Invoice Belichick coached in his five hundredth profession NFL sport on Sunday, and it was largely an afterthought due to the shoddy situation of his soccer group.
Jakobi Meyers exacts revenge towards a Patriots group that desperately wants him
Invoice Belichick mentioned Malik Cunningham, Patriots’ penalties after loss vs. Raiders
The Patriots are in hassle, of us. And never the sort of hassle that just a few tweaks right here and there’ll repair. They’re a 1-5 soccer group with a dreadful offense. Defensively, the losses of Matthew Judon and Christian Gonzalez are beginning to present.
They’ve now misplaced to Josh McDaniels and the Raiders thrice in a row. The Raiders are .500 this 12 months and went 6-11 final 12 months. Shedding to groups which have guys like Jalen Hurts, and Tyreek Hill, and Micah Parsons is one factor. However constantly dropping to the Raiders, who’re constructed by, coached by, and powered by former Patriots, is one other.
Jakobi Meyers, who scored Las Vegas’s opening landing, was on the Patriots final 12 months. So was Brian Hoyer, who got here in after beginning quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a again harm. The top coach is Josh McDaniels, who spent 20 years in Foxborough, and the overall supervisor is Dave Ziegler who spent eight seasons within the Patriots group.
That’s to not point out the lately launched Chandler Jones, who famously mashed Mac Jones’s facemask into the Allegiant Stadium turf on a game-winning fumble return for landing on Meyer’s failed lateral final 12 months.
The Patriots’ offense fell flat when it mattered but once more, however the protection was unable to sack Hoyer or power him into making any turnovers.
Listed below are just a few ideas from the motion.
DeVante Parker drops an enormous one
The Patriots had the ball with greater than two minutes to go within the fourth quarter, however have been unable to finish the comeback bid.
Mac Jones threaded a deep ball between two defenders and hit DeVante Parker within the fingers, mid-stride. A catch would have put the Patriots previous midfield, into Raiders territory. However, Parker dropped it.
“I assume that’s simply what occurred, I used to be behind the protection,” Parker mentioned. “I bought it with my fingertips, I believe, however I didn’t get the complete grasp of it.”
The move would have been a game-changer if it have been full, Jones mentioned.
“DP is a superb deep ball risk,” Jones mentioned. “We sort of agreed that we wished that route. Only a powerful play. If it goes the opposite approach we’d go down there and win, however we didn’t. It’s simply powerful. That’s soccer. However on the finish of the day I’ve loads of belief within the receivers, and I felt like their power this week was actually good.”
However, Mac Jones had a ‘horrendous’ mistake of his personal
Horrendous was the phrase CBS broadcaster Tony Romo used to explain the interception the that Jones threw within the second-quarter.
Jones was attempting to do an excessive amount of on the play, he defined after the sport.
He ran exterior of the pocket and noticed that he had Hunter Henry open, however a Raiders participant bought in his face and Jones threw the ball over Henry’s head proper to the opponent.
It was simply the newest in a string of poorly executed performs which have which have resulted in turnovers for Jones.
After which, within the fourth-quarter, the Patriots’ comeback bid ended with Jones being sacked within the endzone for a security.
“Positively going to take a look at the method and see the place I can get higher to get higher outcomes,” Jones mentioned. “I do know we’re all working actually arduous. All of us actually look after one another, and now we have group of men, so I do know it’s irritating for everyone. We’re essentially the most annoyed there will be. Simply bought to look at with truthful eyes, that’s what I all the time say.”
Not sufficient stress with out Judon
The Patriots’ pass-rush didn’t look fairly the identical with out Matthew Judon on the market, which was to be anticipated.
The Patriots had solely two tackles for loss and no sacks.
Christian Barmore performed nicely within the center and helped the Patriots stuff Las Vegas’s run sport. Jabrill Peppers popped Davante Adams with an enormous hit that resulted in a Jahlani Tavai interception. Anfernee Jennings, one of many gamers linebackers coach Jerod Mayo talked about helps to fill the Judon void, had six tackles together with a sort out for loss.
Rookie Keion White, who can be taking on a few of Judon’s snaps whereas he’s out, left with a head harm. One other hit to the Patriots depth up entrance.
Patriots dodged a bullet with the Sam Roberts penalty
Patriots defensive lineman Sam Roberts was whistled for a private on a field-goal try that gave the Raiders an additional first-down on their facet of the sector.
The Patriots’ protection held sturdy and held Las Vegas to a field-goal on that drive, nevertheless it simply may have been a lot worse.
Patriots may have used Jakobi Meyers
The one receiver to catch a landing in Sunday’s sport was Meyers. He reeled in a leaping 16-yard catch within the Raiders’ finish zone early within the second quarter.
He logged 5 catches for 61 yards together with the landing.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, whom the Patriots signed in free-agency for a contract in an identical value vary of the one Meyers signed with Las Vegas, was inactive.
Meyers has 335 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. That’s greater than any Patriots receiver in each classes.
The schedule doesn’t simpler for some time
Subsequent up for the Patriots is a pair of divisional video games towards Buffalo [who ended New England’s season with a blowout loss in last year’s playoffs] and Miami [who already beat them this year] .
With New England sitting at 1-5, the Patriots stand an honest probability of reaching 1-7 except they shortly determine some drastic modifications.
There are winnable video games left on the schedule [Colts, Giants, Commanders, etc.], however New England will first need to go although a pair of stout AFC East opponents.
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