First off, let’s address the elephant in the room. I didn’t write on a Monday for the first time in about two years. I apologize. With teaching, it’s been a whirlwind of a time. I’ve been trying to focus on that, so it simply got away from me. But we’re back now. *And now back to your regularly scheduled programming*
The New England Patriots faced a tall task Monday night. No Cam Newton due to a positive COVID test. You had the defending Super Bowl champions in their home stadium. It was a nearly impossible situation. Well, the Patriots couldn’t overcome the odds. They lost 26-10 to the Chiefs, dropping their record to 2-2. Let’s get into it.
Exclusive look inside Brian Hoyer’s brain pic.twitter.com/jZCESt7PFv
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 6, 2020
Barstool hit the nail on the head here. Mentally, Brian Hoyer played like an absolute rookie. He led the Patriots down the field at the end of the first half, down 6-3. With no timeouts and time running low, Brian hoyer not only took a sack…but tried calling another timeout!
With no timeouts left and in FG position, Brian Hoyer takes a sack. That’s how the first half ends. Yikes.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 6, 2020
This can’t happen, especially against the Chiefs. Throw the ball away and take a tie ballgame going into the half. If you thought that was bad, check out what he did to start the second half.
Brian Hoyer's fumble turns into a potential 14-point swing. Patriots had chance to take 10-6 lead, but now trail 13-3.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) October 6, 2020
Overall, Hoyer was 15/24 with 130 yards and an interception. He also left at LEAST six points on the board.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2020
Jarrett Stidham replaced Brian Hoyer late in the third quarter and actually threw a touchdown pass to N’Keal Harry. Stidham finished the night 5/13 with a touchdown and two interceptions. One of them was not his fault as Julian Edelman let the pass go right through his hands for a pick six the other way.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2020
The other interception was a bad read by Stidham. Overall, it was good to see the kid in the game. Send Brian Hoyer back to being your “QB coach” so to speak. Let Stidham get reps until Cam gets back.
The defense played exceptionally well. Giving up 19 points to the Chiefs is impressive, especially for a young defense.
Stephon Gilmore with the forced fumble!
— NFL (@NFL) October 5, 2020
There could’ve been more turnovers had it not been for drops by Devin McCourty and J.C. Jackson. And side note, can we all agree this was a strip sack turned interception?
Very quick whistle for the Chiefs. Play ruled a sack. Should have been a fumble recovery or INT for the Patriots. pic.twitter.com/6hhQkM8UOY
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 6, 2020
Yeah, this was an extremely quick whistle. Another year and another bad call for the Patriots against the Chiefs. We’ll get one eventually, right? Regardless, the defense rattled Patrick Mahomes for most of the night. They passed a tough test. If Cam plays in this game, the Patriots win easily. No doubt in mind! It’ll be fun to see the Patriots defense get better throughout this year. (Assuming we still have a season with COVID going on)
Too many mistakes in this game honestly. The Patriots could’ve won this game with everything going on. But oh well, it is what it is. Beat a hurting Broncos team at home, go 3-2 into the bye, and get ready for San Francisco in a few weeks. I think that’s what most of us expected going into the bye anyway.
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