For those making Super Bowl predictions for the Patriots after watching their rebuilt offense in the first two preseason games last night left you scratching your head. The first half was pretty much a horror show for the first teamers. For all the good that was accomplished against Philadelphia and Tampa Bay it was nearly tossed out the window last night. How bad was the experience? By halftime it was humbling to the tune of: Three fumbles; Two Tom Brady sacks; One Brady interception and; A failed fourth-and-1 attempt. So no this wasn’t pretty. Four turnovers and a pair of sacks isn’t what you’re looking for in the game where the regulars see the most action. “We just didn’t play good. This is what happens when you don’t play good” Brady said following the 40-9 drubbing. “As a collective team effort we didn’t do much . . . we didn’t do anything in the first half except turn the ball over. You’re not going to score points in the NFL if you don’t string together a bunch of good plays. We made one or two then we’d shoot ourselves in the foot. We have to figure out how to correct that in a couple weeks or else it’s the same result.” Whether it was throwing or running the football the Pats basically went nowhere the first unit scoring just three points on the Lions during the opening half. The Pats converted just 1-of-7 third-down attempts. Their vaunted rushing attack gained a mere 32 yards on 18 attempts in that first half. Stevan Ridley running behind a starting offensive line that’s seen much better days had 8 yards on eight carries. But it’s the preseason. They can’t possibly look this bad when the real games start can they?
No night for optimism as Brady and Patriots stumble in Detroit
Boston Herald | Aug 23