New England Patriots: David Andrews on PFF’s Team of the Week
By Nick Ziegler
Pro Football Focus recently released their Week 7 Team of the Week. Who made the team from the New England Patriots?
In Week 7, the New England Patriots were able to pick up a big win against the Atlanta Falcons. In the win, the Patriots played arguably their best all-around game of the season despite playing against a team with a lot of talent.
While the Patriots’ defense got a lot of credit against the Falcons and deservingly so, the offense also did a very good job. So far this season, it has been the Patriots’ defense and offensive line that has taken a lot of the heat for the struggles of the team.
In the past few weeks, however, both are starting to improve. In Week 7, the Patriots’ defense only surrendered seven points to the Falcons, and that came on a late touchdown reception by Julio Jones on a great catch. For the offensive line, they were able to dominate the line of scrimmage and help the Patriots establish a great rushing attack in Week 7.
Recently, Pro Football Focus announced the Team of the Week for Week 7. On this team was Patriots center David Andrews, who played a great game against the Falcons. Here’s what PFF had to say about Andrews’ performance.
"Elite Stat: David Andrews allowed no pressures from 32 pass-blocking snaps.David Andrews has one of the best performances of his career this Monday night against the Falcons. It marks the second-straight week that he hasn’t given up a pressure of any kind, but this week he also had the run blocking to go with that pass protection performance. The Patriots averaged 5.8 yards on runs that went immediately either side of his blocks."
Seeing Andrews lead the offensive line for the Patriots is really important moving forward. Last season, the Patriots had one of the best offensive lines in football. So far in 2017, Tom Brady has been sacked a ton and the running game has been pretty ineffective. However, the strong running performance from the New England offense will help both Brady and the passing attack in addition to the defense.
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Getting the offensive line back to the form of 2016 will be crucial if they want to repeat as Super Bowl champions. With Andrews starting to play at a high level, hopefully, that play will help spread along the rest of the offensive line.