Turnovers Mar Otherwise Workmanlike Performance By Pats

September 9, 2013 1:00 PM
Turnovers Mar Otherwise Workmanlike Performance By Pats
" Turnover differential is a big reason why the New England Patriots have been such a successful franchise in recent years.  New England has led the NFL in turnover margin in each of the last three seasons, compiling 70 more takeaways than giveaways over that span. But in their Week One victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Patriots gave away the ball three times while taking it away only twice. Thus, instead of earning an easy victory, it took a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with five seconds remaining in the game for the Patriots to come away with a 23-21 win in Buffalo.

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Offense Grade: C

Tom Brady had an uncharacteristic game, completing only 55.8 percent of his passes (29-of-52) for 288 yards with one interception.  Some of his new receivers, particularly rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, didn’t appear to be on the same page as Brady. Thompkins did have an impressive 20-yard catch in the second quarter – one of four catches he made in his NFL debut – but he ran poor routes on several other occasions. One notable mistake came late in the third quarter, with the Bills leading 21-17 "

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