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Are Tom Brady & The New England Patriots In Trouble Right Now?

Submitted by on September 13, 2013 – 5:41 pmOne Comment

The New England Patriots beat the New York Jets last night to improve to 2-0 on the season. So because of that, the Patriots should be feeling pretty good about themselves right now, right? After all, they experienced a ton of turmoil during the NFL offseason due to Aaron Hernandez getting charged with the murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd. So starting 2-0 during the 2013-14 NFL season should have the Patriots sitting on top of the world right now. However, even though they are 2-0, the Patriots have looked like a shell of their old selves so far this season—and they could be in some trouble if they don’t get things together soon.

In the Patriots first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills—who were starting rookie E.J. Manuel at quarterback, mind you—the Patriots defense gave up 21 points, and New England needed a last-second field goal to win the game 23-21. Their offense didn’t look very good at times, and their defense didn’t, either. And last night, that trend continued. It was raining throughout the game, so we expected some sloppy play. But the Patriots receivers ended up dropping a ton of balls during the game, which is why New England only beat the Jets, who were a 12-point underdog, 13-10. The Patriots also finished the game with more punts than first downs, which is a very, very bad sign for them moving forward.

The biggest problem with the Patriots right now is that Tom Brady doesn’t have the weapons that he’s used to. Outside of wide receiver Julian Edelman, Brady is relying on young rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins right now—and they’re not getting the job done. Over time, they might improve and give Brady the help that he needs by catching passes and picking up yards. But they need to get their act together quickly. So does running back Stevan Ridley, who has struggled with fumbling issues during the first two games.

Overall, guys not named Tom Brady simply need to start doing their jobs—and doing their jobs better—in the coming weeks. Otherwise, the Patriots are going to be in for a long season. Because while they’re 2-0 now, they haven’t even reached the hard part of their schedule yet, and they’re already struggling to put up points. And that doesn’t bode well for them for the rest of the season.

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