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Patriots 10, Chiefs 3: halftime thoughts

FOXBOROUGH – Some quickie thoughts at halftime:

  • The Chiefs and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel came out with a gameplan to blitz Tom Brady and it worked like a charm — until the 52-yard touchdown to TE Rob Gronkowski, when the Chiefs had a mixup in the backend.
  • Brady and his line had a hard time sorting out the blitzes, which were very effective. That kind of gameplan works in spurts against the Patriots, but once Brady gets it sorted out, he’ll get his.
  • RT Sebastian Vollmer is having his troubles against OLB Tamba Hali. Everybody does, but Vollmer must be better.
  • C Dan Connolly (one sack allowed) left with a groin injury. Ryan Wendell played very well in Connolly’s place. Wendell has a lot of trouble with power, but with how much the Patriots spread the field, he’s not going to see a lot of straight nose tackle play over him.
  • Patriots have generated a decent amount of pressure against Tyler Palko, but the Chiefs have moved the ball. Patriots will want to limit the big plays and make Palko go 10 or 12 plays for a touchdown.
  • Julian Edelman has been a subpackage defensive back and seems to be doing well. Shows how weak the Patriots are in the secondary.
  • Chiefs are pulling out all the stops — blitzes, hurry-up, read option with a TE, onsides kick — so the Patriots need to stay disciplined to leave with a victory.
  • Patriots special teams need to be better in coverage in the second half.

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