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And I want to talk a little bit about what we saw in that Patriots game yesterday against the Raiders.
Now, of course, I'm not happy to be going live right now is the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens Go at it.
But it is what it is.
We got to see how this goes.
I'm not sure how good the views are gonna be, but sell a V look, Let's just go through it step by step, play not play by play, but player by player and just kind of talk about it.
Let's start with Cam Newton now.
It was a slow start for the entire offense yesterday.
Not just Newton, um, especially the first couple of possessions.
Obviously, I think that the Patriots could have some of it back.
They would, uh there was some really good things that happened some really bad things that happened, but for the most part, it was just a really slow start.
I think Yesterday I called it sloppy, but slow was the right way.
I think what I was really impressed with with Newton was how we can, you know, overcame controversy.
Everything had been going kind of right for him and the Patriots.
Even against Seattle.
When they were losing, things were still going right for Cam.
Things were still in a place where you know he had a chance to bring the team back.
He had his worst game of the season for the Patriots on Sunday, and yet he just kept going.
And I think we saw that raw emotion from him.
Like when he took that first down run and pick up an important first down for the Patriots.
And he screened it did the first down point and all that.
I mean, I think that was That was a huge, huge play for him, and I kept hearing all these things about Newton, and, you know, people would talk about, you know, they talk about the Super Bowl back in 2015 when he didn't die for the ball and made a business decision.
And, you know, they talked about his attitude on the field, and he's not a team guy.
And just to me, Cam Newton is one of the cliche team guys on the Patriots this year, and he's not happy about his performance.
I was reading an article today talking about press conference yesterday.
He obviously felt he could play better, and I mean, why not? Why wouldn't he feel like that? It wasn't his way already talked about.
It wasn't his greatest of games.
Hey, ended up the day, I think only with, like a with 79.
8 rate and he went 17 for 2862 yards, one passing touchdown and an interception.
And it was on Ah, Rush.
Throw is probably his worst throw of the season to defend him a little bit.
I don't know what Devin Asi Asi was doing on that play.
He just looked lost out on the field.
You know, I'm really holding out hope for Dalton keen that he's the one who can come through and really be that passing tight end Ryan ISO gets like his one reception a game.
I can't even remember if he got one yesterday.
He didn't but not a whole lot of guys did.
And you know, why don't we get into the receiving court here? I mean, I don't wanna be the negative Nelly or be that guy, but I think it's become very, very clear that the New England Patriots need to address the wide receiver position.
I like what Cam Newton said that he's, you know, the answers air in the dressing room and he's saying all the right things that way.
But at the end of the day, I mean he couldn't find an open target.
Yesterday, I think Nikkila Harry had two catches.
Julian Edelman had two catches Looking at the stats, just pulling up the starts here.
I'm in the Raider starts.
Yeah, Edelman had two catches for 23 Dimier Bird three for 27 and Nikkila Harry to for 34.
That's three wide receivers now.
Birkhead had seven catches.
Yakup Johnson Johnson had to catch Sony Michelle at a couple of catches, but you're talking seven receptions from the Patriots, receiving course seven, and it was like 65 yards or 60 maybe 70 yards and and receiving yards coming from the wide receiver corps.
Okay, I like to talk about sustainability.
How sustainable? How sustainable is it to depend on those receivers who struggle against good corners to get separation? But here's what I was happy with with the Patriots yesterday.
They weren't relying.
Cam Newton didn't have to put the team on his back in order to get the win.
You know what we saw against Seattle was Cam Newton basically having to put the team on his back and make the plays and be the offense We saw contributions from Sony.
We saw big contributions from Rex Burkhead.
We saw JJ Taylor get involved in the game, you know, and then Cam Newton did what he needed to do at the right time.
And this team is not perfect and they're far from perfect.
But I think that we saw that they can win in so many different ways.
They can do things in so many different ways.
I know they lost to Seattle, but we watched if you look at all three games, all three games were very different.
Very conservative game against the Miami Dolphins.
Yeah, you like, can't throw a little bit, but was primarily a run game.
But it was different in this game against the Raiders against the Dolphins.
Cam Newton was the guy.
Cam was the one who was making the runs.
Cam was the guy who was getting it done with his legs, and it concerns me.
