Tuesday, November 23
Teamwork leads to Pats victory
By John Madden
This game showed why the New England Patriots are a winning team and the Kansas City Chiefs are 3-7. The Patriots just play so well as a team and do what they have to do to win games, conversely the Chiefs play well as a team but somehow they manage to things along the way that cost them games.
They are able to move the ball, although they did have some trouble running the ball because of their trouble blocking the nose tackle whether it was Keith Traylor or Vince Wilfork. For some reason they just couldn't seem to get those two guys blocked. The offense came into the game the ranked number one in offense, but a big part of that is from injured RB Priest Holmes. His absence forced the Chiefs to pass more, which wasn't a bad thing because the Patriots were playing with two replacement corners.
In addition to the corners by the end of the game they were really playing with a patchwork defense. They had linebackers playing the free safety position and WR Troy Brown playing cornerback. I've always thought that the toughest position to play without is a quarterback and offensive tackles on offense and cornerbacks on defense and the Patriots played without corners and still won.
The Patriots hung in there and made enough plays to hold the Chiefs down and their offense has added RB Corey Dillon, which is a big addition for them. Dillon's presence gives them the ability to run on passing downs and that sets up the play action pass which love to utilize. The Patriots were just kind of a complete team and the two things that Bill Belichick says that he wants out of his players are consistency and dependability. That is what he coaches and that is what he gets out of his players and all of those things added up to a win on Monday night.