GET FIRST DOWNS- A month ago the Patriots had a 3rd down efficiency of over 60%, they are now second in the league with a a success rate of 47.1%. This is one of the few areas where the Redskins' defense has a bit of an edge. For the season they are holding opponents to a 39.3% efficiency on third down. Assuming the Patriots do face some third downs in today's contest, this should be an area to keep an eye on.
In case you were wondering, Tom Brady does lead the league in passing yards lost to penalties with 219.
OFFENSE INSIDE THE 10 YARDLINE- Assuming at some point our offensive line of scrimmage is inside the 10 yard line, we need to execute better. Without having looked back at the specifics of all of this year's games, I do recall several times when we've either had to settle for a ridiculously close field goal or four attempts to score. Inside the 10 is the one place where Brady has a pedestrian QB rating of 92.
TURNOVERS- While we could probably have a turnover or two and still have the game in hand, we need to hold onto the ball. In addition to the fact that a turnover doesn't go over very well with Belichick, not turning over the ball has to be pissing off the Patriot Haters. Remember last January when people said the Patriots didn't turn over the ball because of it being under-inflated? Well, what's their excuse now? The Patriots are once again tops in the NFL with only 3 turnovers. Yes, total turnovers after 7 games, the Patriots have 3. One of which was the completely unlucky Edelman deflection for Brady's only pick of the season.