Throughout the game you could see the gaping holes that Oakland allowed on defense, but Brady had struggled finding his receivers and making accurate passes to even exploit the Raiders’ defense down the field.
He was constantly pressured and was frustrated with not getting time in the pocket. Even though they struggled with throwing the ball, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick wanted to generate some type of momentum to keep his guys in the game, so he decided to enforce some running plays late in the game.
At the end of the game the Patriots rushed 32 times for only a minimum of only 76 yards and Brady went 24 out of 37 for 234 yards and a touchdown.
After the game it was evident that the Patriots’ concern was surrounded by the offense. Raiders defensive lineman Antonio Smith said you can’t blame Brady for all of the offense’s ills.
“If they could protect him he could make things happen, Brady is Brady,” said Smith. “I don’t think Brady has lost nothing. Brady is Brady, and the way he runs the game is still effective.”
“I think we can just really do pretty much everything better offensively,” said Coach Belichick. “We need to work harder and be more consistent in the running game and the passing game, all the way around, everything: blocking, throwing, catching, running, run reads, routes, distribution. You name it.”
Brady responded to the criticism that the offense was taken by simply stating it’s way too early in the season to panic. “It’s only three games in, so we have a long season ahead of us. There’s a lot of football to play,” said Brady. “We haven’t done a lot of good things offensively, period. If you want to settle on the red area, I’d settle on everything — certainly the pass game, run game, and penalties, but we’re 2-1. I think we can make the improvements and understand that we’re trying to build something, but we have to improve everything. That’s the stage we’re at.”
Even Retired OLB Miami Dolphins Jason Taylor had a better system that the Patriots could use to improve their offense. "Their offense is kind of in flux right now," said Taylor. "When they run the ball well their offense is a lot better. When they don't, vice versa. The problem is their offensive line is not playing very well right now. They're not protecting Brady very well and they're not opening up holes in the run game.
"If they could run the football everything else falls into place. Brady can run quick screens, which would the ball out of his hands very quickly. They don't stretch the field a whole lot with their receivers to begin with, so I think their running game is that much more important."
“When Brady is in the pocket and he's comfortable and he can set his feet and move from his first receiver to his second receiver," explained Taylor. "When he has time to do that, that offense runs very efficiently, just up and down the field, you can't really stop it. But when you get him off the spot and make him move his feet a little bit, he starts throwing some balls falling backwards, a little chuck and duck."
Despite the Patriots’ struggling affair on the offensive side, they are 2-1 and still in contention within their division. We have seen time and time again that the Patriots know how to win and that is all that maters.