We are now past the weekend of football and only have one Monday night game to go until we can officially start thinking about Week 3 in the NFL. The general feeling by the fans in New England right now is complete panic. The New England Patriots have not looked great up until this point in the season. They have struggled to get their offense going and are facing some key injuries on the offensive side in Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski.
The one bright spot for the Patriots has been their defense who has been a big part of the reason they are 2-0. Yes, that’s what I said, 2-0. With the way people are reacting right now, you would think the Patriots are 0-2 and Tom Brady is hurt, but that is the compete opposite of the situation at hand which makes me think that many people are completely overreacting to the first two weeks. Sure the offense has not looked good, but they are young and have some key players soon to return from injury. Within a few weeks of the rookies getting more comfortable in the system and some pressure will be taken off of them by Gronk getting back in the lineup.
Now I understand that Patriots’ fans have been spoiled with the league leading offense for years now, but how many championships has that won them? This offense needs time to get rolling and when they do they will be plenty potent to win games. Luckily for a struggling offense, they have a great defense that looks like it could be one of the best in the league this year. Though it may be more of a passing league now than ever, defense still wins championships. Mix that with the fact that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are still around, and I think the Patriots will be more than alright in a pretty weak AFC East.
So to put an answer to this question, no it is not time to panic in New England. Patriots fans do this every year; the Pats started 1-2 last year, everyone panicked, and they went on to win 12 games. They won 13 the year before that and how about the year that Randy Moss was traded and the Pats lost to the Cleveland Browns; everyone freaked out and the Patriots went 14-2. It’s been two weeks, and with a struggling offense they are 2-0. Let’s all take a breath and relax, because the Patriots will be fine.