There’s something about playing in the Florida heat that doesn’t mesh well with the Patriots. They’ve lost 5 of their last 7 games in the Retirement State when the temperature is above 80 degrees. The Jaguars had also been thinking about this game ever since losing the AFC Championship game the season before. It seemed the Patriots had not.
New England looked like a team full of strangers who were playing their first game together. Brady was constantly under pressure and the defense looked like it had all last season: making mediocre QBs (sorry Blake Bortles) look like Vintage Peyton Manning. The offensive game plan felt more conservative than an Alabama election, and the defensive game plan was no better.
But there were still flashes. First round pick Sony Michel showed nice burst and toughness running between the tackles against a formidable Jaguars defense. Super Bowl LI hero James White looked like his elusive self. And the defense created turnovers in the second half to keep the Patriots within striking distance.
Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t finish enough drives on the turnovers, and the defense kept giving up big plays to the BOAT. The Patriots were lucky to only lose by 11, but with a game against the Lions next week it wasn’t yet time to hit the panic button. The Pats fall to 1-1.