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1. Lack of explosion on offense
Perhaps the most frustrating thing from the loss on Sunday was the yawn-inducing performance on offense. The longest passing play of the day was Gronk’s 30-yard catch, and the longest running play was a 13-yard slice by Brandon Bolden.
The lack of a potent run game allowed the Jets to allocate more attention and resources toward pressuring Brady. That translated into weaker, less accurate throws from No. 12, and routes downfield were rarely open.
The missing key in the Patriots’ passing game was the absence of an underneath receiver. Without Amendola or Edelman in the game, Brady’s favorite region to throw the ball when under pressure isn’t available. Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin can’t fill that role.
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