1st Down: It is now or never for the offense
The subject of the struggling offense has been talked about all season, from everyone in the local media to analysts on ESPN or the NFL Network to fans around the world. It is not something that we are used to seeing, especially with Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels at the helm of the offense.
But the offense has indeed been struggling and it is tough to watch at times. I have been asking myself at times, “How will this drive end? Turnover, three-and-out, or a turnover on downs.” It is sad to think of that about a Tom Brady-led offense, but it is true.
The Patriots are desperate for that one game in which the offense breaks out through the air and on the ground. The Bengals defense is one of the league’s worst, and the New England Patriots certainly have the edge when the offense takes the field. Cincinnati is giving up 25 points per game, nearly 400 yards of total offense, just over 242 yards through the air, and almost 160 yards on the ground.
This is the perfect recipe for the offense to finally have a breakout game and get things back on track as the playoffs get closer.