Pats offense showed how much it relies on Sony Michel

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The Patriots have built an offense based on replaceable parts over the years, with Tom Brady surrounded by a revolving cast.

But last night, the absence of one player in particular showed that may no longer be the case.

Without rookie running back Sony Michel (inactive with a knee injury), the Patriots offense ground to a near-halt last night, and they were so desperate to portray a running game that wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was pressed into action.

They made us grind it out, grind out every yard,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, via Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston.

Prior to leaving Week Seven’s game against the Bears with a knee injury, Michel had rushed for 316 yards the previous three weeks, becoming the kind of bell cow back they’ve lacked. And his absence was noticeable.

The Patriots ran 26 times for 76 yards against the Bills, with Patterson’s 22-yard run late making a big portion of that. But without a steady running threat, the offense stalled in general, as they were forced to settle for field goals.

“They made it tough on us,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “We’ll take the win however we can get it. They don’t give up any big plays. We’d get in the red area but couldn’t get in the end zone. If we scored those touchdowns we’d feel a lot better but they’ve been playing good all year.”

Since Michel’s injury, the Patriots have scored 35 offensive points in the last seven quarters, making it clear how much they’ve missed their rookie back.

21 responses to “Pats offense showed how much it relies on Sony Michel

  1. I do believe Sony Michel’s absence is significant, but it might not as significant if they hadn’t already lost Rex Burkhead and Jeremy Hill earlier in the season.

  2. .
    The Patriots previously lost their top two RBs to IR. Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead went out Weeks 1 and 2.
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  3. The ESPN broadcast made me wonder what Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser were up to these days. Can anyone make a decent decision at that network? The original generation made that network great only for the next generation to completely destroy it. It’s like listening to a fake orgasm for 3 and a half hours. Spare me.

  4. Sony Michel is essential to this teams success. With that being said, his return must be coming after their bye, week 11 if Bill hasn’t chosen a back up plan. This problem seems to happen every year and there’s typically a new face at practice the next day.

  5. It was one tough game against a division opponent on the road. To suggest that three good weeks from Sony Michel has rendered the rest of the offense ineffective in his absence is ludicrous.

    The Pats are banged up on offense, particularly in the running game. Not having Marcus Cannon didn’t help either.

  6. Having Michel would have made little difference. Bills’ defense is legit. Well above average for the league this year. Especially against the run. The line was heavily clogged all night. Michel would not have had any more room to run than White or Patterson had last night. Plus it was an AFC East game on the road; all such games are tough. The Bills’ biggest problems are on offense.

    I was glad that Sony had at least another week to heal up.

    -Pats fan.

  7. terripet says:

    October 30, 2018 at 6:52 am
    They played a high school offense last night

    Team them up with the Colts defense and they could win the state championship.

  8. Good lord… did you even watch that game???? First IMO, Barry Sanders could have been in the Pats backfield and I doubt the outcome would have been much different. Buffalo has a lot of talent on D and they played a great game.

    Sony was third on the pats depth chart to start the season… (Burkhead, Hill) and no doubt he has been a nice addition, but to insinuate the Pats offense goes through him is just plan crazy talk.

  9. gisellichek says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Good lord… did you even watch that game???? First IMO, Barry Sanders could have been in the Pats backfield and I doubt the outcome would have been much different. Buffalo has a lot of talent on D and they played a great game.

    Sony was third on the pats depth chart to start the season… (Burkhead, Hill) and no doubt he has been a nice addition, but to insinuate the Pats offense goes through him is just plan crazy talk.
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    As a Pats fan I’m a bit stumped on this post. The Bills are in the middle of the pack in run defense. And only got there after the Pats game. So with respect, either the Pats OL stink or the RBs (or rather WRs forced to play RB) stink. Buffalo may have talent (and they did play great last night) it might be a stretch to claim no RB would have done better. The facts simply don’t bear that out. The fact of the matter is the Pats running game isn’t going through anybody at this point in the season.

  10. Sony would have made a HUGE difference in the game last night. His presence and effectiveness is why they beat the Chiefs.

    For all you dopey Patriot/Brady haters – that’s what you call our brand new shiny “The System (TM)” that you love to drool on about. 🙂 “The System (TM)” as every intelligent football fans in existence knows, is many offensive systems. This iteration has James White and Sony Michel as the feature of this offense run by the GOAT Tom Brady.

    Brady is doing just fine in the new system. Like he did in any of the dozen+ systems the Patriots ran over the years. Like he would in any system. On any team. Fact.

    Oh snap. Class dismissed.

    🙂

  11. Maybe the 20+mph hour winds played a factor in the run game..causing BOTH running attacks to face crowded boxes.How many yds did mccoy get?KB will not cause anyone to fear him and CP is not a rb(wr)to say SM wouldn’t have made a would have is hypothetical but he would have garnered more respect.

  12. fireroger says:
    October 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    gisellichek says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Good lord… did you even watch that game???? First IMO, Barry Sanders could have been in the Pats backfield and I doubt the outcome would have been much different. Buffalo has a lot of talent on D and they played a great game.
    Sony was third on the pats depth chart to start the season… (Burkhead, Hill) and no doubt he has been a nice addition, but to insinuate the Pats offense goes through him is just plan crazy talk.
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    As a Pats fan I’m a bit stumped on this post. The Bills are in the middle of the pack in run defense. And only got there after the Pats game. So with respect, either the Pats OL stink or the RBs (or rather WRs forced to play RB) stink. Buffalo may have talent (and they did play great last night) it might be a stretch to claim no RB would have done better. The facts simply don’t bear that out. The fact of the matter is the Pats running game isn’t going through anybody at this point in the season.
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    Let me start by saying your facts are correct, but not relevant to my point.

    The article insinuated the Pats offense struggled because Sony did not play, that is simply not true.
    Had he played (IMO) , the outcome would not have been much different. “

    “The fact of the matter is the Pats running game isn’t going through anybody at this point in the season”
    That is accurate!

  13. Um… it only “relies” on Michel because Jerramy Hill who beat out Mike Gillespie for the thumper/four-minute-guy then went on IR, followed by Rex Burkhead who also went on IR. And of course, they let Lewis go, which kind of boggles the mind, but the offense was build on Hill/Burkhead/White/Michel… not just Michel.

  14. terripet says:
    October 30, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Buffalo had dropped touchdown and dropped interception difference in the game
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    I thought the difference in the game was that the Pats run D obliterated McCoy and made Buffalo 1 dimensional on a windy day that made throwing very difficult.

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