Cam Newton can’t return quickly sufficient.
Patriots quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham outright prevented their workforce from pulling an upset in Kansas Metropolis, throwing roadblock after roadblock in entrance of an already beleaguered roster competing with the reigning Tremendous Bowl champions. Sure, Julian Edelman served up the pick-six that clinched a 26-10 win for the Chiefs. Most different blame Monday belonged to the quarterbacks.
Collectively, Hoyer and Stidham mixed for 4 turnovers. By himself, Hoyer saved the Pats from two game-tying subject targets at finest, and at worst two touchdowns, along with his red-zone errors. Few groups within the NFL can overcome such egregious errors and win. Maybe none can towards Kansas Metropolis.
Doing so would require a historic defensive effort, say limiting the Chiefs to 19 offensive factors, their second-lowest complete of the Patrick Mahomes period — which is strictly what the Patriots did. Once more, the clock can’t tick quick sufficient on Newton’s return.
Listed below are the position-by-position grades from the Pats’ newest loss:
Hoyer inflicted extra harm than Stidham did, a perform of his additional snaps and recreation administration errors. He took a minimum of six factors off the board; first as a sacked, sitting duck at finish the primary half after which by dropping a fumble within the third quarter, sins dedicated deep inside Chiefs territory. Each errors had been inexcusable for a 13-year vet.
As passers, Hoyer and Stidham had been equally poor, regardless of Stidham’s closing stat line of 5-of-13 for 60 yards, a landing and two interceptions. A minimum of for him, the sport circumstances he entered into demanded he take probabilities downfield. Therefore, the overthrown choose meant for Damiere Byrd.
Hoyer earned the beginning as a result of he was anticipated to guard the ball and run the offense with full management. He failed on each fronts, even whereas expertly protected, and Stidham didn’t encourage both. That’s a well-earned F.
Working backs: B
Good coming-out get together for Damien Harris.
Whereas most of his numbers had been boosted by his 41-yard scoot to shut the third quarter, Harris ran onerous and adopted his blocks nicely on most runs. Like Sony Michel, Harris took a excessive majority of his snaps on run performs, so his growth as a pass-catcher and pass-protector bears watching. His operating type additionally bore a resemblance to Michel, extra energy than wiggle.
James White appeared like himself in his return after lacking final week, catching a game-high seven passes and speeding for 21 yards, together with a key first down. Rex Burkhead was restricted to at least one reception and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
Extensive receivers: C-
If Damiere Byrd once more leads the Pats with 10 targets in a recreation, their passing recreation is probably going in hassle.
Nearly half of Byrd’s 80 yards got here on an extended reception in rubbish time. He did not threaten Kansas Metropolis along with his velocity, although Hoyer additionally failed to offer him an opportunity with inaccurate deep throws. Edelman caught half his targets and dropped two. N’Keal Harry was largely invisible, except for his landing catch and a few good crack blocks.
Gunner Olszewski made one catch off an Edelman deflection in his season debut.
Tight ends: D+
Ryan Izzo performed 65 offensive snaps and went catchless. He additionally allowed one hurry and was a relative non-factor as a run blocker. Nonetheless, that was higher than rookie Devin Asiasi, who has been a ghost regardless of enjoying in all 4 video games this season.
It was assumed heading into the season the Pats’ tight finish place couldn’t probably underperform final 12 months’s low bar. That appears to be in play, a minimum of heading into Week 5.
Offensive line: B+
The rookie did it once more.
Sixth-rounder Michael Onwenu dominated as a run blocker and go protector, this time working from proper guard, his pure place and now the fourth he’s performed within the professionals. Onwenu earned his first begin at left guard final week, and has arguably been the workforce’s most spectacular participant via Week 4. He was devastating on pulls. Like Onwenu, Joe Thuney additionally posted a clear sheet.
Isaiah Wynn took a step again from the perfect recreation of his profession final week, permitting one hurry, a QB hit, two run-stuffs and committing a false begin penalty. Rookie Justin Herron allowed a sack, one hurry and a QB hit in his beginning debut at proper sort out, although its controversial Hoyer ought to’ve unloaded the ball earlier than fumbling. His run blocking far outshone his go safety.
