Patriots replay: Breaking down Week 5
Patriots miss their chances
The Patriots scored just six points, gained only 248 yards and ran all of four plays inside the Red Zone against the Bengals. But they certainly had their chances to score touchdowns -- they just didn't take advantage of them.
Aaron Dobson had a 53-yard catch-and-run that put the Patriots inside the Red Zone midway through the fourth quarter, but if Dobson had followed Kenbrell Thompkins' block and ran down the sideline instead of heading back toward the middle, he would've had a touchdown.
And on the same drive, Tom Brady has Danny Amendola wide open near the goal line. If he just leads him to his right shoulder, Amendola has an easy touchdown.
Instead: Brady throws behind Amendola, who reaches back to make the catch, but falls down and is tackled at the 1. The Patriots have to settle for a field goal on the drive.
On first-and-10 in the first quarter, the Patriots set up this screen pass to Brandon Bolden perfectly. If he doesn't drop this pass, he's got a ton of open space in front of him, and possibly a long touchdown.
Communications issues with the offensive line
Bill Belichick likes to say that offense is "assignment football," and the Patriots' offensive line had a few issues communicating those assignments on Sunday.
Here on this third-and-2 early in the first quarter, we see the pre-snap formations. Vontaze Burfict (55) is showing blitz, meaning LG Logan Mankins should handle him while LT Nate Solder should take DE Wallace Gilberry
Instead, both Solder and Mankins handle Burfict, while Gilberry comes screaming around the edge untouched as Brandon Bolden (38) went out to serve as a receiving option.
Solder is too late to recover, and Gilberry gets the easy sack to force a punt.