The New England Patriots had a shaky start to the 2018 season, losing two of their first three games.
Things weren’t looking good for NFL legends Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Was Brady’s age finally getting to him? Was New England’s dynasty coming to an end? Fans were worried by the iffy performances by both the offense and defense during the first three games, against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Detroit Lions, respectively.
However, this is becoming a classic situation the Patriots find themselves in. Somehow, they do poorly at the beginning of every season and end up making it into the Super Bowl more than any other team in NFL history.
I’m beginning to think this year is no different, though I’m not yet confident enough to gamble over Super Bowl LIII results. Now that Brady has both Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski on the field with him, I’m excited to see what will happen. New England scored 38 points during both weeks four and five, which is pretty good considering they’d only gotten 10 in week three.
Not only do the Patriots now have a trifecta of stand-out players (Brady, Edelman, and Gronkowski), but they also have new players who are shaping up to be key elements in each game. Sony Michel and Josh Gordon have proved to be quite useful. Brady already seems to trust Gordon to know exactly what to do on the field, even though he was only traded from the Cleveland Browns in mid-September. The two connected for a 34-yard touchdown against the Colts, and according to Belichick, Brady has spent a lot of time working with Gordon (and other receivers) to make sure they will be able to communicate once on the field. Although their passing offense is still at the bottom of the NFL rankings, now that Edelman is back and Gordon has been added to the team, there is still hope for a solid offense.
Looking ahead, the Patriots have a long road if they want another shot at a Super Bowl win. It’s very early on in the season, and there are many games to be played. This week, they’ll play the Kansas City Chiefs, who are undefeated so far. The game will be instrumental in finding out where New England stands against tough opponents. Next month, they’ll play the Tennessee Titans (3-2), who have a promising quarterback in Marcus Mariota. Their ability to make good comebacks will be tested throughout the season.
Somehow it seems that Belichick has done it again; crafted a team of underdogs that is on track to be top dogs.