It concerns me because you could see that in that game, the entire offense was on Newton's back.
Cam Newton threw the ball 19 times 15 receptions for 155 yards.
He ran the ball 15 times for 75 yards as the leading rusher.
The Patriots the most rushes, the most yards, everything.
And then you got the week, too.
Then you got to the Seattle Seahawks and Josh McDaniels talked about how we're going to see a different game plan.
And, boy, did we see a different game plan.
Noone threw the ball 44 times, 30 receptions for 397 yards in a passing touchdown.
Now he did run into touchdowns, but he only ran the ball 11 times for 47 yards, a little bit of a drop.
But he led the Patriots in rushing again.
Rex Burkhead ran the ball six times against Seattle for two yards, Sony Michelle seven times for 19 yards.
J. Taylor once for minus one yards.
What we saw yesterday was the Patriots ability.
Finally, the winner is the team and spread that ball around.
Burkhead, in my opinion, was the player of the game.
Not only did he run the ball six time for 49 yards and ran into touchdowns, he caught seven passes for 49 yards and a touchdown while flying through the air last Thursday.
I came out and I said to Connor on DPM commentary, which you catch live every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 p.
I talked to Khan and I said, Man, I've given up on Sony Michelle for two years.
Is people ripped on him? Now? I know people started warming up to him a little bit in the playoffs.
Expect in 2018 especially that made the run for the Super Bowl.
But I remember after the Super Bowl, people thinking, if you think Sony Michelle is gonna run the football like that next year, you're crazy.
He had a good run in the playoffs, give all the credit to James Devlin, and I got mad and I talked to, But no, no. Sony.
Michelle is going to be the guy. Sony.
Michelle is the one who's gonna lead this team on their back.
Put his put this team on his back and run up the field.
And then I blame the offensive line Last year, the same way a lot of people who wanted to defend Tom Brady said it was the offensive line's fault that he played so bad.
I defended Sony Michelle.
It was the offensive line.
They had full back problems.
James Devlin goes down.
Then Yacoub Johnson goes down.
Roberts, for Christ sakes, came into this season.
He averaged, like 3.
3 yards per run or something In Game one.
I said I liked what I saw out of Sony. Michelle. He's back.
He's gonna run well.
And then he ran abysmal last week and then Sunday carries the ball twice for four yards.
At some point in the first quarter, the Patriots that had seven different players run the football in.
Every single player had more rushing yards per hour or more rushing yards per average X, then Sony Michelle, but Julian Edelman, all the other running backs, were outperforming him and I didn't get it.
I started thinking about Nick Chubb.
I started thinking about Lamar Jackson.
Don't forget Sony.
Michelle was chosen ahead of Lamar Jackson in the 2018 draft.
I mean, I think right now if you've been watching me since, you know forever I think everybody's remembers the drunk live stream from ST Lucia trying to fathom why the Patriots took Sony Michelle, I defended him and defended him.
I defended him and I've had enough.
Next week, Damian Harris comes back and he can take Sony Michelle starting job.
That's where I was with the kid and if you all been watching me since 2018 or back to 2017 when I first started.
But since Sony Michelle's been drafted, you know, I've been this kid's biggest advocate.
Any time I had to put criticism on it, I was always trying to find an excuse.
That's what I did for Sony.
And then I gave up on and I gave up on him.
And now Sony Michelle is making me eat my words, and I'm fine, Okay.
When I guess because he made me look stupid.
I mean, we're going on years now.
Sony Michelle carries out ball nine times for 117 yards.
Yes, two of them came from a 38 or 34 yard in a 48 yarder.
Yes, big chunk yards came out of that.
We actually saw Sony Michelle break a tackle.
We saw Sony Michelle find a whole and not just run into one of his offensive lineman.
We saw Sony Michelle stiff arm a Raider down to pick up in additional six yards.
It sort of reminded me of the Sony Michelle from the 2018 postseason.
And, you know, we're talking about a running back who's got close to 1000 yards his first two years in the league, but 3.
33 point four it's not good enough.
I don't expect Michelle toe average 13 yards per carry like he did on Sunday, But if you go through the season averaging 4.
5, making manageable 2nd and 3rd downs, you know, second and six turns into third and two a third to the Patriots could do anything.
