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Patriots Week 6 Recap: Team Falls Short in Shootout with Cowboys

Coming off a comeback win in Week 5 against the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots looked to build a winning streak in Week 6.

The game itself was a roller coaster ride of emotions for New England fans. (myself included). In a game that saw multiple score changes and an offensive shootout ended in overtime heartbreak for the young New England Patriots.

In a game that saw a lot of positives for a young team, still ended up being a tough loss to swallow.

So, once again let’s break down the game by the two biggest phases in this game.

The Offense Showed it Can Hang with the Big Teams

This may sound silly to say, but the offense on Sunday looked a lot better than it did last week. Rookie, Mac Jones looked poised in the pocket when he needed to be (minus the one interception he threw, which led to a Pick 6).

Jones led the team on two drives that put the Patriots in the lead late in the game. One is a 13 play 75-yard drive that ended in a Rhamondre Stevenson touchdown to take a 21-20 lead with roughly 7 minutes left.

The other one being a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne with a little over 2 minutes left, this coming after throwing a pick 6 to Trevon Diggs.

The run game seemed to have picked up speed finally, as Damien Harris ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, while rookie, Rhamondre Stevenson got in for his first career NFL touchdown.

So, with that being said, it was overall a decent day for the offense. An offense that is slowly piecing it together week by week and trying to find an identity.

The Defense Came to Play in the First Half, Floundered in the Second Half.

The New England defense played very well in the first half of the game yesterday, they forced an interception in the end zone. They also forcing a fumble on the goal line on 4th down, it was the second half, in which it started to go downhill.

It appeared that the defense was absolutely gassed midway through the third quarter, as Dak was carving through them like a jack-o-lantern on Halloween.

It was in crucial moments was not able to come through, the most glaring moment was on a 3rd and 25 in the final seconds of regulation where they gave up 24 yards which would lead to the tying field goal.

The secondary was the biggest issue for the defense last night. Jalen Mills was the main target last night who saw the 24-yard reception on 3rd and 25, while also being part of the go-ahead touchdown.

Now, I will say that I really do not like blaming him for that touchdown because they were running Cover Zero on that play, so that was really just a scheming fault.

It was very Jekyll and Hyde for the defense who will look to bounce back next week.

What Comes Next for the Patriots?

So, what is next for this Patriots team? Well, they will face a division rival in the New York Jets in Foxboro on Sunday.

The Jets who are coming off a bye and a loss in London to the Falcons, have been struggling as of late. The last time these two teams met the Patriots forced 4 interceptions on Rookie, Zach Wilson en route to a win.

Now, no win is ever easy, and we saw that in Week 5 against the Houston Texans. Week 7 will be a good chance to get a bounce-back win.

-Jeff Hoak (@jeffhoak1)

Featured Image: Maddie Meyer (Getty Images)

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