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The Patriot Way – New England Patriots News 1/20



– Well this one hurts.  In all reality, given all the injuries and defections this team faced, getting this far has to be considered a lofty achievement.  Doesn’t make it any better though.

– Corner Aqib Talib went down after an illegal pick from former Patriots Wes Welker (no penalty was called), forcing Logan Ryan into more extensive playing time.  This proved to be a key moment of the game as the Broncos were successful attacking the weakened Patriots secondary from that point on.

–  The defense struggling is not surprising in the least (though they were historically bad yesterday).  This was at best a mediocre squad before all the injuries occurred, but the offense not doing anything was a complete surprise.  Early in the game Brady missed a wide open Julian Edelman deep down the sideline for what would have been a touchdown.  That play could have possibly changed the way the game progressed, but the truth is the Patriots just couldn’t get anything going offensively.  Ryan Wendell simply could not block Terrance Knighton which was a big problem.

– Though they lost yesterday, the outlook for 2014 is bright.  There are a few key decisions to be made as far as free agents go (Julian Edelman and Aqib Talib being the top two), and some decisions to be made with players already on the roster, but the potential for 2014 to be a much better year is great.

– It is now officially NFL draft season and we can clearly see the needs that the team should address in free agency and the draft this off season.  Check out Musket Fire for analysis of the team and any moves they make.


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