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Mike Lombardi: 'This is not a good Patriots team'

Ryan Hannable
November 16, 2018 - 12:21 pm
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Mike Lombardi is one of Bill Belichick's closest friends in the game of football having served on his staff for several seasons (2014-16), so whenever he has something to say about the Patriots it gets people's attention.

On this week's episode of his GM Street podcast, he had a few negative thoughts about the team following its 34-10 loss to Tennessee. Lombardi detailed the Patriots' road struggles and also Josh Gordon's play.

“I think the Titans played really well," he said. "I think the Patriots’ problems on the road have showed up every single time. They are 2-3 on the road. The last time they were 2-3 on the road — the last time they were sub-.500 on the road was 2013. They are just not a good road team. I think [Tom] Brady averages just under seven yards per pass completion on the road. The yards per attempt he’s under seven [yards]. He’s been sacked 10 times on the road. They can’t establish any kind of run game on the road. They’ve won two road games. They beat Buffalo and that was a tough game. They struggled in that game as well. The one game they won was in Chicago with Mitch Trubisky.

"To me, this is not a good Patriots team. I have been saying it all year. They struggle to make explosive plays. Josh Gordon doesn’t look as fast as he once was. I think he’s been covered up. Whether they have Gronk or don’t have Gronk, I think it is really problematic for them. When they are on the road — they didn’t have Shaq Mason at right guard, Ted Karras had to play in there — I thought the Titans did a great job. What was shocking was that [Marcus] Mariota as able to throw the ball as well as he did. And Corey Davis, here is a guy who has had one play over 25 yards all season. He had a 23-yard against the Eagles and a 55-yarder. The guy really makes plays down the field and he had seven [catches] for 125 [yards] in the game. That is not good.”

The Patriots will be off this weekend before taking on the Jets after Thanksgiving.

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