The Patriots appear to have a new rally cry
It’s not uncommon in sports for individual teams to come up with slogans or rallying cries to use as motivational tools. Often these slogans find their way on to apparel that is handed out to the team.
The New England Patriots are no strangers to this. Some have made more of a lasting impact (and yielded better results) than others, like the ‘Winners Wanted’ shirts in 2001 or the ‘Boogeymen’ sweatshirts in 2019.
Three weeks into their season, it looks like the 2023 have their rally cry. On Wednesday a number of players in the Patriots locker room were wearing new grey sweatshirts. On the front, the throwback ‘Pat Patriot’ logo. On the back, eight words.
“NO ONE IS COMING IT’S UP TO US”
The sweatshirt was handed out to every player in the Patriots locker room. According to JuJu Smith-Schuster, they were left by assistant head coach Joe Judge.
What is that message supposed to mean? Some more optimistic fans have placed it as a spin on the popular “we’re all we’ve got, we’re all we need” saying. Some others have used it to point to the Patriots’ lack of impact additions in recent years, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and labeled it as foreshadowing for the upcoming NFL trade deadline.
Given the sweatshirts weren’t seen by the media until late in the day, there wasn’t much of a chance to ask the players about the meaning behind the message. Perhaps that will come later in the week. For now though, the speculation can begin on what the team is trying to preach.
Too close for comfort: 10 takeaways from the Patriots' win over the Jets
The New England Patriots’ first win of the 2023 season didn’t come easy – for the team or their fans.
On a dreary Sunday afternoon in New Jersey, the Patriots grinded their way to early 10-0 and 13-3 leads before having to hold on for dear life as the New York Jets tried to stage an improbable comeback. The Jets missed that comeback by their fingertips, as the Patriots went on to win 15-10, picking up their 15th consecutive win over their division rival.
Early on it looked like the Patriots were going to have the dominant performance many were looking to as a sign the team was back on track. On offense they scored on two of their first four drives – while getting into field goal position on a third – while defensively they held the Jets to -6 yards on their first four drives.
However, the momentum seemed to change approaching halftime. After a bungled end-of-half sequence saw the Patriots leave points on the board, the Jets came out in the second half and started moving the ball with some regularity. The emergence of a ground game opened things up for Zach Wilson, and the Jets ended up out-gaining the Patriots over the final 30 minutes, 130 yards to 117. That included a 13-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that might have been the best of Wilson’s career.
The Patriots responded to that touchdown drive with a safety, to go back up by more than a field goal. Still, the Jets found themselves in position for a late Hail Mary, with the batted ball slipping just out of the reach of wide receiver Randall Cobb in the end zone.
What can we learn, and what questions were raised from this very sudden nail-biter? Let’s go back to the end of the first half and get started.