Belichick and the Patriots got their first fourth down conversion of the season on Sunday. (FILE:USPresswire)
Patriots fans are used to seeing head coach Bill Belichick go for it on 4th down, but so far this season it hasn’t happened too often.
They’ve gone for it on fourth down just three times this season, with Sunday’s win over the Rams being the first time they’ve actually converted one.
Belichick made a gutsy call with the score knotted at 7-7 on a 4th-and-1 from St. Louis’ one yard line during the second quarter of Sunday’s win. On the play Shane Vereen took the ball in over right tackle for the touchdown, putting the Patriots up 14-7 and they never looked back during their 45-7 win.
Prior to Sunday’s game New England other two times came in week six against the Seahawks on a 4th and 17 in their final possession of the game (they completed a 15 yard pass to Wes Welker but came up short), and in week five against the Broncos in the fourth quarter on a 4th and 5 which resulted in a sack and a loss of 20 yards.
Otherwise they’ve opted to punt 31 times (1 was blocked), and have tried 15 of their 17 field goal attempts on 4th down so far this season.