Browns @ Patriots REPORT CARD

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    One wonders.  What malaise infects the offense in the first half lately?  Is it some sort of mentality they can turn it on when needed or what or is the opposing team more amped up at the start of the game than the Pats?

    Starting with the Carolina game, followed by Denver, Houston then Cleveland, all abysmal starts only to fire it up in the second half.  Could we say the team was fortunate to be playing defenses, outside of Cleveland, that were not exactly strong to allow for such comebacks?  The next game against Miami, the Pats also started slow when they played them in Foxboro, scoring only 3 points in the first half.  After Miami, the Ravens are not the sort of team that would crumble in the second half.  Another slow start, 5 games in a row, is a disease! What's the cure?

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    Its all playcalling IMO. They likely script up the 1st 10 and run them unless something crazy happens. To me they are starting out trying to fool the D to get a big play. Lots of playactions on 1st play of the game this year. Havent seen this many since Bledsoe to Glenn days. The thing is the line needs to get into rythm and backs need to run before they do it . ON most playactions the D line is getting upfield and someone usually misses a block forcing a fast throw. Why not just come out and run and 1st and 2nd, creating a 3rd and 5 or better and let brady start with an easy throw to Danny on 1st down? Let the backs run before you get cute and Please , if Blount  if ripping him off, Keep Feeding him. I dont need to see RIdley just because although he had a nice run late but yea, let brady settle in. Starting the game 3 and out and starting with a 1st down makes a BIG difference and how the offense starts out and moving forward.

     
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    The offense turned it over 3 times. Any offense that turns it over 3 times in a game is an almost sure lock to lose.

    I don't care what happens at the end of a game with tired humans. I care what happens earlier in the game over and over and over with our putrid 45 second drives or turnovers helping the opponent, who plays loose and carefree, gaing confidence as the game goes.

    That's what I care about over 60 minutes of action.

    Keep it up, morons. We lost 2 SBs with why we almost lost to the Bruins. 8 carries total for a lead back in a 3-0 or 6-0 game is a joke.

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    Rusty, REGARDLESS of how slow a start the team may have or the number of turnovers, and I agree TOs play a big part in the outcome of the game, if the team overcomes all of this to be IN THE LEAD late in the game and the D has to hold the fort, if the D doesn't, the blame can't be put on the offense as the sole reason for losses your points seem to make. 

    You are just so steadfast in your position the SBs were lost because of the lack of offense, primarily, and simply ignore the offense got the team into the lead late in both games only to see the D give up 83 and 88 yard winning drives to the Giants leaving the offense with less than a minute in each game.

    You really need to balance your positions and quit placing all blame on Brady and the O.

     
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    You really need to balance your positions and quit placing all blame on Brady and the O.

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    LMAO....good luck with that

     
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    The offense turned it over 3 times. Any offense that turns it over 3 times in a game is an almost sure lock to lose.

    I don't care what happens at the end of a game with tired humans. I care what happens earlier in the game over and over and over with our putrid 45 second drives or turnovers helping the opponent, who plays loose and carefree, gaing confidence as the game goes.

    That's what I care about over 60 minutes of action.

    Keep it up, morons. We lost 2 SBs with why we almost lost to the Bruins. 8 carries total for a lead back in a 3-0 or 6-0 game is a joke.

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    Rusty, REGARDLESS of how slow a start the team may have or the number of turnovers, and I agree TOs play a big part in the outcome of the game, if the team overcomes all of this to be IN THE LEAD late in the game and the D has to hold the fort, if the D doesn't, the blame can't be put on the offense as the sole reason for losses your points seem to make. 

    You are just so steadfast in your position the SBs were lost because of the lack of offense, primarily, and simply ignore the offense got the team into the lead late in both games only to see the D give up 83 and 88 yard winning drives to the Giants leaving the offense with less than a minute in each game.

    You really need to balance your positions and quit placing all blame on Brady and the O.

