The Patriots provided NFL analysts with plenty of bad plays to pick apart during their uncompetitive 24-7 loss to the Bills on “Thursday Night Football.” But in Christian Fauria’s eyes, one hellacious sequence stands above the rest.
Deep in Patriots territory, Mac Jones dropped back to pass on 2nd-and-11, only for Bills lineman Shaq Lawson to barrel through the offensive line and drop Jones to the ground as he helplessly threw the ball away.
The Patriots were flagged for intentional grounding, and Cole Strange was called for holding.
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Jones never even had a chance to see the play develop, thanks to Trent Brown whiffing on his assignment.
“There are a lot of bad plays. This one may be my favorite. Watch No. 77, Trent Brown,” said Fauria. “I know for a fact the Patriots don’t teach this. Watch this. He steps back, flat, but instead of working with Cole Strange on the twist and the combo block, he decides to just throw at him. Of course, he misses, because that’s just what he does.”
Lawson had a free path to Jones, and immediately disrupted the play.
“Then here’s the outcome: here’s his guy. That may be the worst sequence of the year. Congratulations,” said Fauria.
The Patriots are uncompetitive on so many plays, because their offensive line can’t block. While Matt Patricia’s play-calling is under never-ending scrutiny, his miserable work as the team’s offensive line coach is arguably an even bigger reason for their woes.