The New England Patriots are sitting pretty at 6-1, but there’s been one prevailing question that doesn’t involve Tom Brady: What is wrong with Stephen Gostkowski?
For years, Gostkowski has been the model of consistency for a franchise that takes pride in the “Do your job” slogan. But, Gostkowski has struggled mightily this season by his standards. He’s missed three of his 12 field goal attempts and hooked his second point-after try of the season during Sunday’s 27-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The missed extra point didn’t have an outcome in the game, but Gostkowski still felt sick about his performance.
“I don’t really talk about reasons why I make or miss a kick,” Gostkowski said after the game, according to CSN New England’s Phil Perry. “No one knows, nor cares to understand. I stink right now. That’s just the bottom line. It’d be nice to be able to enjoy these wins a little more with the team. But it’s not about me. The team’s played great. Luckily the team keeps picking me up, I guess.”
Fortunately, Gostkowski’s miscues haven’t hurt the Patriots yet. That’s because that guy Tom Brady is back, as is star tight end Rob Gronkowski. The tandem connected for a touchdown on Sunday and prompted Gostkowski’s missed PAT.
It didn’t harm New England, however, in a game filled with Patriots mistakes. At this point, it’s tough to figure out what would break New England as Tom Brady’s revenge tour forges ahead.