Most glaringly, is that the Patriots defense got that 42 hung on 'em. That coming on the strength of Kansas City garnering 537 yards. To be clear, the Chiefs are not exactly "high octane." The Pats simply did not rush Smith, did not make him move nor throw on the move. This allowed the moderate+ QB to make them look perfectly awful at times. Remember, Belichick is down two athletic to say the least defenders, in Jones and Collins. Personnel.
Now back to the offense writ large: Remember when it looked like the Pats would put them away in the 1st quarter? I mean if Gronk (whom I'm convinced must be an acquired taste) holds on in the end-zone, mayhaps they doth. But then they continued to over-target him. Six times to be exact... for a tally of two catches. Are they that excited to have a healthy Gronk, or do they find themselves lacking in other options? Personnel. What about the play of their o-line? They surrendered three sacks all in the second half. The first half saw way less pressure, enabling Brady to stand in his flat-footed manner, surveying the field. Were they fatigued? Personnel?
The season ends in a final Lombardi Trophy.
Perchance the most troubling news for the Patriots season moving forward comes via ESPN and again with personnel in mind: "New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, a key part of the team's plans as its adjusts to the season-ending injury sustained by receiver Julian Edelman, left Thursday's season-opening 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourh [sic] quarter with a head injury and was ruled out by the team."
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