FOXBORO, Massachusetts – Some leftover notes and nuggets from a wildly entertaining night of football at Gillette Stadium:
– Sony Michel went back for the New England Patriots and wore the ball 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-40 win over the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.
After an initial fight in his return from a preseason knee injury, the rookie-running was back among the NFL's most prolific backs in the past three weeks, collecting 31
He is the fifth player in the history of the Patriots who drove three times more than 90 yards in his rookie season and the first since Robert Edwards in 1998.
But Michel, who was classified as questionable for the game on Sunday with a knee injury, still sees room for improvement.
"Everything was the O-line," he said. It was probably hard to see from the boys' perspective, but there were holes down there, but, yes, we did a few plays, but we left yards outside, there were a few that I thought that they could have been bigger games, but that's football. "
One area in which Michel has improved is in short-term situations. His touchdowns against K.C. He crashed from 4 yards and 1 yards, and he also turned a 3-and-1 with two minutes left and tied the score.
Four games later, after a 16-yard pass to James White and a 39-yard bomb on Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski launched a game-winning 28-yard field goal.
"Sony is running hard," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "He picked up a lot of hard yards for us, which was a great success … We got it from the 1-yard line on the goal line and the third-and-1, which were key situations."
When asked if he would expect this sort of success so early in his career, the first-round pick said he was just excited to help the patriot.
"I just expected that I was drafted the Patriots to win football matches," Michel said. "It's not really about me, it's about this team, it's about," What can I do to help this team? "If it's 100 yards, it's 100 yards, if it's 2 yards, it's 2 metres. "
– Gostkowski was a perfect 5-for-5-on-field goal-tries and 4-for-4 on extra points, and the Patriots went the whole game without a punt for the fifth time in the franchise history.
However, not everything was positive in the special team front. New England helped Kansas City thanks to a botched Squib kick ("I'll take care of that," Gostkowski said) great field position, and later a 97-yard kickoff return to Tremon Smith, which set up touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"Brutal," said Matthew Slater, captain of the Special Teams when he was asked to return. "I do not know what happened, we have to look at it in the movie, but it was bad, I think we're a lot better than what we played out there, so we should figure it out quickly … we We tested our team tonight and given up the return, and they saved us. "
– Broad receiver Chris Hogan enjoyed his best game of the season, taking four passes on four goals for 78 yards, including a 42-yarder mid-fourth-runner building a Tom Brady rushing touchdown.
Hogan, too, could have handled an even better stance, as Brady did not see him standing wide open in the end zone in the third quarter of an incompletion.
"That's just football," Hogan said. "You can not do everything on the field, I just have to make sure I'm out and doing my job for 60 minutes, running as well as I can and trying to be open." When opportunities come, I'll try to play the game. "
Hogan was unusually calm in the Patriots' first five games this season, hitting just 11 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in that period.
– For the sixth time in the history of the franchise, the Patriots have not committed a single accepted punishment.
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