From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 6
This was a game of momentum changes. The Patriots seemed to have it in the first half and the Saints had it for most of the second half until the final drive that cost them the game.
Tom Brady appeared much sharper this week than last week with the exception of the interception he threw in the 4th quarter with time running out. This must have had the coaches and most fans saying the same thing, “what on earth was that?” A terribly underthrown ball to a short receiver who was double covered. Otherwise Brady was solid, and the final drive was vintage Tom at his best. The ground game was solid – especially in the first half. It was good to see them not abandon it in the second half. The young receivers made some outstanding plays, and had some ugly drops.
Brilliant. This unit again was outstanding in shutting down not one, but two of the Saints weapons in Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. They did this without Aqib Talib in the latter half of the third and all of the fourth quarters. Credit the defense with giving the offense another shot to win the game at the end.
Solid play again. Gostkowski was perfect, and the punting has been solid.
One worry right now is about the injuries that are starting to pile up to key contributors.
Rob Gronkowski (no games played yet)
Shane Vereen (out until possibly week 10-12)
Vince Wilfork (done for the year)
Tommy Kelly (out this week)
Aqib Talib (missed most of the 2nd half)
Jerod Mayo (missed the 4th quarter)
Danny Amendola (concussion?)
Without a doubt they will not accept excuses, but rather expect the next player in line to go in, do their job, and execute the game plan.
Up next are the NY Jets in NY and the other Ryan brother who guaranteed a win if the crowd is as noisy as they were in 2009. Let’s hope this is not another game that they take lightly.