The Patriots all of a sudden are in the 2021 playoff Hunt. After a disappointing season opener, the team has pulled off three straight wins. Sunday marks the half_way point. The patriots entertain the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Rookie quarterback Mac jones has struggled the past two weeks. The Browns running game will be without Nick Chubb and Demetrick Felton. In this post, we will examine three areas the Patriots need to focus on in order to stay in the playoff conversation.
Stop The Run
The 5-4 Browns will be without backs, DeMetrick Felton, and Nick Chubb. In nine games thus far, Chubb for 721 yards. The Patriots have improved in stopping the run.
With three backs out, the pressure will fall on the receiver, D’Earnest Johnson. Cleveland has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could be in for a long afternoon. The Patriot’s defensive backfield has been impressive.
Eliminate Foolish Penalties
The Patriots have been victims of foolish penalties as of late. In week nine versus Carolina, both teams played sloppy, disorganized football. The Patriots are getting called for too many off_sides calls, false starts, and too many players on the field.
Cutting back on the penalties will increase the time of possession and more chances to score. Veteran tackle Isaiah Wynn has committed five penalties in nine games.
The team needs to focus on fundamentals and protect Mac Jones.
Get The Tight Ends Involved
With both teams suffering backfield issues, it’s time to get the tight ends involved. The past two weeks Jones has found nice chemistry with Hunter Henry. I say keep it going. the other issue is to get Jonnu Smith involved.
The Patriots are catching a break this week. Both Demetrick Felton and Nick Chubb are out . As for new England, they will be without Damien Harris. In order for The Patriots to win, the offensive line, needs to bring its A _game. Cutback on the foolish penalties and protect Mac Jones.