The 3-0 New England Patriots won’t play the 3-0 Miami Dolphins for another month, but after the AFC East rival Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons last week 27-23, New England’s Week Four contest at Atlanta should give the Pats some idea of where they stand compared to the Fins.
The New England Patriots still aren’t playing like an elite NFL team, but getting a 20-point win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday is a step in the right direction. If the team continues to improve, then next week’s game in Atlanta against a tough Falcons team should be very competitive.
In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots are facing their third weak opponent in a row to open the 2013 season. They won’t be facing a rookie quarterback this time around, but Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is not exactly playing like a veteran.
Last season, the New England Patriots led the NFL in scoring with 34.8 points per game. But after an unimpressive 13-10 victory over the New York Jets in Foxboro Thursday night, the Patriots have scored a total of 36 points two weeks into the 2013 season. Quite frankly, they are lucky to have a 2-0 record.
When incumbent New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez fell to a preseason injury, many naysayers were convinced that second round draft pick Geno Smith wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Much to their surprise, he goes into Week Two’s game against the New England Patriots with a 1-0 record.
One measure of a good NFL team is the ability to find a way to win even when it’s not playing its best football. This is something the New England Patriots proved Sunday in beating the Buffalo Bills 23-21 despite losing the turnover battle.
Going into Week One of the 2013 NFL season, it’s business as usual in the AFC East. That means that the Patriots are still the Patriots, and the Bills will lose to them again.
The AFC East has been simply known as Tom Brady’s playground. A new defensive scheme installed by Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine will help defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and his teammates prove to everyone that they won’t be pushed around anymore.
Gresh and Zolak open classes in Summer School this week with the Patriots’ Week 7 opponent, the Miami Dolphins
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place this week, so let’s take a look at which holes each team in the AFC East needs to fill to have a successful draft.