The New England Patriots suffered their first lack of the season in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night time Soccer. Have the Patriots been uncovered?
The New England Patriots have been the final unbeaten group within the AFC. Sadly, they fell for the primary time this season in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night time Soccer in Week 9. All people loses, until you’re the 1972 Miami Dolphins, however did this loss to the Ravens in primetime depart New England uncovered in any method for the season forward?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Field, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, together with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, assess the harm that occurred in Maryland final Sunday evening and see if a deadly flaw has been uncovered within the Patriots system or in the event that they’re nonetheless on par for the course to achieve the AFC Championship but once more (3:11)?
“No, I don’t purchase into this complete factor that they’re performed,” mentioned Verderame. “I’ll say, and I’ve mentioned this for months on the podcast, the offense is an actual drawback. Their offense has some actual personnel points within the sense of, ‘who’s going to beat you deep?’ They don’t have anyone who can beat you deep.”
“I’m by no means fearful in regards to the New England Patriots,” mentioned Schwartz. “Till confirmed in any other case, we’re not going to fret about them. Final yr, they misplaced on the street to the [Miami] Dolphins and the [Tennessee] Titans…Like, I’m not involved in regards to the Patriots.”
Each Verderame and Schwartz have good factors. New England nonetheless stays the group to beat within the AFC, so there isn’t a actual want to fret about them at this level. Schwartz identified that New England went 3-5 on the street final yr and misplaced to a bunch of non-playoff group just like the Dolphins, Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions. In order that they’ll win the AFC East and get a first-round bye.
However as for what Verderame mentioned in regards to the offense, there may very well be some trigger for concern if New England is pressured to be in a shootout in opposition to a group just like the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. New England is greater than able to shutting a passing-centric offense down just like the Chiefs, however holding tempo with a high-octane offense will not be coming simple with this group. It might show pricey or it could not.
Listed below are a number of different subjects mentioned on this week’s episode of Stacking the Field:
- Have Geoff and Matt had Twitter meltdowns? (0:35)
- Are the 49ers or Saints the very best group within the NFC? (12:20)
- Titans TE Delanie Walker joins the present (14:55)
- Geoff and Verderame give their finest Week 10 sport (43:55)
All this and extra!