Admin

Posted by

Allen Adams Allen Adams
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

edge staff writer

Share

Patriots Progress Report 2017 – Second Quarter

Rate this item
(0 votes)

The second month of the NFL season has been awfully kind to the New England Patriots.

The Pats had some struggles in the first few games of the season, managing just a 2-2 record to go with an inconsistent offense and a defense that bordered on the abysmal. These last four games, however, have been a success – particularly when it comes to that most important statistic: wins.

Four games, four wins. That’s what we’ve seen from New England. While the offensive attack has slowed down somewhat, that dip in scoring has been more than compensated for by the return of the classic bend-don’t-break Patriots defense that we’ve seen so often in recent years. The defense hasn’t been great, but they’ve been better … and an OK defense makes this New England squad one of the best in the AFC.

There have been issues, of course. The defense is still too soft against the pass. The offense hasn’t quite been able to put the pieces together for an extended stretch. And there have been injuries to some key pieces on both sides of the ball.

And yet – 4-0 is 4-0. It was a good month.

On to the Progress Report.

Offense – B

This is not the same high-octane offensive attack we saw in the first four games. The per-game scoring average dropped significantly – from just over 32 points to just shy of 22 – but much of that can be chalked up to game management. Tom Brady has been efficient throwing the ball – averaging 285 yards per game while completing 67 percent of his passes and tossing six TDs against two interceptions. No skill position players have been true standouts, but guys like receiver Chris Hogan and running back Dion Lewis have proven themselves to be valuable contributors to the cause. Brandin Cooks has quietly put himself among the leaders in receiving yards with 20 catches in the past four games. Gronk has played in just three of the last four, but he’s got 14 catches for nearly 200 yards and three TDs. And James White has been one of the most interesting weapons in the league, with 21 catches out of the backfield. It’s not 30-plus points per game, but wins are wins.

Defense – A-

It’s remarkable how quickly things can change in the NFL. After the first month of the season, this unit looked like they were toast. They just kept getting torched by opposing QBs. But the last four games have been a different story – the Pats have given up an average of less than 13 points per game. This after getting crushed to the tune of 32 per game in the first four. So yeah – giving up the equivalent of almost three fewer touchdowns per contest could be considered an improvement. Granted, they’ve had some less than impressive opponents, but still – that’s a massive shift. They’re rushing the passer more effectively, which has in turn helped them to slow down the passing attacks that had heretofore picked them apart. The loss of linebacker Dont’a Hightower is going to sting, but as long as the rest of the defense continues to play as a unit, the team can continue to overcome the lack of transcendent individual talents.

Special Teams – B+

While kicker Stephen Gostkowski remains one of the best at his position in the NFL, he isn’t quite the dominating weapon that he was earlier in his career. Of course, this just means that he’s gone from world-beating to excellent; he’s made 12 of 15 field goals over the past four games to go with a perfect nine for nine in extra points. He remains a touchback machine on kickoffs. Punter Ryan Allen remains the epitome of OK as far as his game goes; he’s unremarkable, but effective enough. Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola have done solid work as the kick and punt returners, respectively. The coverage teams remain some of the best-coached in the league.

Coaching – A-

If you wanted to argue that this grade is too low, I’d understand. After all, this team has executed a pretty impressive turnaround from the first four games to the last four on the defensive side of the ball. The talent level hasn’t increased in any meaningful way, so the onus for the improvement has to be on defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the rest of the coaching staff. But one could make a similar argument in reverse for the offense; we haven’t seen much in the way of explosiveness out of them. Granted, some of that comes from not having to play hurry-up catch-up schemes, but still – we’re accustomed to more points. However, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the biggest improvement has come with regards to the most important number – wins. And Bill Belichick continues to win. His team goes into their bye week with a four-game win streak and a division lead. Clearly, someone is doing something right.

