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Monday, 07 October 2013 17:16

New England Patriots Lose to Cincinnati Bengals in Poor Offensive Showing

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The New England Patriots lost their first game of the season yesterday in unimpressive fashion.  The offense was absolutely dreadful, after showing signs of life during the Atlanta game.  Tom Brady had one of the worst games in recent memory completing less than 50 percent of his passes.  The offensive line looked bad as well as on back to back drives to start the game Tom ended up on his back.   The game plan was not one suited for success as the Patriots could not muster a trip to the red zone until late in the game.  Danny Amendola returned and played well in limited duty.  He might have been the one bright spot on offense.  The offense as a whole garnered a measly 248 total yards on 60 plays or 4.13 yards per play.  That is not how you win in the NFL. The dreadful play of the offense overshadowed another solid performance by an up and coming Patriots defense.  While they did give up some big plays they made big stops when need be.  They recovered a fumble by Bengals rookie running back Giovanni Bennard late in the game but the offense could not do much with it.  Over the past few seasons Patriot fans have been looking for a scapegoat and more often than not it has been the team’s defense.  The offense is now the main concern.  While many will blame the young wide outs, or injuries, we need to look no further than our hall of fame quarter back and offensive coordinator.  The offense has struggled mightily all season for consistency.  Brady and McDaniels are supposed to be two of the best in the business.  That has not translated yet.  Brady at times has looked old and unsure of himself and his wide receivers.  McDaniel’s game plans have left a lot to be desired.  While they were down to their third and fourth running backs yesterday the running game was working.  However McDaniels scraped the desire for balance and instead passed the ball 38 times as opposed to only 18 runs.   Sometimes a loss is a good thing and the Patriots need to hope back on that horse.  It does not get any easier this coming week as Drew Brees and the undefeated New Orleans Saints come to town.  It is safe to say that the defense will be tested like it hasn’t all year. 
Jeff Kane

Jeff Kane is the Patriots Beat Manager for CLNS Radio He is the lead host for Patriots Beat and Host of the Patriots Post Game Show. His quick-witted style and knowlege of the New England Patriots are some of his endearing qualities to CLNS listeners.

Jeff is a lifelong Boston sports fan who grew up right outside of Boston. His passion for the New England Patriots dates back to watching his first game in 1984. Jeff grew up with love for the Larry Bird led Celtics, watching games after his bedtime with his father Chuck.

A self describe football know-it-all. Jeff says his favorite sports memories are the Snow Bowl Game and attending game one of the NBA playoffs with his father in 2008.

Jeff currently resides in New Hampton, New Hampshire with his Wife Michelle and his two sons Connelly and Saygen.

Jeff can be reached by email: jkane@clnsradio.com

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