1st Down: First drive momentum
Last week, the New England Patriots drove 78 yards on their first possession of the game against the New York Jets. It set the tone for the rest of the game as they cruised to an easy 33-0 win. It is important to start the game off strong and put points up on the board.
However, the Cleveland Browns had other plans Sunday as they held the Patriots offense to a three-and-out. The Pats’ next possession ended in a Mike Nugent field goal, and then they punted again on their next drive. Before the quarter ended, Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for a touchdown to ignite some fire in the struggling offense.
“I thought we were able to start fast, play with good tempo early… three turnovers in three plays was pretty good there for the defense,” head coach Bill Belichick said in his postgame press conference, per the team’s official website.
10 points on four offensive possessions is a good way to start for any team, but with an offense that has been struggling all season long on early possessions, this is not good enough for the Patriots. Luckily, the defense once again came to play and bailed out the offense.