3 STATISTICAL CATEGORIES THE PATRIOTS NEED TO DOMINATE and KEYS TO A PATRIOTS VICTORY IN ARIZONA
Rushing Attempts- Patriots- 31 Cardinals- 19
Time of Possession- Patriots- 33:59 Cardinals-26:01
Set Plays from Josh McDaniels- As an onlooker, it looked like Garoppolo and team were executing a set gameplan.
6th Sense with Receivers- A 72.7 completion percentage and no turnovers. I guess they knew what each other was thinking. In addition, there was some pretty good "improvised" completions for big gains.
Solid Blocking from Tight Ends- Great blocking from the tight ends.
Top Notch Special Teams- Gostkowski was perfect. No misses and some excellent kickoffs. With the new rule of touchbacks coming out to the 25, the Patriots have come up with a solid strategy that other teams will be sure to follow week 2. Ryan Allen did his job the few times he was called upon. Unlike Arizona, New England didn't appear to have any issues with the snap.
Amendola and Cyrus Jones were both solid and didn't get hurt or cough up the ball.
So, that list of mine? They nailed it. Mission complete.
Somehow I didn't type about how important winning the turnover battle was. Miraculously, the Patriots lost that battle 2-0 on the road and still manage a win. Wow.