4 Ups, 4 Downs From Patriots’ Loss To Broncos

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

FOXBORO (CBS) — Many people anticipated this Broncos-Patriots matchup to be a bit of bit boring. However we didn’t fairly see it going like this.

The Patriots — regardless of their accidents and their COVID-19 points — had been nonetheless anticipated to deal with enterprise in opposition to the inferior Broncos on Sunday afternoon. However, as we would have liked to be reminded every so often, there’s a purpose they play the video games.

The Patriots’ offense was nonexistent for 3 quarters, the protection was simply OK, and the tip outcome was a fourth quarter deficit that proved too steep to beat. The Broncos received, 18-12, and the Patriots at the moment are sitting beneath .500 in the course of October.

Not a lot has gone the way in which the Patriots envisioned this season, and this intestine punch of a loss is the most recent proof.

Listed here are the 4 Ups and 4 Downs from the sport. As is custom after Patriots losses, we after all will start with the Downs.

FOUR DOWNS

Cam Newton And The Offense

Cam Newton (Picture by Maddie Meyer/Getty Photos)

All of us perceive that training is a vital a part of enjoying soccer. With out follow, it’s onerous to actually thrive in a sport.

Nonetheless … the Patriots’ passing sport was an additional degree of unhealthy on Sunday. A number of that needed to do with Newton, who absolutely had loads of relaxation after his lengthy absence as a result of COVID-19. He didn’t put sufficient loft on an early display screen cross, resulting in an interception. He had no pocket consciousness on a vicious Anthony Chicikillo sack within the first half, too. He skipped a bounce cross to Julian Edelman on a 3rd down, ending one drive, and he by no means fairly appeared comfy within the pocket. He additionally fumbled on considered one of his 4 sacks taken.

Newton completed the sport with 17 completions on 25 passes for 157 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, each of which got here off deflected passes on the line. The Patriots’ main receiver was working again James White (eight receptions, 65 yards), with Damiere Byrd and Ryan Izzo every catching three passes for 38 yards apiece.

For that matter, the working sport (outdoors of Newton) wasn’t nice, both. In some regard, a poor offensive displaying was to be anticipated after virtually no follow time over two weeks. Nonetheless, it might have been higher than that.

Ryan Izzo

Ryan Izzo fumbles. (Picture by Billie Weiss/Getty Photos)

Trailing by 12 factors late within the third quarter, the Patriots’ offense was lastly mounting a worthwhile drive. Or so it appeared.

Newton linked with Izzo over the center for a straightforward chunk play, gaining 17 yards and getting the Patriots to the Denver aspect of the sector. But Izzo coughed up the soccer whereas getting tackled by Michael Ojemudia. Justin Simmons scooped up the soiled laundry, and a uncommon scoring alternative for the Patriots disappeared within the flash.

On a day when Izzo was the one Patriots tight finish to be focused in any respect, that was a killer.

Jermaine Eluemunor

Jermaine Eluemunor (Picture by Maddie Meyer/Getty Photos)

The correct sort out was sadly within the mistaken place on the mistaken time, as a large number of huge our bodies rolled onto his ankle after Anthony Chickillo sacked Cam Newton within the first quarter. The O-line was already with out David Andrews (thumb), Shaq Mason (COVID-19 record), and James Ferentz (COVID-19 record), so the additional harm clearly made issues a bit more durable for the offense as a complete.

Not lengthy after exiting, the Patriots introduced that Eluemunor’s return was questionable, and within the third quarter he was downgraded to out.

Lack Of Urgency

Invoice Belichick (Picture by Maddie Meyer/Getty Photos)

Whereas we are able to all perceive the impact {that a} lack of follow time has on the workforce, there’s nonetheless no excuse for being out-competed the way in which the Patriots had been on Sunday. That confirmed itself throughout the board, from gamers to coaches. The Denver protection bought in eight hits on the quarterback and compelled three takeaways, together with a diving, finger-tip catch by a 290-pound defensive lineman. The Denver offense wasn’t spectacular however mounted six straight scoring drives that averaged 46 yards every.

Invoice Belichick didn’t even give any thought to difficult the spot of a third-down play when it regarded like James White might need picked up the road to achieve, as an alternative punting the ball again to the Denver whereas trailing by 15.

Once more, not training is a problem. However the Patriots — very like the Titans did final week — might have used their hurdles as a rallying level to come back out and play an impressed sport. They merely didn’t.

FOUR UPS

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones intercepts a cross. (Picture by Maddie Meyer/Getty Photos)

It is going to seemingly get forgotten, given the bigger consequence, however Jonathan Jones had a wonderful soccer sport for New England. He broke up three passes ultimately zone, all of which had been supposed for Albert Okwuegbunam. Then he got here up with a tremendously athletic interception late within the fourth quarter to offer the workforce an opportunity to mount the game-winning drive.

On a day when there wasn’t a complete lot to have a good time, Jones was glorious.

Pink Zone D

For that matter, the Patriots’ protection — for all of its bending — didn’t fairly break on Sunday. The unit prevented the Broncos from reaching the tip zone, together with two purple zone stops and two extra stops after Denver had pushed contained in the 30.

Usually, conserving the opponent out of the tip zone for 60 minutes can be sufficient to win. The D simply didn’t get the complementary push from the offense on this one.

Nick Folks

Within the “Issues That Had been Taken For Granted For A long time” division, the kicker nailed an enormous one late within the sport to maintain the Patriots alive. It wasn’t a bomb by any means, however Folks’s profitable subject purpose from 38 with 3:27 left within the sport was cash, and it reduce Denver’s result in simply six factors.

Folks was 2-for-2 on subject objectives, hitting his different kick from 41 yards within the second quarter.

The Relaxation

No one else was value an whole “Up” to himself, so:

–J.C. Jackson made an enormous interception within the fourth quarter, peeking in at Drew Lock, who had some kind of miscommunication with receiver Tim Patrick.

That choose led to the sector purpose drive, which made it a one-score sport.

John Simon delivered one of many Patriots’ two sacks on the day, and it was an enormous one. Simon sacked Lock for a 13-yard loss, serving to to kill Denver’s hopes for a landing and forcing Brandon McManus to kick a protracted 54-yard subject purpose.

Mike Onwenu and Cam Newton labored onerous to get better a fumble after the QB was stripped deep in New England territory.

You possibly can e-mail Michael Hurley or discover him on Twitter @michaelFhurley.

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