The Patriots looked downright pitiful once again on Monday night, losing their 3rd straight. Coming into this game, the Patriots had not scored a touchdown in 2 games. This streak would end following a Cam Newton rushing touchdown, but the offense couldn’t produce much more. At the half, the Patriots trailed 24-9 thanks in part to a 50 yard TD connection from Bills QB Josh Allen to WR Stefon Diggs. These 9 points would be all the Patriots could muster in the entire game. Even with a second half quarterback change to QB Jarrett Stidham, the offense remained dormant.
This offensive performance was sad, unsurprising. The Patriots offense has been struggling this entire 2020 season, and Monday was no different. The Pats’ overall offense rank has been mostly in the 20s out of all 32 teams this season. Pitiful is the perfect word to describe this offense because even when the Pats reach the red zone I don’t think anyone is confident in them scoring a touchdown.
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The offense lacks production from key positions. The Pats’ interior offensive line has been solid, with David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and rookie Michael Onwenu allowing limited amounts of pressure. The edge protectors have been a real problem. OT Jermaine Eluemenor hasn’t been his best following his return from injury, allowing lots of pressure. Additionally, rookie OT Justin Herron has been mediocre at best in his starts. To be fair, the only reason Herron is playing is because of starting OT Isaiah Wynn’s season-ending injury.
Blocking miscues were not limited to the offensive line Monday, as the tight ends for ‘involved’. Rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene both allowed QB pressures. Asiasi’s resulted in a sack of QB Cam Newton. The Patriots' offense has also been devoid of wide receivers this season. This lack of wideouts was shown early in this game. WR Damiere Byrd dropped what could've been a touchdown on a double pass from Cam Newton. This drop held the Patriots to a field goal and kind of killed the momentum. It also hasn't helped that the Patriots have been without their top receiver, Julian Edelman, for multiple weeks.
In all, the Patriots looked awful on offense and got no help from their defense. Josh Allen ran up the score on the Pats in a demoralizing fashion. I hope the Patriots are able to use this as motivation for 2021, but the only thing to look forward to now is the offseason and the uncertainty that lies ahead.
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