BOSTON (CBS) — Though it may seem as if the Patriots’ Week 1 victory ended about 15 minutes ago, it’s already time to get geared up for Week 2.
The Patriots host the Jets on Thursday night for the home opener at Gillette, and they’re doing so with perhaps more question marks than they had surrounding them for the season opener last week in Buffalo. The performance was not exactly crisp, and with injuries already playing a factor — on a short week, no less — this matchup against the Jets does not look to be a blowout-waiting-to-happen like it may have a few weeks ago.
That doesn’t mean this one’s necessarily going to be a nail-biter, but a number of things have to go right for the Patriots in order to make this one a happy homecoming. Here are four keys to watch for in the Pats’ home opener.
Who’s Going To Catch The Ball?
Shane Vereen — out.
Danny Amendola — doubtful.
Zach Sudfeld — questionable.
Aaron Dobson — questionable.
So … who’s going to catch all of the passes?
Surely, Julian Edelman can’t catch them all, so it will be on the shoulders of Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and maybe even Matthew Slater to get involved in the passing game. Michael Hoomanawanui may have to have an increased role as well.
One thing’s for certain: It’s a tough week to be Tom Brady.
(Well, it’s as tough a week as there is for Tom Brady, which is to say all things considered, it’s still a pretty nice week to be Tom Brady.)
Hold On Tight, Stevan
Stevan Ridley lost his job in the span of 20 minutes with a fumble that didn’t count and one that did. In his absence, Shane Vereen stepped up in a big way (101 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards), but thanks to a broken wrist, …read more
Source: CBS local Boston