How good have the Patriots been against opposing quarterbacks this season compared to 2018? The results are pretty staggering so far.
Is Rob Gronkowski struggling through the first six games? That’s what some have been saying, but the numbers seem to tell a different story.
Some interesting numbers after five weeks for the Patriots offense, with a different take on some stats after comparing some totals at this point last season. Here’s a little good news, bad news after looking things over.
Reid is an incredible innovator. He has blended a wonderful marriage of the Bill Walsh West Coast offense that he was raised on, and the college spread.
A look at how the Patriots passing game started last season is enough to raise the red flag when you look a this year’s totals, which proves they’re obviously playing nowhere close to what they’re capable of.
Some started predicting Brady’s demise as Brady’s totals dropped, but instead, the numbers essentially show that Brady simply wasn’t himself while dealing with the injury.
Jimmy Garoppolo may have only managed two regular season starts during his tenure in New England, but he certainly made the most of them.
Losing Julian Edelman was obviously a difficult blow to begin the season and his loss isn’t the only thing having an effect on Brady’s totals down inside the red zone this season.
Rob Gronkowski’s groin injury will likely be one of the biggest topics of discussion for this week, but if he’s not on the field this Sunday against the Texans, Tom Brady and the offense may find themselves back in the situation they were in back in week one.
Sunday’s American Football Conference Championship Game pits the two teams that have ruled the AFC this millennium. Including next month’s game in Houston, either the Steelers or Patriots will have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl ten times since 2001.
The Patriots will methodically do what they need to do to win, while also minimizing opportunities for Houston to come away with an upset victory. Houston has had issues this season with their special teams coverage. That could set the Patriots up with a short field and a quick score. Once the Pats take a lead this Texan team is in trouble. Their offense does not have the talent to keep up with the Patriots.
Looking at the final totals from this season, it was interesting to see how all of the opposing passers the Patriots faced this season matched up.
For a player who missed a quarter of the season, Tom Brady hit the ground running and never looked back in 2016 as he finished with one of his best statistical seasons of his career.
When it comes to the players who have had the most success in the red zone, it’s certainly frustrating that they’ll be without one of them over the final playoff push against some tough opponents.
Here’s a quick look at some numbers outside the normal stat sheet following the Patriots win on Sunday along with some additional notes.