After a sloppy first half of Brady and the offense looking lethargic, we uttered the words that haven't been spoken in Patriot Nation for a long time - 'the defense is keeping us in this game'.
Despite the Patirots lack of anything offensively for most of the first half, the score was only 3-0 Chiefs. They waited until the 4:18 left in the 2nd to finally wake up and turn the lights on.
The defense continued their improvement and the offense overcame a sluggish start to take down the Chiefs in Foxboro Monday night. The offense started slow trying to figure out the traps Romeo Crennel set, but once they found their groove, it was smooth sailing.
Tom Brady again wasn’t at his sharpest, but got into a rhythm with Rob Gronkowski and a strong run game to take down Kansas City. Brady (234 YDS, 2 TD) handled the pressure schemes Crennel sent and the offensive line shook off a shaky start and after Dan Connolly went down with an injury, Ryan Wendell stepped in and they pulled together. Gronkowski lead the receivers with (4 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD), as it was a slow night for Wes Welker and Deion Branch (4 Catches). Benjarvus Green-Ellis lead the ground attack (20 CAR, 81 YDS) and we got a glimpse at rookie Shane Vereen (39 YDS 1 TD) in the fourth quarter.
Julian Edelman aslo got in on the action with some great moves to break free and find daylight on a 72 yard punt return for a TD.
The defense took another step towards gelling, as Kyle Arrington had 2 interceptions and quickly becoming a household name, leading the NFL with 7 picks.
Andre Carter (.5 sacks) and Mark Anderson (1.5) again were major factors in the pass rush department getting after Tyler Palko and sacking him. The front seven were solid against the rush and got good pressure against the Chiefs offensive line. Jerod Mayo led the way with (11) tackles playing the middle linebacker role to the letter and clogging run lanes.
This was a good test as the Patriots did what they were supposed to do against a decimated team, they dominated them.
Bill Belichick is in the stretch run and they look like they are just getting in tune.