Heart James Ferentz, who signed to the apply squad lower than a month in the past, surrendered two hurries and was the least efficient run blocker up entrance.
Defensive position: B+
The Patriots supplied sufficient resistance towards the run to regulate the road of scrimmage, but additionally invite continued hand-offs, thereby neatly coaxing the ball out of Mahomes’ palms. The Chiefs averaged 4.3 yards per first-down run, a determine inflated by two rushes that yielded 24 yards. Nearly half of the others went for 2 yards or fewer, which commonly allowed the Pats to subject six-plus defensive backs on second and third down and dictate play.
Kansas Metropolis averaged 3.8 yards per carry for the sport, a win for the Patriots.
Towards the go, John Simon recorded two hurries, as did Deatrich Smart, who price the workforce with an iffy pointless roughness penalty he earned by grabbing Mahomes whereas operating out of bounds. Defensive sort out Adam Butler earned his one hurry as a part of a 3-man rush. Lawrence Man added a run stuff in a quietly stable recreation.
Shock, shock. Chase Winovich once more led the Pats in pressures.
Winovich’s sack and two hurries had been very important to executing a recreation plan that relied on exterior rushers profitable 1-on-1 towards Kansas Metropolis’s offensive tackles on common 3-man rushes. Sadly, that strain ultimately dried up for everybody, because the Patriots did not have an effect on Mahomes on 82% of his dropbacks within the second half.
Exterior linebacker Shilique Calhoun performed nicely regardless of failing to report a single strain. Like the opposite edge defenders, Calhoun typically dropped into area to disrupt crossing routes, and as soon as de-cleated Travis Kelce within the first half. Rookie Anfernee Jennings hurried Mahomes early in his 14 defensive snaps. Ja’Whaun Bentley added a uncommon go breakup.
Defensive backs: A-
Stephon Gilmore is again.
After two down weeks to start out the season, Gilmore has now allowed a single catch in back-to-back video games. He lined Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson for a time Monday, most notably forcing a fumble from Watkins. As a secondary, most Patriots rotated via a minimum of two man-to-man assignments, whereas sustaining a tight-knit pre-snap disguise and occasional well-woven zone protection.
Usually masking collectively in a two-deep shell, Devin and Jason McCourty prevented Mahomes from finishing any go that traveled a minimum of 20 yards downfield. Their coordination allowed the Pats to leap out and in of varied coverages and lower off probably the most harmful routes, sapping Kansas Metropolis’s offense of its explosion.
Particular groups: A-
Jake Bailey might have been the perfect participant on the sphere Monday, dropping his three punts contained in the Chiefs’ 20-yardline, with a mean resting place at their 10. Profitable the sphere place battle is non-negotiable for groups seeking to upset Kansas Metropolis, and Bailey helped the Patriots rating a stable victory. He additionally boomed six kickoffs for touchbacks.
Olszewski returned one punt for 12 yards. The Pats didn’t return a single kickoff.
Invoice Belichick turned in a masterful defensive recreation plan designed to crowd the center of the sphere with dropping linebackers and constantly speeding three. The Pats blitzed Mahomes simply twice — each occasions with impact — and saved Hill and Kelce from breaking out for giant video games.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels discovered one thing along with his two-halfback bundle within the third quarter, when the Pats rolled behind White and Burkhead. Sadly for them, Hoyer stopped all momentum and threw it in reverse. The Pats’ run recreation was constantly numerous and efficient, although a number of short-yardage hand-offs had been predictable.
Head of the category
P Jake Bailey The second-year punter could also be on his strategy to Professional Bowl consideration.
OG Michael Onwenu He was already an unprecedented rookie. Now, he’s enjoying like one of many Pats’ finest gamers — interval.
CB Stephon Gilmore One catch allowed, one turnover. Any defender within the NFL will take a recreation like that, even the reigning Defensive Participant of the Yr.
Again of the pack
QB Brian Hoyer Sure, it was that unhealthy.
WR Julian Edelman He leads the league with 5 drops now. His final was his worst.
C James Ferentz It’s not Ferentz’s fault he was handed a shock begin, however his lack of push within the run recreation harm, as did the pressures allowed.