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    this is 100% correct. the offense doesnt play only 1 half. the offense is averaging over 30 points per game, regardless if they get them in one half or one quarter. that should be enough points to win handily against most of the QB's the Pats are playing. Jason Campbell? Case Keenum? Geno? C'mon, the defense is injuerd...no doubt that is the reason why...but aside from reason, the defense is still playing very poorly

    dont talk to me about SB's from years ago that TB played poorly. we are discussing the past few weeks games, where the offense has been putting up 30 per game, and the defense is allowing the opponents to stay in the game.

     
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    But I wanted to win 100-0

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    You've got a lot of Patsfansince1966 in you.

     
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    Tex, I thought this was a perfect rundown of how Sunday went. Well done. Doesn't look good for this year, but still cannot count us out.

     
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    Tex, I thought this was a perfect rundown of how Sunday went. Well done. Doesn't look good for this year, but still cannot count us out.

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    We aren't done by any means.

     
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    Tex, I thought this was a perfect rundown of how Sunday went. Well done. Doesn't look good for this year, but still cannot count us out.

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    We aren't done by any means.

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    exactly, we have Tom and BB. hopefully he can turn our D back around.

     
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    His report cards never make sense. The Offense and QB were god awful for 3 qtrs while the D was not.

    There are 4 qtrs of football. The D outplayed the offene in this game for more of the game. End of story.  They also got screwed royally with 5 horrendous and incorrect calls. It stated in the 1st qtr on the Hightower strip of Little.

    Here is my report card:

    Offense: D

    Defense: B

    STs: A

    Refs: F

    There is the accurate grading scale.

    To expect a D to shutout any offense in this league for 4 qtrs while our offense fidgets with their respective nuts all game is ridiculous.

    Complementary football. It's how you win consistently.  RIght now, our offense sucks in first halves. Meanwhile, our D has been generally good, minus last week in Houston.

    Brady as awful for 3 qtrs and had a 31.7 QB rating in the first half.

    Go back and look at the offense in the last 5-6 games in first halves, even with Gronk, and compare it to the second half.

    IMO, this started happening with Gronk's return, which almost smells like the gameplans were starting to be around Gronk, which is a binky problem, which is no different than our problems in previous playoffs where teams hone in on where Brady wants to go and they rush 4 and double who they think Brady wants to focus on.

     

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    Got to disagree with you this time Russ.  The Defense was Absolutely Horrible for most of the game.  During the first half they couldn't stop the run and during the second half they couldn't stop the pass.  Overall, on third and long the Defense stunk!  Third and 10, third and 12, third and whatever?  No problem.  Pass rush?  Nope?  The offense Stunk for 3 Quarters and that includes Brady.  Coaching was suspect as well.  Blount runs through the line like butter so they bring in Ridley? 

     

    And this criticism is coming from a so-called Homer.  But after saying all of the above, this team is one of the strangest teams I've seen in recent years.  They can stink yet still win.  Even with all of the terrible injuries on this team, I still remain cautiously optimistic   However, it remains to be seen if they can continue to win the way they've been playing.    So let's see what happens one game at a time beginning with Miami.

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    Couldn't stop the run? Were you drunk by chance? They had multiple stone jobs in short yardage and one was overturned with an incorrect spot with no evidence for it to be overturned.

    Here are Cleveland's RBs:

    McGehee 14 carries, 33 yards.

    Ogbonnaya 4 carries, 8 yards.

    Whittaker 4 carries, 6 yards.

    Did you watch the entire game?

     

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    No I wasn't drunk and you don't have to be a wise A  --   Russ.  In the first half Cleveland was able to run the ball.  Then they didn't have to run  because they could pass at will.  The Defense Stunk for most of the game.  But I guess you are right as usual and the other 495,000 people are wrong.   

     
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    Tex, I thought this was a perfect rundown of how Sunday went. Well done. Doesn't look good for this year, but still cannot count us out.

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          I don't know if the 2013 depleted Pats have what it takes to make it to the SB. The next two road games, @ Miami and @ Baltimore, will speak volumes.  

