The loss of Gronk is big but not as big as last season. The Patriots had to adapt during the regular season this year without Gronk and did so pretty good. And then had to adapt last Sunday on the fly and they did, matter of fact, they looked great on offense vs the Texans last Sunday without Gronk.
The Patriots have so many weapons on offense, and if a game plan is put together properly this game should be another offensive highlight film. Game plan and execution is everything. The Patriots need to be creative here, with Vereen stepping up and showing he can be used as a receiver as well as a running back it just adds to what the Patriots can do.
hoomanawanui played well last weekend, he is a good blocker and he can catch the ball to. I think he can play that 2nd TE position well enough to help and not hinder the Patriots.
Ridley as long as he can hold onto the ball is a very good running back and can carry the running game along with some help from Vereen, Woodhead if healthy and Bolden has shown good things too.
Lloyd can be used as a medium to deep threat to help open up the short to medium field.
Welker, well we all know what he can do!
Last night I watched again last seasons playoff game against the Ravens and this is a whole different team with a whole lot more weapons then last year. The Ravens are pretty much the exact same. I think this seasons game against the Ravens in week 3 was just an extension of last seasons playoff game. This offense (and defense) has a whole new dynamic to them now then they did last season and week 3 of this season. McDaniels was just finding out what he has with this team at week 3, I think after last weekends game he knows.
I'm feeling better about this game, a lot better. The right game plan needs to be made, and it needs to look a lot like last weekends game plan.
And this is just the offense, the defense is a whole lot different and better then week #3 too. Again, the Patriots are a different team now, Ravens are the same as they have always been.
I'm currently downloading the coaches film of week 3, can't wait to watch it and see what they did in that game.