Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterbackTom Brady
(12) looks to pass against the New York Jets during the second half at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 27-25. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
2. Offensive Line Coming Together
The Patriots came into this game down their two best interior lineman in Dan Connolly and Bryan Stork, but that didn’t matter. Josh Kline and Jordan Devey stepped right in against one of the most ferocious defensive lines in the league, and stonewalled them. Tom Brady had plenty of time to throw for the majority of the game, which is why New England came out with the win.
Technically, the box score has Brady taking one sack, but that was virtually a run by the quarterback. Brady rolled out on the play, there was nothing there, so he just slid down for a loss of one yard.
When the season began, I thought if Brady had time to throw the ball, he would lead a lethal offense. The Pats have a very good group of weapons, especially with Rob Gronkowski healthy once again. Over the last three games, Brady has gotten excellent protection, and the results have been pretty damn awesome. It was also nice to see Danny Amendola get involved again, as his 19-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was one of the most impressive catches of the year. Hopefully they can keep Amendola involved going forward, because this offense is better when he is making plays.
New England has gone up against arguably the two best defensive lines in football over the last two weeks, and I think the Pats’ offensive line has won the battle each time. And keep in my mind, they were down their top two interior lineman in both of those games.
Watch out, NFL. Brady’s offense is officially back.