Play of the Game
There were many impressive plays that were made by the arm of Brady. But one that sticks out is the play action pass to Bennett for his third touchdown of the game.
While driving down field, the Patriots had Gronkowski and Bennett lined up on the right side of the line with White in the backfield. As Gronkowski and Bennett went to block the single defender on the edge, the pulled off and went downfield. Brady didn’t have time to set his feet and have a proper delivery, however, he didn’t need to.
The Browns left both Gronkowski and Bennett wide open. Regardless of who Brady threw to, it would have been a big gain, however, he opted to throw to Bennett to keep the ball away from the safety.
It may not have been as explosive as the plays that Hogan had downfield, however, this is a preview of things to come when both of these tight ends are on the field together. Deception will be the Patriots’ most lethal weapon.
Things to Improve
The Patriots had a great game for the most part and allowed just 13 points this week against the Browns, however, the defense is still struggling in the red zone.. They still remain near the bottom of the league in red zone scoring percentage allowing an ugly 80% (tied with Atlanta for 30th). With the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers coming up the next two weeks, it will be absolutely crucial for the defense to improve.
The Patriots didn’t need to rush too much during this game, but they must remain balanced on the ground. The last two weeks, it seems the rushing offense has taken a step backwards.