One first down, ten measly yards, doesn’t seem like much but for the New England
Patriots when needed it might as well be a mile. Once again the inability to close out a game
has reared its ugly head and now has pushed the Pats back to the Mendoza line. I am not going to act like this is
something new, it is just very frustrating and if it is not fixed soon you can simply kiss B&B’s fourth Super Bowl title together good-bye. I am not going
to go to crazy because the Pats have plenty of time to fix this issue and the real season does not begin until mid November or around Turkey Day. I am just so tired of hearing how élite this
offense has been the past couple of years and the accolades that have been thrown at this team for reinventing the wheel. Truth be told as of late Tom Brady has not been clutch, I know that it
is blasphemy to kill a man who has brought me three Lombardi trophies but if it smells, looks, and walks like it duck it is probably Tony Romo…….no
seriously it’s probably a duck. Tom has been great when it matters least, ala A-Rod, nothing like hitting a ninth inning home run to pad your stats when your team is down and out of the
game. This may be a lame example but since 2004 the lights that used to shine bright on Tom on the biggest stages have began to slowly dim. I do not feel confident
anymore if the Pats need to drive to when a game or simply convert one 1st down to ice it. Now I know that our record could simply be 5-1 if not for one missed FG in Arizona and one wide FG
in Baltimore, but that would be revisionist history, truth is this team is playing like a 3-3 team and must improve on all three sides of the ball, the third
being the sideline with the play calling or decision-making. I know Josh was brought back to run this
offense and visions of 2007 have run through my head, but with the new toys added in the offseason with the emergence of a power running game can we
please add a 1st down to win a football game, otherwise this team is always going to come up short.
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