The Patriots offense went into this week Tied-4th (65.2 percent, 15 of 23) in the whole NFL in red zone offense. The Patriots had 6 red zone appearances 3 FG, 1 TD, 1 intentional grounding, 1 INT, which moved their percentage down to 55.17, which now drops them to a bleh 13th. The Packers are in first with a lethal 77.78% touchdown rate once they get in there. So much for all this Best Offense in the NFL talk from last week huh? The worst part is that one third of their trips resulted in ZERO points. That is HORRIFIC. If you are getting into the red zone, you need to score, and score touchdowns, but you CERTAINLY need to at LEAST get points. Even if those two trips are failures and result in field goals, it's a different game, and there is no way the Patriots lose. When Josh McDaniels (boy has he been getting undeserving killed this week, more on that to come later) was asked about it, he replied, "that’s obviously an area that we can do better in, have to do better in and get better in quickly." And yeah, I think that about sums it up.
And then on defense, we have been fed this "Bend but don't Break" motto for the last few years, and I'm not gonna lie, I bought it hook, line, and sinker. The Patriots came into this week tied-17th (58.3 percent, 7 of 12) in the NFL. So much for not breaking eh? More like, bend, but break more than half the time. The Seahawks O had 2 appearances, got a TD and a FG and their first TD to Baldwin was a 24 yard pass, so that's basically the red zone. Statistically, the Patriots actually improved by only letting up 50%! WAHOOOO.... shoot me in the fucking face. If they are going to do this bend but don't break, they are going to have to actually stop breaking.
One Red Zone that did not disappoint, was NFL Red Zone, which is quickly becoming an addiction of mine. If the Pats are not playing, I do not change it from Red Zone. It has completely revolutionized football Sundays. If you don't have it, you should probably just go jump off a bridge because your life is meaningless. Anyway, as always follow me on twitter @CultOfBelichick and lemme know what you think of the Red Zone struggles.