You can line up Cam Newton in the shotgun.
He can run the ball himself.
He can throw the ball.
You can screen, pass, you conflict.
Lots of things you could do on 32.
Michelle felt J.
Taylor down his neck.
Maybe he knows David Harris is coming back.
Sony? Michelle needed a game like he had on Sunday and again, he made me eat my words.
I gave up on the kid and he slapped me in the face.
And I'm fine with it.
Do I expect this run game toe look like it did on Sunday? All season? No, because we've seen the Patriots see Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick the Masters of in game adjustments.
They had a plan going into this game, and they ran to Siri's and it didn't work.
The Patriots essentially had 33 and outs and two possessions because they should have got a three and out they were.
The Crosby jumps on the punt, and then three plays later, they're punting the ball again.
It wasn't working.
Newton couldn't find an open receiver.
He couldn't run the football.
He was going down early.
Sony Michelle couldn't penetrate the line, and then J. J.
Taylor comes in in the second.
In the second quarter, and takes over the game. Now.
JJ Taylor, Statistically didn't have a great game.
11 carries for 43 yards, a 3.
9 yards per carry.
If Sony Michelle is putting up those kind of numbers, people are ****ed.
J. Taylor is an undrafted free agent.
He's living beyond his expectation.
Taylor did was give that Patriots offensive spark.
And I would go back to last season that that's what the Patriots were missing.
Who was the guy that was going to spark the offense because the Sooners Taylor started running the ball to the outside? That offense got going.
All of a sudden, Rex Burkhead runs it up the middle.
Suddenly, Birkhead is open.
Screen passes are working.
Play actions, working.
Now you get Julian Edelman involved.
Now you get the mere bird involved 250 yards rushing.
I mean, if you're not excited about this team, I don't know how you I don't know when you will be.
Was it pretty know where they're bad moments? Yes, guess what.
Every team has bad moments, but we just saw the Patriots play when to lose one by one yard the Patriots could just as easily be three, you know, as they are two and one, and we saw them do it three different ways.
One time with Cam Newton running the ball down the field another time with Cam Newton throwing almost 400 yards and passing.
And another time where the three running backs takeover.
And now we're in a position that we're gonna have Damian Harris come back.
We don't know when, but James White will return eventually, and this team just gets better and better.
And how about a little bit of a shout out to Jackie Johnson? Ran the ball beautifully.
Are not random, but blocked beautifully.
Sorry, not random ball.
Blocked the ball beautifully.
Block the ball, block the defenders.
I can't speak trying to get all dramatic, and I can't even speak properly.
And I think we've got to throw a little kudo.
So to this offensive line now, does Cam Newton helping offensive line? Absolutely, He could move around the pocket.
We saw him do some nifty things with his feet, but Cam Newton can help the running game the way the offensive line played.
I mean, when David Andrews went out on Friday, I was panicked.
I thought, Here we go again.
I had visions of Marshall Newhouse Just letting you know Cam Newton get sacked all over the place.
Joe Tooni moves into center.
No, Ted caress, I thought maybe for that's would come up.
The fourth hole would get an opportunity.
Nope, they moved to me over.
Well, when you owe or whatever his name is that I never say properly moves into the left guard position, alumina or stays at right tackle, which, by the way, alumina or been a pretty good right tackle.
And we just watch the game where the Patriots starting center and the Patriots starting right tackle.
One out on injury, one out Who opted to Cove it Almost an identical situation the last season where David Andrews was out.
Except it was the left tackle is a win who was out and the offensive line was a mess.
Yet yesterday you wouldn't even have noticed that the two of those guys weren't there.
No miscommunications between Cam Newton and Joe Tooni opening up holes for Michelle and Birkhead and J.
Taylor, not allowing the defense to set the edge and running to the outside.
I mean, prior to this game, I hadn't even noticed.
I hadn't even noticed that Marcus Cannon wasn't on the field.
And then we went in losing David Andrews again.
Quite possibly our second best offensive lineman next to Joe Tooni.
And we don't even notice, and things just look the way they looked.
****, man, I don't know a Patriot fan who's not excited, but you should be excited.
It's got a big test coming up on Sunday against Kansas City Chiefs, but again, offensively, the Patriots could do it a lot of different ways.
