Offensive Struggles A Real Concern For New England Patriots

By Ben Sullivan
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense have struggled in their first two wins, to say the least. Sure, they’ve survived with wins, but things get much tougher from here. If the receivers don’t figure out how to get on the same page with Brady sooner rather than later, there will be more losses than wins before too long.

Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins were especially futile against the New York Jets. Things looked like they were going in the right direction when Dobson caught a wide-open touchdown just mere minutes into the game, but before long the inexperience and inability of the receivers at Brady’s disposal were holding the offense back.

The lack of offensive production hasn’t hurt the Patriots yet, but that’s going to change quickly in the coming weeks.

The first two weeks they were lucky enough to face the Jets and the Buffalo Bills, two division rivals who are going to find wins hard to come by this year. Both started rookie quarterbacks and didn’t have enough in the offensive tank to take advantage of the lack of scoring from the Patriots.

In the next four weeks, New England gets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, then travels to the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals before they host the New Orleans Saints in Week 6. Sure, Tampa Bay might just be the worst team in football considering they lost to the Jets in Week 1, but the other three teams are all top-tier opponents.

Those three teams, even the Bucs if they get their act together, have the kind of high-scoring offenses that can take advantage of what is now a low-scoring New England team.

If the Patriots don’t figure out how to move the ball consistently, they’re going to find themselves on the wrong side of .500 before they know it.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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