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Unsung heroes from the Patriots’ Week 7 loss to the 49ers

Related: 2 winners and 8 losers from the Patriots’ 33-6 loss to the 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette Stadium Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The New England Patriots have lost three straight games, and this week they have nothing to blame their performance on. In Week 4 their starting quarterback was out. Weeks 5 and 6 were filled with practice cancellations and a game postponement. In Week 7, they straight up sucked.

The quarterback play was unlike anything Patriots fans born after 1992 have seen. The play-calling was mind-boggling at points. Kyle Shanahan did what he does best and exploited the defense’s weaknesses to an almost cruel degree.

It’s going to be hard but we’ve tasked ourselves with finding the positives and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Just don’t expect to see the name Cam Newton anywhere past this point in the blog.

So, what went right in the Patriots 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers?

The Plays

Weekly John Simon propaganda

One of the reasons you never hear about John Simon is because he never makes the wrong play. Sure he’ll get blocked out of a gap or stonewalled in pass rush every once in a while, but he’s always doing his job. This is a good example of him doing his job and doing it extremely well. Being able to get around a hinge block and still stay on his path crashing down the line is something special. His ability to process responsibilities on every play is second to none.

Ja’Whaun Bentley with a couple of assists

Ja’Whaun Bentley is the perfect guy to take over Elandon Roberts’ old role, unfortunately he’s been forced into that of Dont’a Hightower. Despite being set up for failure (he’s a good player but is being forced to play to his weaknesses) he’s stayed true to what he does best and has been a force in the run game and as a situational pass rusher. The man is a tank coming down hill.

Damien Harris getting better by the play

At the risk of sounding negative, this is an example of the difference between Damien Harris and Sony Michel as runners. The Patriots ran a delayed draw on the first play of the game, Harris cut inside and was tackled for a 5-yard gain. On their second drive of the second half, they ran the same play. Harris let the blocks get set up, found a seam and hit it at full speed, finishing off his run for a 12-yard gain. He’s becoming a better, smarter runner by the play. He should be the feature guy moving forward.

The Player

WR Jakobi Meyers

Jakobi Meyers has gotten the short end of the stick consistently all season. He dealt with a shoulder injury in camp that set him behind. He made the roster but has been stuck behind N’Keal Harry (former first-round draft pick), Julian Edelman (second most receptions in team history), and Damiere Byrd (best receiver on the team through seven weeks).

So when N’Keal Harry went down in the first quarter on Sunday, Meyers was able to see some serious reps on the field for the first time all season and he did not disappoint.

He started his day with a couple of really good routes back-to-back. After the first catch was wiped away by a Joe Thuney holding call, they went right back to him to pick up the first down.

They went back to him on the next possession, this time in the slot, and he gave them the same result.

His consistency was a breath of fresh air at the wide receiver position. Most Patriot fans came away from Sunday thinking he should be playing more, and the head coach agrees.

We will see if that comes to fruition.

We will be back next week with more unsung heroes, sorry for the short blog this week, unfortunately the Patriots forced my hand as I am no miracle worker. Let me know who you thought played well on Twitter @KeaganStiefel or in the comments!