All you need to do is look at Tom Brady's stat line to know he had some trouble with his young offense and inexperienced receiving corps: 29/52 for 288 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. 55% completion percentage? That's not the Tom we're used to seeing.

It's not that it was all bad from an offensive standpoint, as Brady connected early with Julian Edelman for two first half scores, and had a Welker-eque connection with Amendola on the game winning drive; but other than those two guys and some nice catches and runs by Shane Vereen, the passing game looked out of sync and at some points, just plain awful.

Kenbrell Thompkins was arguably the most disconnected receiver, but it wasn't just his lack of chemistry with Brady that raised some eyebrows. Thompkins looked poor running routes, failing to sprint out of the break making it hard to create space. Brady showed confidence in him towards the beginning of the game, but shied away from Thompkins as the game reached it's crucial stages. He finished with only 4 receptions on 14 targets.

The offensive woes weren't all attributed to the receivers as Brady fumbled on the 1-yard line going into the endzone. Stevan Ridley fumbled in the second quarter and it was returned for a touchdown. He did not play the rest of the game. Zach Sudfeld was only targeted once and it resulted in a Tom Brady interception as he tried to fit it into a pocket that just wasn't there. Josh Boyce also had no receptions on 2 targets.

The Patriots need tight end help, so the sooner Gronk is back the better. It was an incredibly sloppy game by a Belichick coached Patriots team, but a win is a win! @JoeLoobs @PatriotsLife

Joe Loubier 9/08/2013 05:12:00 PM Edit

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