Malcolm Mitchell is the real deal.
Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell finished the game with 5 receptions on 7 targets for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns. The two incompletions to Mitchell were both great efforts in the end zone. I’ve been a huge of fan of Mitchell since day one and my excitement has only increased. I’m gonna say it. Malcolm Mitchell is the Patriots best outside receiver since Randy Moss and he is going to do some beautiful things.
The receiving corps is looking great.
Along with Malcolm Mitchell, the other receivers looked great. Julian Edelman had 8 receptions for 83 yards, an encouraging stat line during a pretty disappointing 2016 campaign. Chris Hogan finished with 4 receptions for 70 yards, converting some huge first downs. Dion Lewis, in his second game back from injury, showed flashes of familiar brilliance. All of this came with Gronk out for most of the game and Martellus Bennett seriously limited.
Patriots secondary looked shaky at best.
The Patriots secondary had an a very shaky afternoon in East Rutherford. Brandon Marshall finished with 67 yards and a touchdown, exposing Malcolm Butler and sneaking through zone coverage. The Patriots secondary made Quincy Enunwa look like a superstar. The receiver finished with 109 yards and an impressive touchdown snag over Malcolm Butler. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has a pedestrian 55% completion percentage, had a 70% completion percentage on the day. The Pats’ secondary left a lot to be desired.
Brady was not his normal self today.
Brady’s health status had been up in the air all week after suffering a knee injury against the 49ers. Patriots fans breathed a sigh of relief when he was declared active. However, he was not his laser sharp self today. Early in the game he missed Rob Gronkowski on two big yardage plays and continued to consistently overthrow receivers on the sidelines. He also failed to hit Malcolm Mitchell twice in the end zone. It’s worth remembering that Brady’s bad is not actually bad. He finished with 286 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 77.3 QBR.
No matter how bad the Jets are, they show up against the Pats.
Yes, the Jets suck. But they always give the Patriots a run for their money. Last time the two rivals met, the Pats lost in overtime. Sure, the Patriots usually win. But in their last 10 matchups only two games have been decided by more than a touchdown. As much as Patriot fans like to make fun of the Jets, the games are never a laughing matter.
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