What tape do you study? If you're the Chiefs, do you prepare for the heavy run game? Do you prepare for Cam Newton throwing the football all over you, or do you prepare for Cam Newton running all over you? This isn't the Tom Brady days, so there's no knock to Tom Brady.
But Tom Brady, you knew what was coming.
You couldn't always stop it because Tom Brady is Tom Brady.
You can't do it now before I switch over to the defense.
We talked about how much fun it is to watch this Patriots team.
I read a really interesting article in The Boston Globe today.
It was basically breaking down that the difference between Watch and Cam Newton and Tom Brady, his night and day.
This has nothing to do with a talent standpoint.
Okay, Brady could possibly be better than Cam Newton this year.
I'm fine with that.
Who knows? Maybe Brady wins the Super Bowl of the box.
I'm not here to make this debate.
Yes, I'm bitter towards Brady leaving this team.
I've already admitted that, but se lobby.
But I did watch the Patriots game, and I watched the Bucks game, and this article when I read it kind of was reflecting what I've been thinking.
You know, you watch Brady play and he was methodical.
Now they're playing a beat up Denver team.
He should have been methodical, but he was methodical.
But again, Yeah, you had to scream.
But when things weren't going well, he looked miserable.
When things were going really right, he would scream and look intense, very stoic, very clinical football.
Cam Newton looks like he's having fun, and it's fun watching Cam Newton play football.
You know, they talk about the culture of no fun in New England.
Cam Newton never stopped smiling.
He gave us a new meme by sliding away from the Kill Harry nicknames for Everybody Wants to Dress Bill Belichick, which is now, by the way, I corner and I challenge you guys to do some Photoshop stuff and send us Photoshop pictures.
Ah, Bill Belichick dressed in Cam Newton gear Bravo to everybody who tweeted it at us.
We just had a brilliant laugh, looking at that kind of stuff.
If you have new ones that we haven't seen yet, send it over to us at d.
P n underscore Ray and at corner commentary like, I don't know, This wasn't yesterday's Patriots.
I don't want to say it's not your brother's patriots, not your grandfather's patriots.
Not yesterday's Patriots.
Unless you became a fan of New England this year, things just seemed different.
Things seemed fun.
There's almost like a relief factor.
And, you know, I've just finished reading the dynasty a couple of weeks ago.
Great book by the by the way I suggested to everybody okay? And it talked about at the end of the buck cow.
You know, Tom Brady was over at Robert Kraft House, and they called Belichick the two of them talk, and Kraft said he stood there and he almost heard relief in both those guys.
Voices like it's finally over, and it's amazing to me that two guys could win six championships together and feel relief when it's over.
We're in a new era now, and football looks fun in New England.
And as a fan, it's fun watching Cam Newton, and, you know, when the offense wasn't working, I didn't feel the same sense of frustration that I felt in the past.
Even in the Patriots glory days like back in 07 Okay, because you knew the Patriots could change their game plan drastically with Brady.
It stopped growing up the middle, start throwing to the seams.
Try to get the running backs going very again.
It's fun to see what Josh McDaniels can drop.
I'm not saying Cam Newton is a better quarterback Tom Brady, But, um, I saying it's been more fun to watch regular season games and absolutely has now.
I had a lot of fun watching six Super Bowls.
Well, the 60 proposed a one.
You know, we watched eight or nine.
Sorry, I had a lot more fun watching Super Bowls, but toe watch a week.
Three game against the Raiders with no fans in the stance.
Yeah, it's really fun to watch Patriots football right now.
Let's move on to the defense, which they bounced back.
Yeah, they had a very slow start to that game, just like the offense.
But they bounced back.
I would say the second half, we could have been one of their better defensive performances.
I mean, I know they're their best was against the Eagles, but Las Vegas went three for nine on third down.
Still give up a lot of yards.
Patriots gave up 375 total yards, but they really give up.
Like, what? 13 points? 14 points, Whatever.
Because that last seven I know it was 36 20.
But that last seven was garbage time.
They went into his own defense.
They just, you know, let them eat up the clock chase.
Voinovich man has come through Chase window, which is just what a kid and, you know, he had the big place.
