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Patriots’ offense impresses right off the bat


There are lots of things to worry about in this world.

The Patriots’ offense is not one of them.

New England scored touchdowns on each of its first drives in Friday night’s preseason opener at Philadelphia. Both were 80-yard marches. On the first drive, the Patriots emphasized the run, which made sense, what with Stevan Ridley rumbling 62 yards on the game’s first play. Five rushes later, the Patriots had their first score on a one-yard Ridley run.

On the Patriots’ next drive, they emphasized the pass. How did their revamped receiving corps fare? Just fine, as it turned out.

Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins got a lot of work, catching all four passes thrown his way. Fellow first-year player Aaron Dobson had a 23-yard reception on a perfect throw from quarterback Tom Brady. Thompkins came out of his break, and the ball was there. It was a beautiful thing.

So too was the Patriots’ second touchdown. Running back Shane Vereen split out left, drawing linebacker Mychal Kendricks in coverage. Vereen gave Kendricks a stutter-step, then sprinted toward the left corner of the endzone. Brady placed the ball toward the back pylon, and Vereen reached out and snagged it, getting both feet in bounds.

This ended Brady’s evening on appropriate note. On this night, his offense was in control against a work-in-progress Philadelphia defense.

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29 Responses to “Patriots’ offense impresses right off the bat”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:34 PM

    There truly is no defense against a perfectly thrown ball, and Brady shows that time and time again.

  2. pinion8ted says: Aug 9, 2013 8:38 PM

    Wes WHO?????

  3. jaredo10 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:42 PM

    both offenses looking really good

  4. bradybbgoat says: Aug 9, 2013 8:45 PM

    Its easy to look good in the preseason against simplified defensive fronts.

    I’m reserving all judgments for the regular season.

  5. SAV says: Aug 9, 2013 8:46 PM

    Chip Kelly’s hurry up offense will be picking first in the 2014 NFL Draft. Don’t get hyped Pats fans…

  6. tedmurph says: Aug 9, 2013 8:47 PM

    Offense looks sick, but D is disappointing. TWilson has got to go. Cost them 2 gms last yr, when he let WRs get behind him in the 4th Qtr on the road with as 8-9 pt leads(Balt, Seattle). RB laughs at his tackle attempt as he walks in to the EZ.

  7. jakec4 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:50 PM

    Nobody ever said the Patriots didn’t have impressive warning track power.

  8. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:50 PM

    I already miss Andy Reid

  9. brobroski says: Aug 9, 2013 8:59 PM

    Eagles can’t stop the run. Ridley and Blount both had 50 yard runs.

  10. texansfan713 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:00 PM

    Somewhere in KC, a fat man is laughing

  11. idothis2 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:03 PM

    Pats Defense looks atrocious so i guess the scales are still balanced…

  12. jets4everbaby says: Aug 9, 2013 9:04 PM

    Eagles pass defense sucks big time

  13. thegonz13 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:09 PM

    Yeah, well Tebow hasn’t looked too good. Two incompletions, one dumpoff and a sack…

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 9, 2013 9:13 PM

    Uh oh. Looks like the Pats aren’t gonna lay down and die because they’re missing some familiar faces. Looks like another angry year for the Internet.

  15. tedmurph says: Aug 9, 2013 9:15 PM

    Eagles can’t stop anything brob.

    The Pats may have warning track power jake, after winning 3 SBs, one against the eagles, but if that’s so, the eagles are an infield hit.

  16. fryeways says: Aug 9, 2013 9:19 PM

    i can’t wait for this Pats team to make another deep playoff run so all the Brady naysayers and spygate whiners can eat some epic crow.

  17. denverwally says: Aug 9, 2013 9:30 PM

    You can withhold judgement if you want, but this is nothing new for Brady. This is business as usual. Why would it take any time for him to establish timing with Ammendola or Dobson or Thompkins? The season Welker arrived he caught 112 passes. He threw 23 TD’s to Moss in his first year with the Pats. Brady is the man who makes it all work. The Pats will score as many points as any team in the league. Tom Brady says it will be so.

  18. 4getu says: Aug 9, 2013 9:34 PM

    It’s not that the patriots offense looked good, it’s more that the eagles defense is dreadful and is an absolute embarrassment. But eagles WILL NOT be picking first in the next draft like the clown above suggested

  19. flash1283 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:34 PM

    SAV says:
    Aug 9, 2013 8:46 PM
    Chip Kelly’s hurry up offense will be picking first in the 2014 NFL Draft. Don’t get hyped Pats fans…

    Oh how the Ravens fans will come back to earth when no one is there to bail out JUMP BALL JOE!

  20. valhalla2013 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    Ok Pat’s fans take a chill pill it’s only preseason, and it’s the Eagles as your opponents. I cant wait till the regular season and watch the Pats in one of their worst years in recent memory. All your cheating and letting go great players cause Kraft is so cheap…can’t wait for this slow motion train crash!

  21. dudermcrbohan says: Aug 9, 2013 11:02 PM

    that Thompkins dude seems like he is already Tom’s new security blanket. Can already tell he will make the team. Good for him.

  22. waitstop says: Aug 9, 2013 11:29 PM

    You can have more than one “first drive”?

  23. realfootballfan says: Aug 9, 2013 11:59 PM

    Half of my AFC championship game, barring any catastrophic injuries.

  24. brazzz01 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    It’s preseason for the Pats cameras too. Just like the players, the cameras also need lots of preseason practice to get Spygate working right once the games start to count.

    All knowledgeable football fans know the Pats are a 2 win team every year without Spygate. Its outrageous the league lets them get away with it again and again.

  25. rc33 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    Pays run game looks good again and their OL should be as solid as anyone’s. And Gronkowski will return. The growth of the D will be the key but it looks like they may finally have the pieces. We’ll see. But as usual, doubt these guys at your own risk.

  26. metitometin says: Aug 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    Get a life brazz01. Every team was videotaping because it was LEGAL. Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL because EVERY team was videotaping, not just the Pats. Get a clue.

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    Kelly must have forgotten to tell the defense they can tackle in preseason games.

    Patriots offense=sharp kife
    Eagles defense=hot butter

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 12:11 AM

    I will deny ever saying this, but I actually agree with 4getu.

  29. pats1977 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Pats’ D will be just fine. Our starting D will be as below.

    Jones – Wilfork – Kelly – Armstead
    Hightower – Spikes – Mayo
    Talib – Wilson – McCourty -Dennard

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