The Patriots At The Halfway Point
We have reached the halfway point in the NFL season.The Patriots are going in to the bye week at 6-2. Yesterday’s win was all about field goals for the Patriots. They couldn’t convert in the red area. Good thing the Chargers are stupid because if it was a better team they would’ve lost.
Bill Belichick On Yesterday’s Win
Bill Belichick was asked about the offense not scoring and the defense giving up big plays. He said “Yeah, we’re obviously not doing a very good job in that area and that’s something we have to do better at. No question about it. We’re giving up too many big plays on defense and can’t convert on third down in the read area. Those are two huge issues. ”
The Patriots have five road games from now till Christmas Eve. Starting with Denver a week from Sunday then they travel to Mexico to play the Raiders. In the AFC there are only two other teams besides the Patriots who are 6-2 the Pittsburgh Steelers who have issues with players not getting the ball enough. The quarterback doesn’t know if he still has it. The Kansas City Chiefs who will find a way to choke when it matters the most. Doesn’t matter in January if they came to Foxboro in September and beat the Patriots.
“Yep, that’s a good word for it. We didn’t finish them off. I think we just have to do a better job of that. I know I’ve said that about 100 times this year, but it’s tough. I mean, we’re trying. It’s just the execution is coming up a little short in critical times. I’m glad we won. That’s the most important thing. You know, starting 0-1 and then being 6-2 – you know, a lot of mental toughness. So, that’s good, and we’ve got to keep it going. You know, biggest games are ahead of us, so we’re going to have to go play well. ” We’ll see what happens in the second half of the season as there is still a lot of work to do.