Many Concerns for the Patriots After Blowout Loss


Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) causes a fumble from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Wow! That was my response to the blowout game on Monday Night Football. My next response was: what is wrong with the New England Patriots? Well, there is no simple answer to that question.

The first problem with the New England Patriots is their entire offense.  Outside of Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell, there were no good players on the offensive side of the football on Monday. Even the legendary Tom Brady played poorly, especially for his standards.  He was BENCHED in the fourth quarter for a rookie quarterback, who came in, threw a touchdown, and almost matched Brady’s stats.

However, all of the blame cannot be placed on Tom Brady, because Brady is unable to throw the ball when he is on the ground. The offensive line has been a consistent issue for the Patriots, and it hasn’t gotten any better. According to ESPN, the Patriots’ quarterbacks were sacked three times. This is unacceptable for a professional offensive line. Bill Belichick also benched left tackle Nate Solder in the game against the Chiefs, desperately trying to find a way to fix the line. This is not a good sign for Patriots fans, because it means that Belichick has not thought of another idea to fix the line.

Even though the line is a big problem for the Patriots, there was nothing worse than the Patriots defense on Monday against the Chiefs. The Patriots could not stop Jamaal Charles, and a lot of people say it was because he is back and playing very well, but what if it really was that the Patriots defense was playing really bad? The Patriots defense has played outstandingly in all the other games this season, so hopefully the game on Monday was just a fluke. However, if it was more than just a fluke, than the Patriots are in real danger of not making the playoffs this year.