Instead, the Patriots (2-2) were defeated by the Chiefs (4-0), 26-10, at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, until a series of positive COVID-19 tests hit both teams, most notably Cam Newton.
Without Newton available, the Patriots turned to veteran Brian Hoyer and eventually Jarrett Stidham to carry the load. New England was also without running back Sony Michel. It seemed like, before the game had even started, the Patriots were already behind the eight-ball. Well, let’s find out how this game went.
Mistakes really hurt New England’s chances in this game. Twice, they went to the red zone and ended the drive with zero points. The most egregious was Brian Hoyer’s sack to end the second quarter, not realizing that they were out of timeouts. Next to that, Julian Edelman mishandled a throw from Jarrett Stidham that led to a pick-six by Tyrann Mathieu.
There were a handful of really good moments for New England in this game. First, Damien Harris is looking to be much more than just hype. With 17 carries for 100 yards, the young running back is looking to become a staple in this New England offense. I’m sure Harris and Michel will be splitting carries next week versus the Broncos.
Damiere Byrd continues to look like one of the best receivers on this New England football team. He caught five passes for 80 yards, and played more snaps than any other New England receiver.
Another positive was Jarrett Stidham getting his first touchdown pass. Stidham connected with N’Keal Harry for a four-yard score in the third quarter to give New England life. Unfortunately, Stidham wasn’t able to really get anything positive going after this. He ended his night with five completions for 60 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Even with a healthy New England roster, this was always going to be a tough game. Without Cam Newton, this seemed like a sure loss. Obviously, after watching the game last night, we would have had a real chance at winning that game if Cam was starting. The mistakes mounted and ended up being too costly, and the Chiefs — credit to them — made New England pay.
Well, time to forget about this game, because as Bill Belichick would say, we are onto Denver.
Talk to you all soon.
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