     

     
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    The offense turned it over 3 times. Any offense that turns it over 3 times in a game is an almost sure lock to lose.

    I don't care what happens at the end of a game with tired humans. I care what happens earlier in the game over and over and over with our putrid 45 second drives or turnovers helping the opponent, who plays loose and carefree, gaing confidence as the game goes.

    That's what I care about over 60 minutes of action.

    Keep it up, morons. We lost 2 SBs with why we almost lost to the Bruins. 8 carries total for a lead back in a 3-0 or 6-0 game is a joke.

     

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    Oh, 60 minutes of action... you mean like in the 2001 SB when the Pats scored 14 points in the second qtr and 6 in the rest of the game?  

     
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    It may be impossible to grade this team except for ST which is always wow

    Byput the dr j and mr h of both O and D

    based on points the D gets an A in the first half 6 pts the O a D----why not an F, they didnt do so bad ithat they absolutely screwed the D

    based on points In the second Half The D-gets a D- 20 pts and the O gets an A+pts 27pts

    So the D gets a c+ and the O gets a c+ 27-26 are middling point performanc

    If the O didn't get both the last 2 tds they would get an F-

    If the D had allowed the winning fg they would get an F

    You have to go with what actually happened and what was actually called

     results matter you have to take into account a win or a loss

    TexPat I agree with some that you were a little hard  on the D and too  good on the O 

    btw vereen has more than taken over for Hern.

     

     
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    The offense turned it over 3 times. Any offense that turns it over 3 times in a game is an almost sure lock to lose.

    I don't care what happens at the end of a game with tired humans. I care what happens earlier in the game over and over and over with our putrid 45 second drives or turnovers helping the opponent, who plays loose and carefree, gaing confidence as the game goes.

    That's what I care about over 60 minutes of action.

    Keep it up, morons. We lost 2 SBs with why we almost lost to the Bruins. 8 carries total for a lead back in a 3-0 or 6-0 game is a joke.

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    Rusty, REGARDLESS of how slow a start the team may have or the number of turnovers, and I agree TOs play a big part in the outcome of the game, if the team overcomes all of this to be IN THE LEAD late in the game and the D has to hold the fort, if the D doesn't, the blame can't be put on the offense as the sole reason for losses your points seem to make. 

    You are just so steadfast in your position the SBs were lost because of the lack of offense, primarily, and simply ignore the offense got the team into the lead late in both games only to see the D give up 83 and 88 yard winning drives to the Giants leaving the offense with less than a minute in each game.

    You really need to balance your positions and quit placing all blame on Brady and the O.

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    ^^^^this. This is what rusty doesn't understand. 

    and after many years of banging my head against a wall, I am convinced russ will never understand. 

     
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    It may be impossible to grade this team except for ST which is always wow

    Byput the dr j and mr h of both O and D

    based on points the D gets an A in the first half 6 pts the O a D----why not an F, they didnt do so bad ithat they absolutely screwed the D

    based on points In the second Half The D-gets a D- 20 pts and the O gets an A+pts 27pts

    So the D gets a c+ and the O gets a c+ 27-26 are middling point performanc

    If the O didn't get both the last 2 tds they would get an F-

    If the D had allowed the winning fg they would get an F

    You have to go with what actually happened and what was actually called

     results matter you have to take into account a win or a loss

    TexPat I agree with some that you were a little hard  on the D and too  good on the O 

    btw vereen has more than taken over for Hern.

     

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    That is exactly my point. They should get equal grades given both were invisible for half s and played well in other halfs. I am with you, give them both C's or C+, but grade them the same. 

    Even ith this logical argument, Russ will still tell us how the d outplayed the o and was the reason we won.

     
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    I am a believer that in the nfl anything can happen. I enjoy reading the report cards and the arguments based on the grades. In my mind Brady gets an A, the final two minutes over rule the rest of the game. Yes he had issues all game but please name me other Qbs you would want in the game at the end. The defense again did just enough to win and to me  that is all that matters. This team has provided me more enjoyment this year and are continuing to surprise me. Hopefully Dobson and thompkins get back soon and we continue on a magical season. Thanks to all who contribute regularly.

