Costs Belichick gets 300th NFL win with familiar formula

Oct 27, 2019

  • Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.– Invite to the 300 Club, Expense Belichick.

The New England Patriots27-13 success against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday was Belichick’s 300 th as a head coach (regular season and playoffs) as he joins Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) as the only coaches to hit the mark. Quarterback Tom Brady previously stated Belichick deserves it, as he called him the greatest coach of all time while citing his “competitive stamina.”

The game had a familiar aim to the others that have actually helped the Patriots jump out to an 8-0 start this season– the defense set the tone with 3 turnovers in the very first quarter, and the offense complemented the system by not turning the ball over while continuing to handle a difficult personnel situation in which brand-new pieces are being integrated weekly.

As for Belichick, hitting 300 wins had a full-circle feel to it.

His very first profession win was as the Browns’ head coach– versus the Patriots in Foxborough. So it may have been fitting that this win likewise came in New England, this time versus the Browns.

Eye-popping NextGen Stat: Among the key plays in the very first half was Browns running back Nick Chubb‘s fumble, when he ran 44 backyards to the Patriots’ 16 prior to Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones caught him from behind to force the ball loose. According to NFL Next Gen Statistics, Jones reached a max speed of 20.25 miles per hour, well above limit speed Chubb reached on the play (1892 mph).

Explain the game in 2 words: Soaked and careless. It had poured heavily throughout the day, prior to going away in the 2nd half, and the play on the field showed the conditions as the Patriots’ defense totaled 3 turnovers in the very first quarter.

Promising pattern: On a fourth-and-4 play in the 2nd quarter, Brady found recently acquired receiver Mohamed Sanu for a gain of 4 yards, with Sanu having just enough juice to squeeze his way past the first-down marker. That Brady looked in Sanu’s direction in a got-to-have-it moment is something they can construct on as they work to develop a rapport. Sanu was charted on the field for 36 of 68 snaps (charges consisted of).

Essential play: The Patriots led 17-10 in the third quarter, dealing with a third-and-10 from their own 16, and momentum was on the cusp of swinging to the Browns’ side. Brady found running back James White on a screen play that went 59 backyards and established a Brady-to- Julian Edelman14- yard goal pass four plays later on.

Strong forecast for next week: The Patriots will not make another trade by Tuesday’s deadline, rather welcoming back first-round draft option N’Keal Harry to the active lineup. Harry was previously designated to return off hurt reserve, and is qualified to make his debut in the video game next week at Baltimore. Also on the forecasts front, 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn will be designated to return off IR today (eligible to play for the very first time Nov. 17 at Philadelphia).

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