From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 13
Nothing looked great in the first half. Tom Brady did look very good the third and fourth quarters. Stevan Ridley got to hold a football on the sidelines in sweats presumably due to his fumblitis. Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon Bolden looked decent in his place. This team needs Ridley to find a way to keep the ball in his mitts going forward. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were stellar once again.
The defense seems to have developed a serious problem in stopping the run. I think Ben Tate is a very good back and would love to have him on my team, but there were times he was untouched – or only arm tackled. You can’t allow a guy playing with broken ribs to burn you like that. The defense did however make enough plays to help escape Houston with a win.
Though he missed a FG from 55 yards, Stephen Gostkowski is having a great year. Josh Boyce had a 41 yard kick return to set-up great field position.
This team has to play better in the first half going forward or risk not being able to come back. Regarding Anthony Smiths insinuations regarding scouting/spying… You’re better than that sir, now you look like a sore sport.
The road ahead
The Cleveland Browns come to town this week after losing a close one at home to the Jaguars. Let’s hope there’s a solid 60 minute effort for this one.