Patriots Mid-Season Report Card

With the Patriots season half over, I sit back as a die hard fan at 5-3. My first thought? I guess the AFC East is living up to it’s name as the grittiest division all of football. My second thought: we’re the crappiest team over .500 in the history of the NFL. Still, there’s three teams with loads of question marks all tied up at the 1/2 pole of the 2011 season in my division. Here’s how the Patriots have stacked up so far, and against the rest of the AFC East:

Quarterback(s)
While Tom Brady blitzed the NFL record books in September, he went cold faster than the New England temperatures in October and November. He’s all of a sudden morphed into an interception-prone, poor-throwing, frazzled QB. Is Drew Bledsoe throwing on his #12 jersey on Sundays or something?…
Grade: C-          Compared to the AFC East: B-

Receiver(s)
Well, Ochocinco has been a massive flop. As much as I love the guy, he has played sparingly and not taken advantage of any of his chances to win over Brady and Belichick’s respect. Welker has been phenomenal, Branch has been average, Edelman is groping chicks at bars and the two tight ends continue to be the fuel that fires the offense. Unfortunately, this is no longer a big play offense…
Grade: B           Compared to the AFC East: C+

Running Backs
BenJarvus Green Ellis has had his moments, but never dazzled Patriots fans for more than one consecutive game in his career. Kevin Faulk made a one game cameo then disappeared, Danny Woodhead is spotty at best in terms of production, and that’s about that…
Grade: C           Compared to the AFC East: D+

Defense
Last Sunday against the Giants, the Pats shut out the GMen in the first half. Unfortunately, the 0-0 halftime score didn’t allow for much room for error, and the second half was directly opposite the first. Missed coverages, bad penalties, and no rush on Eli Manning late in the game. This continued the theme of New England’s defensive struggles in 2011. Where is Belichick’s mastermind when we need it the most?
Grade: D           Compared to the AFC East: D

Special Teams
Gostowski hasn’t been spot on this year. No horrible Zoltan Mesko punts, but no real great kick or punt returns to speak of thus far from the Pats in 2011.

Grade: B-          Compared to the AFC East: C+

Let’s hope we can get our grades up before 2012 arrives so the playoffs can come back to Foxboro.

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Posted on November 10, 2011, in new england, NFL, Ochochinco, Patriots, tom brady. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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