Three Takeaways From Patriots Beatdown Of Colts Week 9

The Patriots should get starting center David Andrews (concussion) back after their leave, and that will go a long way to stabilizing this unit. But they have some important questions to answer right off the bat. Is the Wynn Right Tackle experience officially over? What should the Patriots do with Strange — their top pick in the 2022 draft — now that he’s been benched in back-to-back games? Are they comfortable enough in Cadjust to keep him in the starting XI? Would they consider moving Mike Onwenu to right tackle, with Wynn potentially in right guard?

Elsewhere, the Patriots again got next to nothing from unnamed receivers Jakobi Meyers, with Thornton, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor and high practice squad Lynn Bowden combining for four catches on eight targets for 16 yards while the starting DeVante Parker sat out with a knee injury. Meyers caught five passes on six targets for 42 yards and lost a fumble.

New England’s only two gains over 20 yards came from tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, who had a 24-yard catch on a well-executed screen pass and a 30-yard seam. , respectively. Rhamondre Stevenson ran 15 times for 60 yards and caught three of his seven targets for 10 yards and the Patriots’ only touchdown. Newly promoted JJ Taylor completed Stevenson with Damien Harris (illness) unavailable, finishing with just 9 yards on 10 carries but making a great bustle play to recover a fumble from Bourne.

X. Patriots Special Teams Get Revenge
The Patriots spoke this week about how the Colts “dominated” them in the kicking game when those teams met last season. Indianapolis returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in that game en route to a 27-17 victory.

New England reversed that scenario in Sunday’s rematch. The Patriots got a 23-yard punt return and a 32-yard kickoff return from Marcus Jones, four field goals from Nick Folk and, poetically, a punt blocked by Jonathan Jones, which Brenden Schooler recovered just short of the Indy goal line to get on Stevenson’s touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Folk, the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week last week, is a perfect 9-for-9 on field goal attempts over the past two games, single-handedly outscoring the rest of the Patriots offense over the past two games. this period. Colts kicker Chase McLaughlin, meanwhile, netted a 39-yard field goal, tipping the scales further toward New England.

The only knock against the Patriots here was a more wobbly punt from Jake Bailey, including a confusing fourth-quarter shoot that only traveled 7 yards.

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