The New England Patriots continued their strong start to the 2019 season, grabbing their ninth win in the first 10 games after edging out the Philadelphia Eagles. However, some notable struggles came on the offensive side of the ball that has created some internal frustration. New England is in a prime position to continue to push towards contender for the Super Bowl once again, but there lies disgruntlement from Tom Brady regarding the team’s performance from that end of things.
Patriots’ promising start to 2019
The Patriots entered this season as the defending champions, which they have proven to be worthy of that mantle so far.
New England has largely steamrolled through their competition with their lone hiccup coming against the red-hot Baltimore Ravens. The strong start has been primarily fueled by their play defensively, holding arguably the best unit in the league on that side of the ball.
The Patriots are currently ranked first in total yards allowed, second against the pass, 10th against the run, and first giving up just 10.8 points per contest. Their stout play defensively has taken a ton of pressure off the offense as only the Ravens have surpassed 14 points against them.
All that hasn’t put Brady at ease as he has continued to voice his frustration with the play of the offense as the season has worn on.
Tom Brady airs frustration over offensive woes
The Patriots were able to grab a solid win on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it didn’t come in the fashion that they hoped. Their defense largely depended on their defense to hold Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense to 10 points behind 3.9 yards per play and converted 3-of-13 third downs.
Meanwhile, Brady had plenty of issues moving the ball down the field against a battered Eagles’ secondary, throwing for just 216 yards on 47 pass attempts while their only touchdown came on a pass from Julian Edelman. It led the 42-year-old to air his frustrations during his weekly interview on Monday with WEEI. (h/t Mike Reiss of ESPN)
“It’s just frustration with the offense; we’re trying to grind them out. I’m happy we won on the road, but at the same time, I just wish we’d score more points,” Brady said on “The Greg Hill Show” on sports radio WEEI. “We have to figure out how we can fix our problems as best we can.”
Brady may be in his 20th season in the league, but the offensive issues are beginning to mount a bit. Sunday’s contest marked the first time that he played an entire game where he didn’t finish as the team leader in touchdown passes.
New England lacks that explosive playmaker that can stretch the field. They’ve had that in Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, and Brandin Cooks over the last few years, but each of these players are out of the mix. Meanwhile, the running game is in the middle of the pack at best, averaging just 91.0 yards per contest, which ranks 23rd in the league.
At the same time, these are issues that the Patriots have proven on numerous occasions that they can overcome to compete for a Super Bowl.
Patriots’ outlook for rest of 2019 season
New England may have experienced some rough play with their offense over the last few weeks, but they remain in a promising spot.
The red-hot Baltimore Ravens, led by MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, are right behind them in the standings, but the Patriots remain in the driver’s seat with a one-game advantage. There are some specific issues with their offense that need to be addressed that may lie primarily with them getting their running game back on track.
Second-year running back Sony Michel has shown he can be a highly productive option in their rushing attack, but that’s something the team has gotten away from as the year has progressed. The balance for the offense may be what gets them back to playing at an encouraging level that keeps them as the odds-on favorite to win their seventh Super Bowl.
New England may be in a great position, but they are nowhere near where they want to be on offense.