The Patriots lucked out here by a false start penalty on the Chargers at the end of last week’s game. Instead of attempting a 45 yard field goal, the 5 yard penalty forced Kris Brown to attempt from 50 yards which he ended up missing by about a foot, hitting the post.
The Patriots came out strong in this one to grab a pretty solid lead, going into halftime up 13-3. After a Benjarvus 1-yard TD run, the Pats grabbed a 20-3 lead midway through the 3rd quarter and seemed to be in complete control. However, the Chargers somehow found a way to battle back. They outscored the Patriots 17-3 in the 4th quarter finding themselves down only a FG with less than a minute on the clock. They did end up missing which sealed the deal for the Pats.
Not a lot of good came from this game for the Patriots. They got pretty lucky throughout. The Chargers had a few opportunities in the game, but like I mentioned in my previous blog, they ended up beating themselves. A rookie WR after catching the ball on the ground set the ball down without being touched and turned the ball over to the Patriots. Aside from that the Chargers had 3 other turnovers and had 69 yards worth of penalties. The Chargers have the talent, but for some reason seem distracted and are not playing in unison at all. Tom Brady looked pretty bad for his standards only going 19-32 with 1 TD pass. The one plus for the Patriots was their run-defense which held Ryan Mathews to 15 yards on 8 attempts. The Patriots schedule is not getting any easier with having to face the Vikings this week. But if they want to come away with another win they really have to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes.
Another issue with the Pats was with less than 3 minutes or so Coach Belichick decided to go for it on 4th and 1. If he got it, the Patriots would have secured a win for sure. He did not get it and they gave the opportunity to let the Chargers tie the game. If the Patriots hadn’t have been so lucky, Belichick would have for sure received a ton of scrutiny for this week.
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Written by David Reid