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Tom Brady credits Josh McDaniels for Patriots offense staying on track without Rob Gronkowski

Ryan Hannable
October 21, 2018 - 6:18 pm

The Patriots offense had a few things going against them on Sunday -- Rob Gronkowski missing the game due to a late week back injury and losing Sony Michel to a knee injury during the game -- but the team still put up 38 points in their 38-31 win over the Bears.

It was their fourth straight week of scoring at least 38 points, which is the longest streak in franchise history. It should be noted there were two special teams touchdown, so it wasn't just the offense that contributed.

Speaking after the game, Tom Brady gave offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a lot of credit for finding a way to keep the offense going without two of its biggest contributors.

“I think there were a lot of adjustments that were probably challenging for Josh especially, as the play caller," he said to reporters. "I give him so much credit never to lose his poise and Gronk just not feeling up to it -- Josh kind of manipulating everything with the gameplan that he needed to do in order to put us into a position to do well. 

“Losing Sony was tough, we all hope he’s OK. He’s doing a great job for us.”

Josh Gordon and Chris Hogan stepped up without Gronkowski, as Gordon had his first 100-yard game as a member of the team and Hogan had a season-highs six receptions.

As for the running game, James White had 40 yards on the ground, while Kenjon Barner added 36.

It was the fourth straight win for the team as it is now 5-2 after starting the year 1-2.

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