New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Week 3 Commentary
by Kyle Fitta on September 26, 2011

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense looked unstoppable at one point as they marched up and down the field, making it look just too easy, and even the defense was creating havoc and creating turnovers. Then, just when you thought Brady was a put-together QB machine, he bled when he threw his first pick of the game. Even though it wasn’t his fault, he dwelled on that pick, which led to three more.

 

Props must go to the Bills’ players and the coaching staff for making the necessary halftime adjustments. They were somehow able to get inside Brady’s head and cause him to throw ill-advised throws. Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, didn’t let the early picks get in his head. He overcame them and he and his team battled back and won from a late FG with time expiring, 34-31.

 

Does this game mean the Bills are better than the Patriots? Does this game mean the Bills are going to be the team to beat in the regular season? Does this mean Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than Tom Brady?

 

The answer to all this is no. On any given Sunday, any team can beat another in the NFL. We’ve seen it time in and time out. While the Bills played tough, the Patriots gave up that game making costly mistakes they don’t usually make. And once something detrimental happens to this lifted spirited Bills team, they will sink like they always do.

 

This game proved one thing, and even though it’s one thing, it’s a huge thing: the Patriots defense needs a lot of improvement. We’ve always heard the saying offense wins games, defense wins championships, and if you don’t think it’s true, well you better think again.

 

Practically no team built upon offense can win a superbowl. Look at the recent Superbowl winners – Packers, Steelers, Saints, Colts, and Patriots. Sure, the Saints and Colts were based off offense, but the Saints led the league in takeaways and the Colts’ defense really stepped up in their playoff run –

 

Besides, the Colts have time in and out showed you throughout their history that the saying defense wins championship has merit, as they’ve only one just one ring with a great offense and one of the greatest QBs that ever lived.

 

Another example of defense wins championships is, of course, the New England Patriots. I believe we can all agree that Tom Brady and their offense has been better the last several years than any year they won the Superbowl, which should make it obvious why they won those Superbowls and that’s defense.

 

It’s so hard to call out Bill Belichick on wrong decisions he makes, since he’s one of the greatest coaches of all time and almost all the time it’s the right decision.

 

Although over the past years, I do not know what he’s doing. It almost seems like he’s trying to feed his own ego by saying “I can turn a bunch of inexperienced rookies into the Bears 85 defense”. It’s just not going to happen unless it’s in the next 4-5 years. Instead of signing Ocho Cinco (even if he does great down the stretch, they still didn’t need him) and picking up extra attributions  to that already great offense, they should’ve tried and built an at least solid defense. After all, Tom Brady isn’t superman. He’s going to have sub-par games. He’s going to make mistakes. Every legendary QB has made mistakes. If Aaron Rodgers makes a mistake, his defense is perfectly able to bail him out. If Big Ben makes a mistake, his defense can bail him out. If Joe Flacco makes a mistake, his defense can bail him out.

 

In order for the Patriots to win, Tom Brady and that offense has to play nearly flawless every game and putting that much pressure on one guy is tough for everyone in that organization. In my view, it’s not going to win rings. History has shown that too many times with other teams and with this team as well, especially since their stadium isn’t built upon offense in late season.



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