For all of the headlines superstars, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been receiving, it’s the Patriots defense that has been standing out. On MNF, New England had 4 interceptions and forced 2 fumbles, upping their season takeaway total to 22.
After missing 3 games with mono, Sam Darnold had an incredible comeback win last week against the Cowboys, but struggled the entire game against the Patriots. Darnold finished 11 for 32 with only 86 passing yards and was kept off-balance the entire game.
Playing without Josh Gordon and Rex Burkhead, New England had no problem scoring touchdowns. Sonny Michel ran for 3 TDs and tight ends Benjamin Watson and Eric Tomlinson contributed big in their first games as Patriots.
After New England’s 2nd shutout of the season and improving their record to 7-0, the next stretch of games is the real test to the depth of their team. 4 of their next 6 games are against teams above .500, and if they can finish that stretch without a loss, they have a legitimate chance of finishing with a perfect record.