For the first time in what feels like eternity, the New England Patriots not only missed out on a potential first round bye, but they were bounced out of the playoffs in the Wildcard Round by the Tennessee Titans.
The New England Patriots have appeared in the last 3 Super Bowls. It was to the point where you could pretty much pencil them in to win the AFC Championship every season. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were going to figure out a way to win.
But 2019 was the end of a dynasty and we all should’ve seen it coming.
It started with the Patriots deciding to enter the season with a quarterback in their 40’s and zero talented receivers for him to throw the ball to. They traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets, they signed and then cut Antonio Brown and they cut Josh Gordon leaving their cupboards totally bare.
We also should’ve recognized that the Rob Gronkowski retirement was a bigger deal. Real quick: name the New England Patriots starting tight end this season. Exactly. They lost a Hall of Famer caliber player and replaced him with nothing. Bold strategy.
Their offensive line was devoured by injuries. Their starting left tackle and center both suffered season ending injuries and were replaced by guys who were in no way supposed to be starters in this league.
Combine an atrocious offensive line with a 42-year old Tom Brady who was once known for his ability to move in the pocket just simply could not move like he used to.
This team was doomed to fail.
Enter Derrick Henry. The running back that rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown for Tennesee. The gigantic man with the tiny jersey was straight up abusing the Patriots defense in an embarrassing fashion. In a sport that’s rooted in masculinity and toughness and all that garbage, it was hard to watch one single running back treat these grown men like toddlers.
So what’s next? Who do you put your money on now? I find that SBD’s NFL betting page does a pretty good job of including all the stats for their upcoming games. Aside from stats, they also have an updated list of any latest NFL injuries. Good time to do a bit of scouting to see who the favorites are this weekend.