New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, expressed some frustration following the team’s Week 2 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After a shaky Week 1 victory, the New England Patriots struggled in Week 2. The Patriots were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field, 31-20. The game wasn’t really even that close.
The Jaguars led 21-3 at halftime as New England was never able to get their footing. Whether it was the extreme heat, as on-field the temperature left like it was over 100 degrees or the injuries, the Patriots were not ready to compete.
While it was hot on the field, things were heated on the Patriots sidelined as well. As the second quarter got underway, Tom Brady could be seen yelling at his teammates on the sidelines.
This is nothing new on an NFL sideline, it is still not something you want to see happen, let alone get caught by cameras.
The frustrations did not stop there. Following the game, Brady expressed frustration in a post-game interview with WEEI.com, Alex Reimer.
"“It’s a long year. You have a bad day against a good team. That’s a recipe for losing. We certainly had a bad day. You’ve got to learn from bad days. Things just don’t magically happen. You’ve got to make them happen. All of us have to have more urgency to do things right more often over the course of practices and games, and then it’s a matter of us going out and executing. But it was us. First couple of drives, it was us.”"
The Jaguars defense was difficult for the Patriots to crack. After turning the ball over three times in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, the Patriots had one more against the Jaguars.
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Coincidentally, the one turnover was a lost fumble by Brady. Brady completed 24-of-35 passes for only 234 yards and two touchdowns. While the stats were decent, the performance was far from it.
Brady was sacked twice and hit only three other times, but he wasn’t able to get vertical against Jacksonville. Rob Gronkowski was a non-factor, catching only two of his four targets for 15 yards. Running back James White led the team in receiving, catching seven passes for 73 yards, giving more of an example how difficult it was to move the ball against Jacksonville.
While the passing game wasn’t great, it was a lot better than the ground game. New England managed only 82 yards on 24 carries in the game, equaling out to 3.4 yards per carry.
Jacksonville has one of the best defenses in the NFL. Having some struggles against them shouldn’t come as a surprise, so there is no need to panic, yet.
Next week’s game against the Detroit Lions provides New England with a bounce-back opportunity, as Detroit has struggled mightily the first two weeks of the season. It will be the first time former defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, faces off with his old team.