The (7-2) New England Patriots are on the road to face the (4-4) Tennessee Titans with a 1:00 PM ET kick off on CBS. We have everything you need to prepare for the Patriots last game before their bye week!
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville TN
SB Nation affiliate: Music City Miracles
TV: CBS, with Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color commentary) and Evan Washburn (sideline)
Early Games Rooting Guide
Bills at Jets: Oh boy. This game is a nightmare, but the Patriots will be rooting for the Bills to win to negatively impact their draft stock, giving both teams a 3-7 record.
Jaguars at Colts: The Patriots want the Colts to win for the sake of strength of victory and to further push the Jaguars out of contention.
Cardinals at Chiefs: The Patriots want the Cardinals to knock out the Chiefs.
Saints at Bengals: The Patriots want the Saints to win to sink another AFC rival.
Falcons at Browns: The Patriots want the Falcons to win to weaken Cleveland’s record and affect the AFC North’s strength of schedule, while also boosting the late round pick that the Patriots get in return from the Josh Gordon trade.
Lions at Bears: The Patriots want Chicago to win for the sake of “strength of victory”.
Washington at Buccaneers: This game doesn’t matter to the Patriots.
Patriots inactives: No Rob Gronkowski or Shaq Mason, while Sony Michel returns!
Five questions with Music City Miracles: Offense | Defense
The Patriots finally won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Unfortunately, the Titans returned the kickoff 58 yards to the Patriots 40-yard line and followed that up with a 24-yard pass to Corey Davis with Stephon Gilmore in coverage to get into the red zone. Dion Lewis carried the ball four times for 12 yards, and then Marcus Mariota found tight end Jonnu Smith on a crosser ahead of Patrick Chung for an easy touchdown and 7-0 lead. Not a good start for New England.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense tried to respond, but Brady made a bad decision to throw to James White for -3 yards on first down (Cordarrelle Patterson was wide open on the other side) for a loss and then threw into the dirt to Julian Edelman. Brady then threw a beautiful deep ball to Josh Gordon for 44 yards to get into field goal range, and then three straight passes to Gordon- two incomplete, one a drop- for zero yards. Stephen Gostkowski hit the 52-yarder to bring the score to 7-3.
Oof, Stephon Gilmore decided to stay in New England this week. Corey Davis caught a rainbow 23-yard touchdown over Gilmore (albeit on a coverage-beater where Jonathan Jones was likely supposed to be in tighter coverage underneath), giving Davis 63 yards and a touchdown on three catches. The Patriots run defense has also been awful, with Lewis and Derrick Henry gaining 40 yards on 8 carries. Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense are rolling with a 14-3 lead.
Gilmore has allowed a season-high 63 yards on those three completions. He allowed 57 yards in the past three games combined.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 11, 2018
That said, the Patriots have been pretty close to a couple forced turnovers, so I wonder if we’ll see some improvement as the game wears on.
Tom Brady has been #NotGood today, throwing well behind James White on first down. Sony Michel returned for a 2-yard gain- the Patriots first carry of the day- and then Brady held on the ball too long and was sacked on third down as the Patriots had to punt. The Titans returned the punt to midfield.
It’s only been 10 minutes, but I don’t think we’ve seen a worse version of the team in 2018. They’ve been awful in every facet of the game. Yuck. There’s still 50 minutes to turn it around.
Patrick Chung missed a tackle and Jonny Smith gained 29 yards on first down to get to the Patriots 20-yard line. Derrick Henry gained 5 yards on the next two carries and Mariota threw an incomplete pass to Davis as the Patriots defense finally (eyeroll) stopped the Titans offense. Ryan Succop hit the field goal to take a 17-3 lead. The Patriots need a touchdown on this next drive.
Brady found Julian Edelman for 29 yards on first down to cross midfield and then a a combination of 15 yards on 3 carries by Michel and a 14-yard grab by Gordon has the Patriots driving in the red zone to finish the first quarter.
Brady found Edelman to the short left for 5 yards and was stuffed on third down, but the Patriots went for it on fourth down and Brady hit White for 11 yards down to the goal line. Michel was stuffed on first down, but James Develin took the carry as the up-back on second down for a touchdown, bringing the score to 17-10.
The Titans went three-and-out and Tom Brady found Edelman for 30 yards on the first play of the next drive, but couldn’t capitalize as Gostkowski missed the 52-yard field goal attempt. Tennessee couldn’t do anything with the great field position and punted back to the Patriots to pin them at the 9-yard line. The Patriots went three-and-out and gave the Titans great field position at the New England 37-yard line.
Mariota and the Titans capitalized on the great field position with another 20 yards to Corey Davis over Gilmore on third down, 11 yards to Anthony Firkser over Devin McCourty on third down, and then Derrick Henry plunged in for the 1-yard touchdown score to extend the lead to 24-10.
