Through the season's first two weeks, the Patriots offense relied heavily on the production of tight end Aaron Hernandez, and he responded in kind. However, a knee injury suffered in a Week 2 win over San Diego has Hernandez's status in the coming weeks up in the air.
When he was declared out for Sunday's game in Buffalo, it was assumed that wide receiver Chad Ochocinco would be called upon to carry more of the load on the offensive side of the ball. Many thought that it may be time for Ochocinco to finally break out after what has been a fairly disappointing New England tenure thus far.
Instead, Ochocinco was once again a non-factor for the Patriots in their 34-31 loss to the Bills on Sunday. The wideout had just two catches for 29 yards.
His most egregious error, however, came in the fourth quarter with the Pats down by a touchdown. Quarterback Tom Brady hit Ochocinco in the hands for what would have been a touchdown down the right sideline, but the veteran receiver dropped the pass.
If Ochocinco's troubles are to continue, and by all accounts he's doing all he can to make sure they don't, the Pats may have to make a decision about the veteran wideout going forward. However, this is always the chance that Ochocinco is able to bounce back and rediscover at least some of the talent and playmaking abilities that made him such a threat earlier in his career.