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Rex Ryan gives harsh critique of Patriots offense after win vs. Eagles

Rex Ryan gives harsh critique of Patriots offense after win vs. Eagles

The New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 in Sunday's Week 11 matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, but you would have thought they lost based solely on the postgame commentary.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a rough outing, completing 26 of 47 pass attempts for 216 yards with zero touchdowns and no interceptions. Julian Edelman had New England's only touchdown pass of the day -- a 15-yard strike to Phillip Dorsett in the third quarter. 

The Patriots finished with 298 total yards of offense and scored one touchdown on four trips to the red zone. The lack of explosive plays was apparent, and former NFL head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan didn't hold back in critiquing New England's lackluster offense during Monday's episode of "Get Up."

"They don't have any speed, there's no threats," Ryan said. "Their two best receivers are both slot receivers. In other words, they need to be off the ball to be effective, and that's Edelman and (Mohamed) Sanu. Where's the other guys? Where's the speed? That left tackle, is that me blocking? They gotta get Isaiah Wynn back in a hurry. If they don’t, they’re in trouble, and (Tom Brady) knows it. Why’d they bring in Antonio Brown with a laundry list of things? Why? Because they needed a weapon. Why did they draft a guy in the first round? This team is short of talent, and he knows it. Normally, he’s the guy that carries this team, but right now, they’re being carried by that defense.”

Ryan said later in the segment, "I'm telling you right now ... I would've killed to defend this (Patriots offense)."

Wynn is eligible to return to game action Sunday in Week 12 versus the Dallas Cowboys, but it would be unfair (and unwise) to expect his return to cure all the issues ailing the Patriots offense. Make no mistake, the 2017 first-round draft pick is a huge upgrade over Marshall Newhouse at left tackle, but his injury history is a concern. Wynn missed his entire rookie campaign because of a torn Achilles, and he's missed all but two games this season due to a foot injury.

Two of the biggest problems for the Patriots offense is its inability to run the football and a lack of execution in the red zone. The Patriots didn't even give the run game much attention in their four red zone trips versus the Eagles, and that says a lot.

The Patriots were able to win a shootout on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game last season, but based on the last few weeks, it doesn't look like New England would be able to accomplish that in this year's playoffs. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has his work cut out for him over the next month as the Patriots try to find some sort of rhythm entering the postseason.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.