The New England Patriots have gotten off to a promising start to the season, having won nine out of their first 10 games that have put them on the trajectory to compete for another Super Bowl. However, the Patriots have experienced some difficulty putting points on the board with their offense. It has drawn some concern as to what the cause may be for shortcomings. Hall of Famer Brett Favre has come out to voice that he doesn’t believe those issues lie with Tom Brady.
The Patriots’ offensive woes
Beyond the lone loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots have cruised to holding the best record in the AFC through the first 11 weeks of the season.
However, there has been a building trend of their offense struggling to put points on the board. That was made clear against the Philadelphia Eagles’ battered secondary as they notched just 19 first downs, converted 5-of-16 third downs, averaged 4.2 yards per play, converted just 1-of-3 red-zone trips, and rushed for 74 yards.
It was also a performance that saw Brady for the first time in his career where he didn’t finish a game as the team leader in touchdown passes. These issues haven’t hindered them as they have had the benefit of possessing arguably the best defense in the league that is first in total yards allowed, second against the pass, 10th against the run, and first giving up just 10.8 points per contest.
That may be the case for New England, but their offense will be relied upon at some point to carry the load. Despite these constant struggles, another Hall of Fame quarterback doesn’t believe the blame rests on Brady’s shoulders.
Brett Favre doesn’t believe the blame is on Tom Brady
In his 20th season in the league, Brady has continued to provide reliable play under center.
However, the Patriots recently shortcoming offensively has shifted the attention a bit to his performances that have seen those point to his age as being a factor in the team’s declining production. However, Farve voiced during his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show on Tuesday that it’s not due to Brady being older. (H/T Nick Gross of NBC Sports)
You know, we talked about a slump earlier with Phillip Rivers and you really could say that slump is offensively as a whole. For whatever reason the Patriots, they’re not clicking on offense, and it’s not a result of Tom being in his 40s. It’s timing, maybe the offensive line they’ve had a few changes there and he’s feeling a little bit of pressure from one side versus the other, and it’s just not right right now. But I think it is way too soon to write them off and I think it is absurd to mention age right now as a factor in why they’re struggling.”
Favre isn’t fully exonerating Brady of all the game for the team’s decreased production but instead shifting it away from the talk that it’s due to his age. The Patriots don’t possess any dynamic playmakers that can stretch the field at wide receiver. Meanwhile, their running game has struggled, averaging just 91.0 yards per game, which is 23rd in the league.
Other issues have become prevalent that have played a part in the Patriots being in the spot they are offensively.
Patriots have time to turn it around
New England may be hitting a rough patch of the season with their offense struggling to find its way, but there is still plenty of time for them to turn it around.
The Patriots could see a resurgent effort to get their running game going as second-year running back Sony Michel has shown in his brief time in the league that he can be a highly effective factor. Michel hasn’t produced to the level that he did in his rookie campaign, as he’s trajected to fall well under 1,000 rushing yards.
Although there may be some aspects of the offense that the Patriots may not fix with their current roster, the Patriots hold the benefit of possessing a stout defense. If these issues linger over the next several weeks into the playoffs, then the real concern will factor into the equation in their hunt for another Super Bowl.