Well the Browns did exactly what they wanted to after beating the Super Bowl champs. They came out hot and beat up the league’s best team being the New England Patriots. There is not a whole lot to say about this game except that it looks like the Patriots did overlook the Browns and were more focused on this week’s matchup against the Steelers. The Patriots did not think they could be stopped and as soon as you knew it, the Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
There were really no positives coming from this game for the Patriots. Their young defense looked awful and gave up over 200 yards rushing to the Browns including 184 from Peyton Hillis alone. Tom Brady barely completed 50% of his passes going 19-36 with 224 yards and 2 TDs, yet one of his TD passes was tipped and caught by Aaron Hernandez. On top of Brady’s poor performance, the ground game looked awful as well. Nothing went well for the Patriots and I do give credit to the Browns for playing a hell of a game, but there is no excuse for the Patriots coming in with a 6-1 record to get blown out like this. Just absolutely pathetic.
All I can conclude after this game are possibly a few resolutions:
- Throw the ball to your best receiver (Wes Welker) way more.
o What happened to the good Brady-Welker days where Wes would catch 11 passes a game?
- Run the ball more
o Green-Ellis has played well when given an opportunity. However, giving him only 9 carries a game is not really going to get the job done. Especially when a lot of those carries are coming on 3rd-short and the defense knows a run is coming.
- Open up the Playbook
o Not having Randy Moss has hurt the Patriots in opening the field. But now that they don’t have him, they need to run some creative plays, or just different plays. It looks like they are running the same set of plays from week to week. Run some HB draws, some WR screens, some stop and goes to Brandon Tate, some RB screens, some end-arounds, anything to throw the defense off.
The Patriots really needed a win against this Browns team, because now they do face one of the league’s best being the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Written by David Reid