New England Patriots: A Closer Look – KCChiefs.com
The New England Patriots have long been known to be a prolific offensive team, at least over the past decade or so during quarterback Tom Brady’s reign under center.
The 37-year old quarterback is in his 15th NFL season and while he’s a first ballot hall of famer once he decides to hang it up, the 2014 season hasn’t seen that same kind of success we’ve come to know from the Patriots.
The Patriots come into the Monday Night matchup with the Chiefs with a 2-1 record. They opened up their season by falling to the Miami Dolphins 33-20, and then had back-to-back wins against the Oakland Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders.
Coming into this season, Brady had averaged 254 yards per game, completing 63.4 percent of his passes at 7.46 yards per attempt over the regular season in his career.
Right now, Brady is averaging just 210 yards per game, completing just 58.8 percent of his passes at 5.54 yards per attempt, which ranks 30th in the NFL.
The Patriots offense averages 4.3 yards per play, which ranks last in the NFL.
Through three games, there are only two players on the Patriots roster that have more than 55 yards receiving. Receiver Julian Edelman leads the team with 22 catches for 260 yards and one touchdown, and tight end Rob Gronkowski has 11 catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Brady has completed just one pass in 13 attempts at 20 yards or beyond.
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