I’m honestly speechless.
The New England Patriots got flat out abused tonight. There is no other way to put it. The Chiefs played better than New England did, and they coached better than New England did, which is probably the bigger surprise.
The Chiefs racked up 443 yards of total offense tonight, while holding New England to only 290. The final score was 41-14, but let me tell you, it was a lot worse than that. As soon as the game started, you could tell the Pats were overmatched. Tom Brady missed receivers, the run game never got going, the defense couldn’t stop the run, and Alex Smith lit them up to boot.
Not. Good. Football.
Coming into this game, we knew the Patriots’ offense was going to struggle, but I don’t think anybody saw this defensive disaster coming. Vince Wilfork and the front seven got dominated from start to finish, and it was obvious they sorely missed Sealver Siliga in this one. Nobody played well on the defensive side, even Chandler Jones, who got off to a blazing start in the passing game.
And it is not like the Patriots don’t have talent on the defensive side. In fact, they have a ton of talent on that side of the ball. But when you look to the scheme, you realize New England just isn’t where they need to be, and that is on Bill Belichick.
On offense, the offensive line was bad once again, but to be completely honest, they weren’t the biggest problem tonight. The Pats inserted a few new guys into the starting rotation, so I don’t think we could have expected anything better than what we saw. Cameron Fleming struggled mightily in his first start, as did veteran Nate Solder, who was actually benched in the second half. Tom Brady wasn’t himself, the running game never got going, and the receivers couldn’t get open all night long. Even the reliable Julian Edelman struggled, as he only brought in four catches for 23 yards.
Things are going to have to change in New England. Because that performance was not acceptable.