2 comments

  • Comment Link Vapor Max Tuesday, 07 November 2017 09:27 posted by Vapor Max

    Yeezy outlet
    Cheap Yeezy boost 350
    Yeezys shoes
    Yeezy boost 350 v2
    Yeezy outlet online
    Yeezy shoes outlet
    Adidas Yeezy
    Yeezy Shoes
    Yeezy Boost
    Yeezy Adidas
    Adidas Yeezy Boost 350
    Yeezys
    kanye west
    Yeezy
    Yeezy Boost 350
    Adidas NMD
    Adidas NMD R1
    Adidas NMD sale
    NMD
    NMD Adidas
    NMD XR1
    Nike Air Max
    Buy Nike Air Max Shoes Shopping
    Air Max 90
    Shoes Air Max
    Nike Air max 2017
    nike shoes 70% off
    air max
    buy cheap air max shoes
    cheap nike shoes
    nike air max 90
    Running shoes
    New Balance Original
    Puma Walking Shoes Outlet
    Cheap Reebok Shoes
    Skechers Women's
    New Balance Running Shoes
    Basketball Shoes
    KOBE12 Shoes Outlet
    Nike Air Zoom KD9 Shoes Sale
    Nike LeBron14 Shoes
    kyrie3 Shoes Sale
    Curry3 Shoes Sale
    Michael Kors bags
    Michael Kors
    Cheap Michael Kors bags
    Michael Kors outlet
    Michael Kors online
    Michael Kors factory sale
    Michael Kors shopping
    discontinued michael kors ha
    Asics shoes outlet
    Asics Running shoes
    Asics Gel Kayano
    Asics outlet
    Asics shoes
    Asics outlet store online
    Asics
    Asics Running
    Discount Asics Running Shoes
    Coach online
    Coach outlet
    Coach online handbags
    Coach factory online
    Coach handbangg online
    cheap Coach online
    Timberland outlet
    Timberland Shoes
    Timberland boots
    Timberland boots sale
    Timberland factory outlet
    Timberland boots outlet
    Timberland shoes outlet
    timberland outlet work boots
    Air Jordan
    Discounted-Nike Discounted Air Jordan
    Air Jordan Shoes On Sale
    Air Jordan Shoes
    Cheap Jordan Shoes
    VaporMax
    Nike VaporMax
    Nike Air Vapor Max
    Air VaporMax
    Nike Vapor Max Shoes
    Air Max Vapor Max
    Nike Vapor Max
    Air Max Shoes
    Cheap Nike Shoes2017
    Nike Vapor Max
    Vapor Max
    Nike Air MAX
    Nike VaporMax Price
    Max Air
    Womens 2017 Nike Shoes
    Adidas NMD R1
    Nike Air Max 90
    Running shoes
    Basketball Shoes
    Michael Kors bags
    Adidas Yeezy outlet
    Asics
    Coach Factory Outlet
    Cheap Nike Shoes 2017
    Timberland outlet
    Air Jordan
    Adidas Yeezy
    Nike VaporMax
    Air Maxvapor
    Vapor
    Nike Vapor
    VaporMax
    Vapor Max
    Nike VaporMax
    Nike Vapor Max
    Nike Air Vapor Max
    Air Max Vapor
    Air Vapor Max
    Nike Vapor Max Shoes
    Air Max Vapor Max
    Nike Vapor Max
    Vapor Max Nike
    Vapor
    Nike Vapor
    VaporMax
    Vapor Max
    Nike VaporMax
    Nike Vapor Max
    Nike Air Vapor Max
    Nike Air Vapor Max
    Air Vapor Max
    Nike Vapor Max Shoes
    Air Max Vapor Max
    Nike Vapor Max
    Vapor Max Nike
    Yeezy outlet
    Cheap Yeezy boost 350
    Adidas Yeezy outlet
    Yeezy boost350v2
    Yeezy outlet online
    Yeezy shoes outlet
    Yeezy
    Yeezy Shoes
    Adidas Yeezy Boost
    Yeezy Adidas
    Adidas Yeezy outlet online
    Yeezy Boost 350
    Adidas Yeezy Outlet
    Yeezy Outlet
    Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Outlet
    Yeezy Boost 350 Cheap
    Adidas Yeezy
    Adidas Yeezy Shoes Outlet
    Air Max 2018
    Nike Shoes 2018
    Nike Air Max 2018
    Nike 2018
    Nike Air
    Moncler Jackets
    Moncler UK
    Moncler Online Shop
    Moncler Outlet
    Moncler Online
    Moncler Coats
    Moncler Jacket Outlet
    Cheap Nfl Jerseys
    Nfl Jerseys Cheap
    Nfl Jersey
    Nfl Shop
    Jerseys
    Nfl Store
    Jersey
    Football Jerseys
    Nflshop
    Cheap Jerseys
    Nba Jerseys
    Nhl Jerseys
    Soccer Jerseys
    Basketball Jerseys
    Mlb Jerseys
    Ncaa Jerseys
    Nfl Jerseys For Sale
    Nfl Cheap Jerseys
    Yeezy outlet
    Cheap Yeezy boost 350
    Adidas Yeezy outlet
    Yeezy boost350v2
    Yeezy outlet online
    Yeezy shoes outlet
    Yeezy
    Yeezy Shoes
    Adidas Yeezy Boost
    Yeezy Adidas
    Adidas Yeezy outlet online
    Yeezy Boost 350
    Adidas Yeezy Outlet
    Yeezy Outlet
    Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Outlet
    Yeezy Boost 350 Cheap
    Adidas Yeezy
    Adidas Yeezy Shoes Outlet
    canada goose jackets
    canadagoose
    canada goose jacket
    canada goose canada
    canada goose parka
    canada goose outlet
    canada goose coats
    canada goose uk
    canada goose clothing
    canada goose coat
    canada goose sale
    canada goose jackets canada
    canada goose kids
    canada goose jackets
    canadagoose
    canada goose jacket
    canada goose canada
    canada goose parka
    canada goose outlet
    canada goose coats
    canada goose uk
    canada goose clothing
    canada goose coat
    canada goose sale
    canada goose jackets canada
    canada goose kids
    canada goose jackets
    canadagoose
    canada goose jacket
    canada goose canada
    canada goose parka
    canada goose outlet
    canada goose coats
    canada goose uk
    canada goose clothing
    canada goose coat
    canada goose sale
    canada goose jackets canada
    canada goose kids
    Moncler Jackets
    Moncler UK
    Moncler Online Shop
    Moncler Outlet
    Moncler Online
    Moncler Coats
    Moncler Jacket Outlet
    Moncler Jackets
    Moncler UK
    Moncler Online Shop
    Moncler Outlet
    Moncler Online
    Moncler Coats
    Moncler Jacket Outlet

  • Comment Link maiek Saturday, 04 November 2017 08:35 posted by maiek

    [url=http://www.bootsshoppingonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=417]Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged[/url]
    [url=http://www.bootsshoppingonline.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=418&products_id=5660]Adidas Yeezy Runner 700[/url]
    [url=http://www.bootsshoppingonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=419]Air Jordan 12[/url]
    [url=http://www.bootsshoppingonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=420]Air Jordan 5[/url]
    [url=http://www.bootsshoppingonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=307]Yeezy Boost 350 V2[/url]

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.
Basic HTML code is allowed.

Advertisements

Website CMS and Development by Links Online Marketing, LLC, Bangor Maine