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    April 16, 2019 8:06 PM PDT

    After every New England Patriots win Matthew Slater Color Rush Jersey , head coach Bill Belichick joins radio color commentator and ex-Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak for a film breakdown of the action. This week, the duo took a look at four pivotal plays from the team’s 43-40 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.1-10-KC 49 (7:21) S.Michel up the middle to KC 37 for 12 yards (R.Parker).“One of the best things about the game was our running the ball,” Belichick said before analyzing the first play, an off-tackle run by first-round Sony Michel. The head coach especially praises the blocking up front, and highlights a double-team block by right guard Shaq Mason and right tackle Marcus Cannon to seal the edge, as well as the push created by tight end Rob Gronkowski, fullback James Develin and pulling guard Joe Thuney. “Just getting good movement here at the line of scrimmage.”1-10-KC 23 (5:12) (Shotgun) P.Mahomes pass short middle intended for T.Kelce INTERCEPTED by D.Hightower at KC 31. D.Hightower to KC 4 for 27 yards (D.Harris).The first really big play of the game came midway through the first quarter when linebacker Dont’a Hightower picked off Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes deep in Kansas City territory. “This is a really good play here by Hightower,” Belichick said about the takeaway. “Normally what happens when the offense play-actions Ryan Allen Jersey , is they try to hit the area behind the [linebackers].” Hightower was not fooled by the fake handoff and instead was able to get in the passing lane and record an interception. Belichick also highlights defensive edge Trey Flowers, who was able to clear the way for the 27-yard runback with a big block on Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher.1-10-NE 15 (:17) (Shotgun) P.Mahomes pass deep right intended for T.Kelce INTERCEPTED by D.Harmon [D.Hightower] at NE -3. Touchback.“I thought this was a big play in the game,” Belichick said about Duron Harmon’s end zone interception late in the first half. The head coach starts breaking it down by looking at Kansas City moving its personnel around: “Really good job of our guys adjusting to a formation you rarely see,” Belichick noted before again highlighting Hightower’s impact on the play as his rush forced Mahomes to try a pass into double coverage.1-10-NE 21 (3:50) T.Brady pass short left to R.Gronkowski pushed ob at KC 37 for 42 yards (R.Ragland).The final play that Belichick and Zolak look at also features a rarely seen look, this time by the Chiefs’ defense. “This is something we saw going all the way back to Buddy Ryan and the mid-80s,” New England’s head coach said of one of his team’s biggest pass plays of the night, a 42-yarder to Rob Gronkowski. Kansas City is covering the tight end with a safety down by the line of scrimmage, but New England reacts well: Gronkowski and left tackle Trent Brown fake to block the two men lining up on the other side of them but instead let one rush freely which in turn allows Gronkowski to get open down the field. “Josh McDaniels and the offensive staff did a really good job of installing the play Danny Shelton Color Rush Jersey ,” Belichick said before taking Zolak on a trip back to the late 1980s and an old game between the Tampa Bay Buccanners and Detroit Lions which saw the same play used.To watch video of the breakdown, please visit patriots.com. After slowly starting into the 2018 regular season, the New England Patriots’ offense has turned the corner over the last three weeks. Thanks in part to the emergence of rookie running back Sony Michel and Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon becoming bigger parts of the passing offense, Tom Brady and his teammates scored an average of 39.7 points over their last three contests – all wins, by the way.This is a noticeable improvement when compared to the 19.0 average the unit had through the first three games this year. One of the key reasons for the team’s recently improved output is its success in the red zone: the Patriots scored touchdowns on 10 of their 14 red area trips over the last three games; they are also 7 of 11 when it comes to converting goal-to-go situations.When looking at the season-long statistics, New England has now improved to 15 of 22 in the red zone. Furthermore the team scored six field goals, and had one turnover. While not perfect, there is a lot to like about the efficiency deep in the opponent’s territory – and one reason why the Patriots have had plenty of success inside the opponents’ 20-yard line is a player that has seen a limited number of passes thrown his way in the red area this season.Rob Gronkowski Lawrence Guy Color Rush Jersey , he of 56 red area scores to his name in his career, was the target of just two passes counted as red area throws: he caught a 21-yard touchdown in week one (a penalty had pushed New England back, but it still counts as a red zone trip), was the target of an incompletion in week four, and saw a pass knocked out of his hands for an interception in week five.When compared to the Patriots’ other receiving options, Gronkowski is having a quiet season so far in terms of red zone usage. Overall, four players have seen more than his three targets in this part of the field:All four players have proven to be valid red zone threats but it is still noteworthy to see them receive at time noticeably more targets than a 6’6, 265 lbs tight end who is one of the best red zone receivers of his era. That being said Drew Bledsoe Jersey , Gronkowski is still having an impact on New England’s red zone offense simply because of his presence: having him on the field forces defenses to account for him, often with more than just one player.This, in turn, frees things up elsewhere and allows players like James White to take advantage. While it would be nice to see Gronkowski get more red zone targets – effectively speaking he was thrown just one pass inside the 20, the same number as fullback James Develin – he still plays a big role. This role does not come up on the stat sheet, sure, but it is important nevertheless. It also could change again in the future.With James White, Julian Edelman Montee Ball Color Rush Jersey , and Josh Gordon all available now, defenses are faced with a “pick your poison” situation. Should they continue focusing on Gronkowski? Or should they try to stop one of the other players that have seen more red zone targets than him? This decision opposing coordinators will have to make could again create more opportunities for the NFL’s best tight end.And of course for James Develin as well.For the sake of completeness, here is the full table of the Patriots’ red zone targets through six weeks: