The Patriots offense got off to a sloppy start on Monday night, as former Patriot defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s schemes got the best of Brady and Co. for much of the first half. New England’s offense was shutout until Rob Gronkowski found himself wide open for a 52 yard TD catch and run with just over 4 minutes to go in the 2nd Quarter.
But the Pats never looked back from there. The final score at Gillette Stadium was reflective of pre-game expectations: New England 34, Kansas City 3
Gronk added another TD in the second half, finishing the game with 96 yards and 2 scores. The 2nd year player has 20 TD’s in just 26 career games…the quickest any TE in NFL history has reached the mark.
Julian Edelman returned a punt for a Touchdown and made some contributions at defensive back, filling in the Pats depleted secondary. After a shaky start that left Pats fans puzzled, Belichick seemed to make to necessary adjustments throughout the game.
The Pats front 7 manhandled first time starter Tyler Palco, never giving the Chiefs QB a chance to pose a threat.
New England moves to 7-3 on the year, taking control of the AFC East. The Jets and Bills are both chasing the Pats at 5-5 and they have to play each other next weekend. If the Jets lose that game they could be cooked… and let’s be honest NO ONE expects the Bills to make a run down the stretch. There is still a lot of football left to play, but Pats fans have to be feeling pretty good about their team right now.