The Patriots get a chance for a double-score with 69 seconds and a time out and the ball after the half. Brady has been wildly inconsistent, completing 8 of 16 (50%) for 130 yards, while only targeting Gordon (8 times), Edelman (4 times), and White (4 times).
Brady started the next drive with an incomplete pass to White after avoiding some pressure before throwing another incomplete pass to Gordon. Brady found Edelman for 11 yards and then Phillip Dorsett for 11 yards before taking a time out. Brady hit Dwayne Allen for 10 yards to get to the Titans 43-yard line before spiking the ball with 7 seconds left. Brady threw incomplete to Chris Hogan and instead of attempting a 60-yard field goal, Brady was sacked to finish out the half. This was awful.
Honestly, this has to be the worst performance of the Patriots all year. Tom Brady has been awful. The offensive line has been awful and Trent Brown left the game with an illness. Playcalling has been awful. Offensive skill players not-named Julian Edelman have been awful. Stephon Gilmore has been awful. The run defense has been awful. Special teams have been awful, with the Titans starting three drives in Patriots territory and a fourth drive on the Titans 42-yard line after a missed field goal.
I thought the Patriots awful game of the year was already in the past after week 3 against the Detroit Lions. This looks to be even worse.
Tom Brady past 10 quarters:— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) November 11, 2018
62/103 (60.2%), 780 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, 6 sacks, -52 yards. Passer rating of 87.0.
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the 35-yard line, but Sony Michel only gained 1 yard on first down, threw a wildly incomplete pass to Edelman on second down, and was sacked on third down. I’m all for not counting out Touchdown Tom, but Tom looks like he’s given up, too. The Patriots special teams continued their unimpressive play and allowed the Titans to return the punt 15 yards.
The Patriots forced the Titans to go three-and-out with a pair of outstanding run stops by Trey Flowers and Dont’a Hightower.
That was a microcosm of the entire Patriots game on that drive. Brady found Edelman on first down and Michel picked up the first down, but then Brady threw a deep pass wide of Chris Hogan, who was unable to get separation; Brady then doinked a ball off of Edelman’s helmet; Brady found Josh Gordon for a big first down; Brady was pressured and had to throw the ball away; Dwayne Allen and Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon all suffered various injuries; Brady dumped the ball to James White; Brady threw the ball incomplete to Jacob Hollister; Ryan Allen punted the ball.
The Patriots are getting embarrassed and there doesn’t appear to be a single solution. Titans receivers are getting wide open, Marcus Mariota is now scrambling, Dion Lewis is picking up yards after contact, and the Titans drove down to kick a field goal to take a three-score lead, up 27-10. New England has to be perfect over the final 19 minutes in order to make this a game.
It’s pretty clear that Josh McDaniels and the Patriots don’t trust the offensive line as they’ve been using a lot of misdirection and quick passes. LaAdrian Waddle was embarrassed by Brian Orakpo as James White was tackled for a 5-yard loss and the Patriots punted from the 43-yard line. This comeback isn’t happening.
The Titans have the ball on their 34-yard line to end the quarter. The Patriots are 1-14 under Bill Belichick when trailing by 17 or more through three quarters.
The Patriots forced the Titans to punt to start the fourth quarter. A nice throw to Jacob Hollister and a pair of passes to Julian Edelman moved the Patriots into Titans territory. Brady threw incomplete to Josh Gordon and then threw a hospital ball to Edelman on second down. On third down, Julian Edelman threw a pass to Tom Brady, who tripped and fell shy of the first down. It would have been an easy first down if he kept his feet. Marcus Cannon was flagged for a false start on fourth-and-one. Logan Ryan knocked the ball away from Edelman and the Patriots turned the ball over on downs. Julian Edelman went to the locker room. Oh boy.
Tom Brady eyeing the first down marker in the open field pic.twitter.com/2fYIRsG725— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) November 11, 2018
Ahahahahah incredible call by the Titans to draw up the same double reverse and pass to a quarterback. Marcus Mariota is clearly more athletic than Tom Brady and took it 21 yards and did not trip. Derrick Henry is closing out the game for the Titans, rushing the ball over and over until he reached the end zone for a 34-10 lead. The Patriots have never looked like they wanted to even compete in this game.
It’s Brian Hoyer time, but the Patriots are simply trying to run down the clock to get to the bye week. This game is over and the Patriots will fall to 7-3 as they head into the bye week.
It was a bad game by everyone on the Patriots from the players to the coaches, with Julian Edelman, Trey Flowers, and Dont’a Hightower the only players that decided to show up. We’re on to the bye week.
Use this as the open thread for discussion!