Another week and another edition of three ups and three downs is here for you to take head on. Unfortunately, the Patriots came away losing their second consecutive game 23-16 to the Kansas City Chiefs. The loss moves the Patriots down to 10-3. But with Houston and Buffalo both losing yesterday, they still solely own the number two seed in the AFC. Before we go forward, let’s look back at three ups and downs from the Chiefs game.
Up: Julian Edelman
Edelman is back to looking like his old self. There were a few weeks where it looked like Edelman was off. He continued to be a thorn in the Chiefs side as he finished with eight receptions for 95 yards. He also scored on the Patriots first touchdown on a flea flicker.
The squirrel is getting loose again for Tom Brady to throw to consistently. Edelman is going to be an even bigger factor than before for the Patriots if they want any hope of making another postseason run.
Down: Jakobi Meyers
Jakobi Meyers was brutal to watch last night. He had so many opportunities to make plays and he just kept dropping passes left and right. Sure, he caught the James White pass on a trick play to bring the Patriots to the Kansas City 35. But let’s be honest, even I could have caught that ball with how open Meyers was when the play developed. Meyers keeps taking steps backwards and that’s not a good sign at this point in the season. The rookie wide receiver better turn it around and fast!
Up: James White
Another solid game from James White in this one. He was all over the field from catching, to rushing, to even throwing! He completed the one pass he threw for 35 yards to Jakobi Meyers late in the game. The running back also averaged 5.5 rushes per attempt, and caught five passes for 27 more yards. White has become a big part of the offense in a time when a spark is needed. Something tells me that he is going to continue to be significant to this offense as they push for a high playoff seed.
Down: Sony Michel
In a game when the rush could have been a help on offense, Sony Michel was nowhere to be found. He had five carries on the night for eight yards. If you do the math on that, that’s an average of 1.6 yards per carry. This would have been the PERFECT game for Michel to break out and help the Patriots offense. That didn’t happen and the second year running back was basically irrelevant last night.
Up: Devin McCourty
Devin McCourty had one of his better games on the season. He led the defense in tackles for the night. He also had the big tackle to cause Travis Kelce to fumble and give the Patriots possession at their own 43 yard line. McCourty has been steady this season for the Patriots defense. But last night, he really showed up and was flying all around the field.
Down: The Officiating
This needs to be talked about. The officiating crew was awful last night. Granted yes, the Patriots made their fair share of mistakes. But look at how many calls were just brutal to watch.
The Kelce Fumble? That should have been taken back for a potential touchdown. At the worst, you’re deep into Chiefs territory.
The N’Keal Harry non touchdown call? LOL. He wasn’t even close to being out of bounds.
The Phillip Dorsett non-PI call? I didn’t know you could hug a guy before the ball comes and get away with it.
The referees need to do their job better, plain and simple.
A rough game all around for the Patriots. A silver lining though is that the Patriots held the Chiefs to three points in the second half. Give me these two teams again in the AFC playoffs with a different officiating crew and I strongly believe the Patriots win the rematch. Now the mission is clear. Win out your last three games and be ready for a home divisional game followed by a potential road tilt with Baltimore for the AFC championship. For now, we’re on to Cincinnati.