1st Down: It is now or never for the offense
The New England Patriots offense didn’t play spectacular on Sunday but they did run the offense with balance. They gained nearly 300 yards against a Bengals defense that certainly came to play against the Patriots.
Tom Brady didn’t have his best day on Sunday but again, he protected the ball – and without his top guy Julian Edelman (who played hurt through the game and wasn’t a factor) he was still able to find other guys to make plays. One of those guys was James White, who scored the opening touchdown and finished the day with three catches for 49 yards and ran the ball three times for 13 yards.
Speaking of running the ball, the New England Patriots as a team rushed for 175 yards. Sony Michel pitched in with nearly 90 yards on the ground and was ready to roll from the get-go. Rookie N’Keal Harry also helped out in the running game as a jet sweep specialist of sorts, as he ran the play two times for 22 yards. Harry’s day wasn’t don’t there though, as he added a couple of catches… including a touchdown in the back of the endzone.
This is a positive step for the New England Patriots offense as the season ends and the playoffs begin.