After suffering their first loss of the season, you would have thought the New England Patriots were without a victory thus far by the way many reacted. Sure, Tom Brady ended his streak of games having thrown a touchdown pass. Yeah, the Patriots failed to score a touchdown period. But, look at the overall picture — who is Brady throwing to?
Yes, I have been on record saying that it doesn’t matter if Brady is tossing the ball to third grade girls, if he’s on the field then the Patriots always have a shot to win. Well, they had a chance to win against the Cincinnati Bengals but just could not get it going offensively.
That was to be expected, quite honestly. Who in their right mind thought they would go 4-0 to start the season? It’s only four games, sure, but that’s tough these days in the NFL where there is so much parity, especially for a team without their top three offensive weapons from a year ago.
One of those guys, Rob Gronkowski, is missed dearly. Without him, the Patriots clearly don’t have anyone to stretch the field quite the way Brady would like. Because of that, he’s had to work mainly between 5-20 yard throws and those throws are going to one of the most inexperienced receiving corps in the league.
Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman haven’t been bad, but neither one of them is even close to the weapon Gronkowski is. So, for those saying that Gronkowski won’t fix their issues on offense, I say this: Yes, yes he will — for the most part.
In three seasons, Gronkowski has 38 touchdowns. Just think about that for a second. 38 touchdowns! As a tight end! The guy is virtually un-coverable at 6’6”, 265 pounds. At the moment, the Patriots don’t have a real threat in the red zone like Gronkowski. They don’t have a third down security blanket, again like Gronkowski.
They don’t even have a guy who is as dependable at simply catching a football thrown his direction, like Gronkowski. Bottom line: They need this guy back, pronto.