running off-tackle on those plays...either do the sneak or go up the gut.Chris Collinsworth on Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford: “There’s just a difference when there’s a lady in the room, ins’t there?” Yikes, Chris. You can’t say things like that in 2018! I can think of a whole slew of college students that would be VIOLENTLY offended by that statement had they been watching the game last night instead of busy protesting Rice Krispies for discriminating against giants.Through three weeks now, I can think of exactly one instance where anybody not named Tom Brady showed any kind of emotion on or off the field, and that was last night when Deatrich Wise sacked Matt Stafford to fire everyone up. On the very next play, Jahwan Bentley picked off Stafford to set up New England’s only touchdown of the day. As of right now Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey , this team has no teeth. No toughness. Nobody not named Tom Brady getting riled up on or off the field.Nobody upset when an opponent marches right down the field with ease and scores. The defense looked like it was just kind of killing time before the game ended, and you never want to see that. Somebody needs to step up.What may be most frustrating at the moment is that, every once in a while, the Patriots will look good. They play with urgency and passion and move the ball well. And then they remember to not give a crap anymore and go back to the stretch run and screen.Man... Golden Tate would have been something else as a Patriot. I love that guy.The great thing about a loss like this one is the smoking hot takes that are already coming from all angles. You have your typical Patriots fans who never grew up in the non-Brady era already calling for an end to the season. You have your media folks chasing clicks and pageviews with the end of days talk. I’m sure you have your Chiefs and Dolphins fans chirping away as they race towards their inevitable 9-7 finishes.Today’s Fan Notes were negative, because the Patriots deserve negativity this morning. That said, I’m still very staunchly in the “Patriots Will Be Fine” camp.That said... I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t occasionally looking across the lake at the ever-growing Camp Not Our Year and wondering what they’re serving for lunch tomorrow.We’re on to Miami.Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Colts ahead of Week 5 Ten months ago, no NFL roster included more names from New England Patriots past than Chris Ballard’s.Ballard, then in his first year as Indianapolis Colts general manager – and having already swung a pair of trades with head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio after neither organization had swung one together since 1985 – had 11 former Patriots players in the fold.It was no small slice. At that point in the regular season, there were a total of 99 players who once made stops in Foxborough under contract elsewhere around the league between active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve. And the New York Giants were next closest to the Colts, with eight, followed by the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, both with seven.The tables have turned a bit since then as the Patriots and Colts get set to meet again on Thursday night. Not just because of Josh McDaniels’ February stint as Indianapolis’ head coach, but because there are currently more ex-Colts in New England than there are ex-Patriots in Indianapolis.Another arrived this past week.Here’s a glance at those roster connections leading up to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium.INDIANAPOLISJacoby Brissett, quarterback – The North Carolina State product by way of Florida was drafted No. 91 overall by the Patriots in 2016 and started two of his appearances for New England as a rookie, going 34-of-55 passing for 400 yards while rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on 16 scampers. Brissett landed on IR but was reactivated on the way to Super Bowl LI. He’d be traded to Indianapolis on Sept. 2, 2017 – for a certain to-be-mentioned wideout – and started 15 of his 16 games last season for the Colts. Brissett threw for 3,098 yards and ran for 260 more, finishing with 17 total touchdowns, seven interceptions and three lost fumbles. He’s been in for one Hail Mary since the return of Andrew Luck.Jabaal Sheard, defensive end – Signed by New England via the Cleveland Browns in March 2015, Sheard started nine of his 28 games over the course of his next two seasons with the Patriots. The former second-round pick out of Pittsburgh accrued 13 sacks, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a Super Bowl ring over that span before joining the Colts in the spring of 2017. Sheard has started every game for Indianapolis since then, netting 66 tackles to go with 7.5 sacks, a trio of batted passes and a pair of forced fumbles. