Theismann: Patriots' Dynasty Ending, Offense Non-existent

Tom Brady hasn't diminished, Joe Theismann says, but the receivers around him have

Reiter Than You
December 03, 2019 - 9:34 am
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For the first time in a long time, the New England Patriots enter the stretch run of the regular season looking, well, mortal. The Patriots are 2-2 over their last four games and scored just 30 point combined in wins over the Eagles and Cowboys.

Is the Patriots’ dynasty ending?

“I think so,” Joe Theismann said on Reiter Than You. “They don’t really have a wide receiving presence. They haven’t been able to find anybody who’s been clutch like Julian Edelman. Their passing game basically lives inside the numbers. They’re not an outside-throwing football team. I don’t see Tom diminishing much. To me, everybody would say, ‘It’s Tom Brady.’ It’s not Tom Brady. Their defense has played well.”

The Patriots scored 17 points against the Eagles and 13 points against the Cowboys in Weeks 11 and 12, respectively. In Week 13, they had scored just three points against the Texans with less than a minute to go in the third quarter.

“Let’s face it: the last three weeks, the New England Patriot offense has been non-existent,” Theismann said. “They haven’t been able to run the football very well. They haven’t been able to put the ball in the end zone with the consistency they have before. I think the biggest problem lies in a lack of confidence in the (receivers) outside.”

With the Patriots appearing vulnerable, look for the Ravens and Texans to take advantage. Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson are young, athletic quarterbacks who can win from the pocket but also beat you with their legs.

“Will they have a 19-year career in the National Football League? Probably not,” Theismann said. “But for what they’re doing right now, I think you have to look and say those are the teams that would create the biggest problem for New England.”

Baltimore, in particular. The Ravens (10-2) have won eight straight games since their 2-2 start.

“That’s the team that’s built for the next two, three, four years,” Theismann said. “The Houston Texans have gotten our hopes up on different occasions. . . . I’m not taking anything away from the Texans win, but you still have to wonder did they get the best shot from New England as a football team? I would definitely go with the Ravens.”