So the Raiders come down, they score to finish the, you know, the first half trying to Bill Belichick trying to double up 34 34 36 30.
Something win of it gets to Derek Carr.
Now what if it had 1.
5 sacks, but he disrupted Derek Carr all night or all day.
He disrupts him.
Derek Cars through always sets up the field.
Goal tying Gail Field goal.
Misses the field goal.
Yes, Chase, one of which had nothing to do with the Fuel goal being missed.
But Chase, one of which is the reason it wasn't a first down.
Huge, not letting them score.
And that was the turning point the Patriots took over there.
Well, the Patriots scoring wise took over the game.
After that, they really started taking over the game in the second half.
I mean, I think time a possession was like 12 minutes to three minutes.
The Patriots held onto that football.
Oh, not perfect again.
If you want to talk about a slow start to the season, Stefan Gilmore is there.
Drew to pass interference calls against Miami on deep balls.
De que Matt Kath, Let's face it, ate his lunch last night last Sunday night and eggle or burnt him.
Yesterday, as a part of that scoring drive to end the first half, Gilmore was forced to hold them.
Take the pass interference call good pass interference call penalty because it probably was a catch and touchdown.
But he got burned again, you know.
So the question is, Is this a hangover from the defensive player of the year award? Is this just a slow start? Is this a lack of preseason games? Because the font Gilmore actually played, I believe in three of the four preseason games last year.
Now he only played for a couple minutes in a couple of plays, but it's been a slow start.
I think I'm characteristically slow.
I'm gonna be honest with you.
So I guess what we're just hoping for is is that he can get it together Now.
I can promise you you're not gonna get any stupid tweets like back in 2017 when I said, Let's trade this guy, coincidentally, after they lost to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
But I would like to see him and prove his game a little bit.
He's the number one CB.
He needs to do his job.
Frankly, he hasn't done it in three games.
And it's funny because the secondary is the one part of this defense that I didn't worry about.
Yes, to find Gilmore, J. C.
Jackson, number one number two cornerbacks in the league last year, according to NFL Next. Gen stats.
But here we are, I think, all in all, a good team game.
I think we saw some good things defensively from people out of.
Butler had a big stop, you know, how about Detroit's Weiss junior man? He's a guy that I didn't think should make this team.
Now I know the Patriots didn't have a non option last season.
Detroit's Weiss was good for two things.
The stupid penalty and a bad, stupid penalty and a missed tackle.
If you go back and watch every game last season, Detroit's Weiss Junior would take a stupid penalty at some point in the game and would miss a tackle.
Dude, he was causing havoc against the Raiders.
He's been pretty good the first three games of the year, but if I was gonna take away anything from that Raiders game is I am a little bit worried about the defense.
Yeah, they took away Darren Waller.
I mean, that's what Belichick does.
He takes away your best player.
Basically, after they took away, Waller made them a very one dimensional team.
Josh Jacobs so ran 16 times for 71 yards.
He averaged 4.4 yards per carry.
Booker rated three times for 31 averaging 10 yards.
You know when we get into like Jalen Richard, you ran the ball one time for 14 so it doesn't matter.
But well, it matters.
But I'm saying those are big numbers now.
As soon as they slowed down the run game and you took Darren Waller holding them to two catches for nine yards, well, then they became one dimensional.
The Patriots took over.
Page is gonna play the Kansas City Chiefs next week, not a one dimensional team.
In fact, going into this game tonight against Baltimore, the Chiefs Onley ranked in the top 10 and one statistic in the NFL.
That was rushing yards rushing yards.
They're like 12th and passing.
I think 12th and points scored.
I remember watching the draft, man.
I'm talking about this tonight on my our pregame show run SportsCastr news Quite Edwards Hilaire made the Chiefs a better team, and we'll get into that game or on Maura's. This week goes on.
But they could be a problem.
You know, they offensively they could do to the Patriots what Seattle did.
I mean, they're embarrassing Baltimore Right now.
Baltimore's managed 10 points on offense, very similar to what people would say.
The Patriots run.
I think Cam Newton's away better quarterback than Lamar Jackson.
Yeah, Lamar Jackson can can be explosive and do different things, but you can do and probably more talented good team win against the Raiders.
Good things to come, guys.
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