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end has been in on a sack in each of the Colts’ last three games.Kenny Moore II, cornerback – Moore, who suffered a concussion in the Colts’ overtime loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday, originally entered the league as an undrafted Patriots rookie in May 2017. The Division-II Valdosta State Blazer had just $5,000 in guarantees from New England, but he’d ultimately be one of four players claimed off waivers from the Patriots on cutdown weekend. Moore stepped in for all 16 games for the Colts last season, notching 38 tackles, a forced fumble, five passes defensed and also an interception returned 25 yards. He played the second-most snaps on Indianapolis’ special teams and saw 323 snaps on defense over the final six weeks of 2017, starting five. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound corner has started each of the Colts’ first four games this season Womens Dont'a Hightower Jersey , registering 18 tackles and a 32-yard interception runback.Adam Vinatieri, kicker – Tough to have brevity here. Signed by the Colts in early 2006 – a month before the Patriots drafted eventual all-time franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski in the fourth round – Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to have accounted for 1,000 points with two different clubs. The 45-year-old member of the New England’s 50th anniversary team is in his 23rd NFL season now, and has four Super Bowl rings, three Pro Bowls to go with as many first-team All-Pros, and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Anderson just last week for the most career field goals ever converted. He’s at 567.NEW ENGLANDPhillip Dorsett, wide receiver – As for that to-be-mentioned wideout from the Brissett deal, that’d be Dorsett. The 2015 Colts first-round pick out of Miami spent his first two years in Indianapolis, compiling 51 catches for 753 yards and three touchdowns. Dorsett has since caught 28 passes for 165 yards and two scores in regular-season action for New England. Both of those trips to the end zone have come in 2018 for speedster, who, in the absence of the reinstated Julian Edelman, has reeled in four more receptions through four games with the Patriots this year than he had through 15 games last year.Dwayne Allen, tight end – Allen was acquired by Patriots in March 2017 in exchange fourth-rounder in that year’s draft, which became USC offensive lineman Zach Banner at No. 137 overall. Allen had caught 126 passes over five seasons with the Colts, for 1,443 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s since caught 11 for 82 yards and one touchdown, while putting forth his primary contributions in blocking assignments. The 28-year-old tight end, who agreed to restructure his $4.5 million base salary and $5 million cap hit this August, has started three of New England’s first four games of 2018. Allen has played 37 percent of the snaps and garnered his initial two targets of the year from quarterback Tom Brady last weekend.Ulrick John, offensive tackle – John, on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in the Patriots’ preseason finale, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. The Georgia State tackle would be waived by Indianapolis after his rookie training camp, yet began the regular season on the Colts’ practice squad before agreeing to join the Miami Dolphins’ active roster. John has also been a member of the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. The 26-year-old signed with the Patriots in April.Brian Schwenke, guard – Schwenke, a 2013 Tennessee Titans fourth-rounder, signed with the Colts in 2017 free agency yet was released that Labor Day weekend. He returned to Tennessee to play in all 16 games, starting two, before checking in with New England during the opening week of training camp this summer. The 6-foot-3, 318-pound Schwenke re-signed to the Patriots’ active roster three days after it was trimmed from 90 in September.Lawrence Guy, defensive tackle – Guy had been a well-traveled guy before signing a four-year pact worth up to $20 million with the Patriots in early 2017. And from October 2012 to October 2013, the defensive tackle now residing in his fifth NFL locker room was in the Colts’. Indianapolis signed Guy off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad in the midst of his second season, and he tallied 21 tackles and one sack over nine games with the Colts from there. Those games were the first of Guy’s NFL stay. He’d later be claimed off waivers by the then-San Diego Chargers and spent three years with the Baltimore Ravens. Guy has since started 19 of his 20 games with the Patriots, posting 77 tackles and one sack.John Simon, defensive end – Simon signed with the Patriots last Wednesday and made his debut four days later. The 27-year-old defensive end played 20 snaps on Sunday, and managed to hit home for his 14th career sack and five tackles. A Ravens fourth-rounder out of Ohio State in 2013 who’d spend three seasons with the Texans, Simon signed a three-year, $13.5 deal with the Colts in 2017. He started all nine games he played in for Indianapolis prior to suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. The Colts released Simon as the calendar turned to September. He’ll now revisit them a month later.

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