The return of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t enough to put the Patriots over the top as Tom Brady struggled in a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.
Brady was sacked four times in the loss and never seemed to get in rhythm. Deep passing opportunities evaporated when he was under pressure, with his longest pass coming on a 30-yard reception by Gronkowski early in the game.
A week after a four-touchdown performance against the Buccaneers, Eagles QB Nick Foles was just 11-of-29 for 80 yards and no touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a head injury. With starter Michael Vick injured on the sidelines, Foles was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley but that did not improve their chances on Sunday. Barkley threw three interceptions on 20 pass attempts.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo wasn’t a whole lot better, throwing two picks himself, but with the defense doing its job to shut down the Eagles, he did enough. Philadelphia has lost a franchise-record nine straight games at home.
Tony Romo threw the ball 47 times while the Cowboys carried the ball just 26, all while Dallas was leading. There’s no greater sign an offense lacks faith in its ability to run the football. Shifting the focus to Romo was the right move as the team’s back averaged just 2.8 yards per carry, but the Cowboys need to find an answer for how they can become more balanced offensively. This problem might not be able to be solved until next year’s draft as rookie Joseph Randle has struggled thus far.
Quarterback play will be pointed to as the reason Philadelphia lost, but LeSean McCoy’s 81 all-purpose yards was far more damaging to Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme. Without the threat of the run the Cowboys were able to key in on the pass, and it helped when the defensive line was getting a lot Cheap NCAA Jerseys of pressure. This game will be looked at as the blueprint teams will follow moving forward, and it will be Cheap NFL Jerseys interesting to see how Michael Vick will adjust as he returns from injury.