“NFL Turning Point” takes a look at the Patriots defensive performance against the Arizona Cardinals leading an to upset victory.
The Patriots coaching staff had a great game plan to take away the best things that Arizona does, have Kyler Murray be a factor running the ball, and taking away DeAndre Hopkins.
Today was the first game all year, that Murray has been held out of the end zone
The Patriots may catch a break with Murray’s sore shoulder, he may not be able to run as much, but this should still be a big advantage for the Cardinals.
Tannehill isn’t throwing the ball 75+ yards in the air and even if he does, the team just signed 6’4 Obi Melifonwu who has a 40-inch vertical leap and can run like a scalded dog.
Lost in the wild, wacky, horribly-played lateral play was a plethora of unforced errors and bad situational football which placed them in the position in the first place.
The Patriots running game is nearly back to full strength with Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead as the three main backs in the backfield.
It didn’t help matters that the offensive line wasn’t having a good night either. The Patriots were 0-11 on third down, that isn’t going to get it done.
The Patriots offense had to rely on their running backs as their wide receivers were MIA in Miami all game long and were a complete non-factor.
The team may get back Chris Hogan this week. He’s been at practice and if he’s able to go would signal a huge boost in the Patriots passing game.
Look for Brady to work the tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett as well as the running backs, James White and Rex Burkhead heavily into the mix.
Stills who they’ll probably operate out of the slot against Jonathan Jones. Miami quarterbacks have a 117.4 passer rating when targeting Stills
With the continued moves the Patriots are conducting in free agency, it makes their job a bit easier once the draft rolls around. Without as many holes to fill, they can be flexible and opt for the best player available or move up and down if they so choose.
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