Jacoby Brissett is definitely a rookie quarterback
In a year where Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott have played like savvy veterans, Brissett has most definitely played like a rookie. He made bad mistakes, like scrambling and fumbling in the red zone and bobbling an easy snap. He showed questionable pocket presence at times. He missed some wide open receivers. It wasn’t a good showing at all.
But at least he never looked rattled at any point during the game, which is a pretty good sign for his mental state. He just has to start making throws at a consistent rate. He finished the day 17 of 27 (63%) for 205 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions, along with 23 rushing yards. He was sacked 3 times.
Martellus Bennett was the entire offense
Forget the run game, where LeGarrette Blount picked up 54 yards on 13 carries and an extra 4 yards on 3 catches. Bennett’s 109 yards on 5 receptions was the Patriots only real offensive production on the day. RB James White was second on the team in receiving yards with 50, 30 coming on the final drive, as Brissett completed just one pass on 8 targets in the direction of Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Danny Amendola combined. It went for 16 yards.
Not a good showing.
The Patriots defense was awful across the board
Logan Ryan racked up 17 tackles on the day without a single pass defended. In fact, Dont’a Hightower was the only defender to get a hand on the ball.
You’d be hard pressed to find a player on the defense that deserves any praise. Just a terrible outing.
Ryan Allen had another good day
It’s not a good thing when the punter is the star of the day, but here we are. Allen was forced to punt from within his own 30 yard line four times and set the Bills inside their own 20 yard line twice. He gave the defense a chance, even though they squandered it every time.
I’m really stretching for good signs from the game.
The Patriots are in 1st in the AFC East and the GOAT returns
How’s that sound? The Patriots are 3-1 and the sole possessors of first place in the division. They welcome back the best quarterback in NFL history next week and tight end Rob Gronkowski looks close to a major return. The team moves up from here.