BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak opened up their Monday show talking about the big offensive performance of the Patriots and the throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 yesterday at Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Patriots are 7-2 heading into the bye week with a chance for some banged up players to get healthy.
Brady easily had his best game of season, with Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, and Aaron Dobson each going for over 100 yards receiving. Stevan Ridley was a difference-maker running the ball, ending the day with 115 yards and two scores.
For Gresh, the big takeaway from yesterday’s game is how the offense is rounding into form and finally clicking the way we’ve become accustomed to seeing it click.
“The guys are starting to fill into their roles on offense,” Gresh said. “You’ve got [Kenbrell] Thompkins and Dobson falling into that Brandon Lloyd role. You’ve got [Julian] Edelman and Amendola that you can work with. You’ve got Gronkowski. Once you get past the bye here and get into Carolina, you’ve got Shane Vereen coming back which adds another layer to the passing game.”
Scott Zolak joked that this will open things up for tight end Matt Mulligan, but did offer serious praise for their lesser-known tight end option Michael Hoomanawanui, who actually played more snaps yesterday than Gronkowski.
Zo then went into depth about the offense and how their performance yesterday may have signaled a “turning of the corner” so to speak.
“It’s how they manipulated the Steelers defense,” said Zo on the Patriots offense. “That’s the first time [all year]. Here we are, it’s Week 9 and that’s the first time you can say this offense was really in some sort of a rhythm from start to finish. You’re moving the football, you dictated tempo. You took it to them. There really wasn’t any other time where you saw them and said ‘Wow, they’re clicking on all cylinders.’ They looked like the offense of two years ago yesterday.”
With guys banged up and injured defensively, both Gresh and Zolak feel like the offense will have to shoulder the burden until it gets figured out.
Listen to their full analysis below: