A few weeks ago I wrote an article about a few games the Patriots have a chance of losing in their pursuit of going 16-0 for the second time in 8 years.
The first game I discussed was against the Dolphin. That week on Thursday night, the Patriots destroyed the Dolphins 36-7. Brady threw 4 touchdown passes, two of which went to Julian Edelman. For a full game recap, check it out here.
The next game I highlighted was against the New York Giants. The Patriots barely squeaked by the Giants on a last second game winning field goal by Stephan Gostkowski. Malcolm Butler had a great game against Odell Beckham Jr. He recovered well after OBJ took a slant pass from Eli Manning for a touchdown on New York’s opening drive.
The third game I highlighted was last Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The Patriots lost in overtime after driving down the field for another late second field goal. This came minutes after Gronkowski went down with what was believed to be a horrific injury. Tom Brady now drops to 12-1 in snow games. The Patriots played well on Sunday considering all of the injuries. The run defense was not the same after Don’t’a Hightower got injured in the second quarter. With a sprained MCL, we should see him back very soon. For a full game recap with injury updates, click here.
The Patriots also got very lucky with the health of Rob Gronkowski. With Gronkowski rolling on the ground in pain, it appeared as though his season was over early, for the second time in three years. Gronkowski is week-to-week with a knee bruise, but the Patriots really do not need him until January. So there is no rush to get Gronk back on the field.
The future looks bright for the Patriots. The team will be getting Amendola and Collins back this week, or within the next few games. Hightower is also week-to-week. We also should expect to see Edelman and Gronk make returns by the playoffs. The pursuit of perfection may be over, but the ultimate goal of winning Super Bowl 50 is alive and well.
By Matt Nadworny