While the biggest story of the Patriots-Chiefs game was the referees, the Patriots offense still isn't clicking on all cylinders.
The unit finished with 16 points and only 94 yards rushing against the 28th-ranked defense in the league. Sony Michel finished with only eight yards on five carries. Furthermore, the Patriots young and new receivers still haven't fully connected with Tom Brady.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday, WFAN and CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason put some of this on Josh McDaniels.
“This is on Josh McDaniels," he said. "Josh has to figure out a way to put guys in the best possible positions and not allow teams to take Julian Edelman away. The other thing here also, remember this offensive line hasn’t been great. Tom for years has stood back there at times and had the luxury of holding the ball for 4.5-5 seconds. I don’t feel like that is the case now. I feel like with the injuries and the changes at left tackle, the problems at center, there are some gaping holes in pass protection that are also collapsing around him.
"Here’s the other thing about playing Cincinnati this week, they do have a number of what I would call good quality older players on the defensive line. Once they sniff out there’s a problem with the offensive line of the opposing team, they may raise their level of their game. Dante Scarnecchia has to go back to work with his group as well. This a collective thing. I would say there’s a lot of frustration. I would say there’s some miscommunication and there’s not the great pass protection Tom has been afforded the last four or five years.”
Brady finished the game 19-for-36 passing with 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He went to his postgame press conference with a wrap on his right elbow, and it has appeared on the injury report the last several weeks, but Esiason doesn't believe the Patriots' issues are because of Brady's arm.
“I don’t know if there is something wrong with Tom physically, I don’t think so," he said. "I think it is more the frustration of not trusting the guys he’s throwing to. He had a third-and-7 and (Jakobi) Meyers is cutting across the middle and Meyers’ hands didn’t even come together. I don’t know what he was doing. Then of course the next play was fourth-and-7 and he threw it wide to Julian Edelman in the face of a blitz.
"I think that is more troubling to me than anything else. I feel it. I have been in these shoes of Tom Brady many times in my career. I know what a frustrated quarterback looks like when he’s playing with guys that he’s not really trusting, especially given the history with the guys he has played with and how well they have been able to move. The last couple weeks have been troubling.”
The Patriots are still 10-3 on the year and if they win out they will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC.