Patriots pass rusher Chase Winovich finally got a chance on Sunday night, and showed why he belongs in New England. Quote machine.
Sure, the New England Patriots, at their peak, have been a well-oiled machine on offense and defense. Six-time Super Bowl champions. Best offense in league history in ’07. No big deal.
But real Patriots football? That’s when the Pats know they have you beat, when you’re stuck in the sopping wet mud and they’re bringing the thunder to halt you in your tracks.
That’s what we got on Sunday night, when the finesse-based offense of the Baltimore Ravens met a Foxborough monsoon, and the Patriots defense, from the McCourty brothers to Josh Uche, Kyle Dugger and Chase Winovich earned their stripes in hideous conditions.
After the game, a recently-disgruntled Winovich showed off a lighter side, even asking for the weather to be worse next time, if possible.
Yeah, that’s how we like our football players built in this particular city.
New England hasn’t seen quite as much Winovich as we expected to when he was selected out of Michigan in 2019, but the emergent second-year pass rusher pieced together an excellent game in the muck on Sunday.
From just five snaps in Week 8 (?) to 65 of 66 total snaps in Sunday’s slopfest, Winovich has come a long way in a very short period of time. And though it’s tough to judge this week’s efforts without proper context weather-wise, the Pats definitely delivered some semblance of a pass rush.
For this reason and many others, Nov. 15 might’ve been the happiest football day we’ve had since Feb. 2019’s Super Bowl. And Winovich? Trust us, he gets it.
New England takes the field in one week with the chance to get to 5-5 against a reeling Texans team, and we can assure you they’ll be plenty prepared to defeat Houston despite the elements being quite different.
No rain, no sleet, no problem…hopefully.