The Pats rolled into Philly this afternoon fresh off a bye week and 2 weeks removed from the waxing they received at the hands of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. I don’t know about you guys but I was nervous as hell about this week! Although the Eagles are only 5-4, they’re defense has gotten healthier as evidence by the way they handled the Patriots’ offense.
The Pats did manage to put together a couple of nice drives including a 10 play 84-yard drive ending with Jules hitting Dorsett to start the 2nd half. It was encouraging to see them move the ball, sustain 10+ play drives and hit pay dirt. Overall though, we’re still seeing the offense struggle. They don’t look good at all. We’re spoiled here in Boston because we’re used to our teams being the best of the best. Maybe this is what regular teams look like but to me, its not good enough. The offensive line can’t Brady time to find an open guy and on those rare occasions when he had time to go through his reads, Philly’s secondary had things sewn up tight. Is it a lack of talent at receiver position? Does Tom not trust the guys he has to throw those 50/50 balls? That’s a different topic for a different post.
This is post is about the defense. Make no mistake about it, this W is all about the D. After they got down 10-0 they settled in and started bringing the heat we’re used to seeing from them this season. Wentz was running for his life most of the time and when he did get the ball downfield the secondary had receivers suffocated. Hightower and the boys racked up 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and shut the Eagles’ offense down for the remainder of the game. What better way to bounce back from a whoopin’ than to turn up on the road against a tough opponent and dominate the the last 35 minutes of the game.
Now lets be real for a second.. Remember all of those years of the Pats winning shootouts 37-30? Yea, those days are gone. Well, at least for this season anyway. THIS is the way the 2019-2020 New England Patriots have to win football games. In a lot of ways, its more impressive that they won like this. If you’re a Patriots fan, you should actually be excited that they can win these low scoring games, on the road against a good team. The talk after the first 8 games was that the Pats haven’t played a real team yet and when they finally did, in the Ravens, they got beat like they owed John Harbaugh money. They needed this to quiet the naysayers, even if it’s only for a week, who credit their record to their easy schedule. Don’t celebrate too long though because it doesn’t get any easier from here. Buckle up Pats fans.
We’re on to Dallas.