Boomer Esiason, via GHS, has his doubts about Patriots offense

Ryan Hannable
December 02, 2019 - 12:05 pm

The Patriots offense was supposed to have its breakout game against a statistically poor Houston defense Sunday night, but instead scored only three first half points in a 28-22 loss where the majority of the points came in garbage time.

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Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday, WFAN and CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason did give some credit to the Houston defense.

“Their first half was terrible," he said. "You could see the frustration on Tom Brady’s face. You could read his lips. You could hear what he was saying. I think he is definitely struggling with his wide receivers, whether it be Mohamed Sanu or N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers — you name it. You have to give Romeo Crennel some credit. He really tried to take Julian Edelman out of the game. Julian Edelman is such a key component on third down, little fourth-and-1’s — things of that nature. I thought they did a pretty good job of that.”

Edelman and James White, who accounted for roughly two-thirds of the Patriots offense, didn't do the bulk of their damage until the fourth quarter.

As for if the offense has what it takes to figure something out for the rest of the season and playoffs, Esiason doesn't seem very confident.

“That is a really good question. It’s frustrating to watch against good teams," he said. "We talked about how their schedule would turn and they were going to play better teams. I think we’re starting to see that now and we’re starting to see some of the warts, especially on offense. They are not the big play offense that they have been in the past and one of those things --Tom Brady is saying it to us as he gives his postgame press conferences, his weekly press conferences -- he talks about practice, he talks about being on the same page, he talks about trust, all those things.

"When you take a look at the initial interception that he had, I would tell you don’t ever throw the ball there, but I would also say the receiver can not allow the defensive back to undercut him to make the interception. … There are problems and I think last night, what they tried to do on offense was they really wanted to establish a physical presence running the football early in this game and I think they did that because they wanted to use that as the game wore on in play-action passing situations to kind of get guys off their spots and try and throw it behind them, and it really didn’t work. I think they did score late in the game probably because Houston wore down a little bit.

"It was a really frustrating performance offensively in the first half, and I think we saw that on Tom’s face.”

The Patriots are now No. 2 in the AFC and will host the Chiefs this week.

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