     
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    Tex, I thought this was a perfect rundown of how Sunday went. Well done. Doesn't look good for this year, but still cannot count us out.

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          I don't know if the 2013 depleted Pats have what it takes to make it to the SB. The next two road games, @ Miami and @ Baltimore, will speak volumes.  

     

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    Yeah, I'll be paying attention to how well we limit Daniel Thomas and Miller in the run game with Siliga in at DT, if Talib can hang with Mike Wallace, if Charles Clay(talented kid) will abuse our LB's like Cameron did, and if the offense can somehow play better then they have, even though they lost a top 3 red zone threat.

    Baltimore will show us if we are capable of winning a post season game imo. Can we play well enough in a hostile playoff atmosphere where they will be amped up to kick our tails? 

     
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    On the slow start,for the offense the last several weeks....maybe bb needs to change his philosophy and take the ball if we win the coin toss. Get them out there, and get them running a hurry up. 

     
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    "But I wanted to win 100-0"

    You do realize the concept of a report card feature right?

    posting a baby picture underneath a thoughtful review is beyond ridiculous. We could easily have lost that game.

    You don't just get As for winning. Some of us want to see beyond a few corners and imagine how we stack up against the best teams in the league, that ok?

    Pat, thanks for another solid piece of work. I thought Brady got a bit lucky on those PI calls but he definitely did bounce back. 

    However, these slow first halfs are troubling and that has to get nipped in the bud somehow.

     
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    " Russ will still tell us how the d outplayed the o and was the reason we won."

    The D made Cambell look like Johnnny U. Granted given the injuries they played pretty well but we won because of offense and special teams execution. The D gave up as much to Cleveland as they have gotten all year in many categories.

     
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    His report cards never make sense. The Offense and QB were god awful for 3 qtrs while the D was not.

    There are 4 qtrs of football. The D outplayed the offene in this game for more of the game. End of story.  They also got screwed royally with 5 horrendous and incorrect calls. It stated in the 1st qtr on the Hightower strip of Little.

    Here is my report card:

    Offense: D

    Defense: B

    STs: A

    Refs: F

    There is the accurate grading scale.

    To expect a D to shutout any offense in this league for 4 qtrs while our offense fidgets with their respective nuts all game is ridiculous.

    Complementary football. It's how you win consistently.  RIght now, our offense sucks in first halves. Meanwhile, our D has been generally good, minus last week in Houston.

    Brady as awful for 3 qtrs and had a 31.7 QB rating in the first half.

    Go back and look at the offense in the last 5-6 games in first halves, even with Gronk, and compare it to the second half.

    IMO, this started happening with Gronk's return, which almost smells like the gameplans were starting to be around Gronk, which is a binky problem, which is no different than our problems in previous playoffs where teams hone in on where Brady wants to go and they rush 4 and double who they think Brady wants to focus on.

     

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    It's all so confusing.  Sometimes you only want to count the first half, sometimes, it's the second half.  Campbell had a rating of 116 for the game.  Sorry, I don't have the irrelevant half breakdown, but I know he threw for 3 TDs and no picks.  Isn't he like a third string QB playing against "arguably the best defense in the AFC"?

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    No, it's not confusing. I want our offense to not look like a Pop Warner team in first halves, so our D isn't on the field so much.

    When your D is on the field a lot with no help from the offense, ya know, it kinda takes its toll on those humans in the second half.  This isn't hard, moron.

    Throw in the refs helping Cleveland keep the ball or gifting them TDs outright with Off PI or making up PI on Talib with feet intanglement plays, and you cannot discount these factors as to how Campbell got more chances to keep drives going.

    Either Texas Pat and his band of idiots watched this game or you didn't. Looking at a statline whe it's all said and done means you're a moron.

    It's the whys and hows that matter, not just the data.

    Jerome Booger's crew was atrocious and 4 horrendous calls affected our D directly. End of story.

     

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    I know, right.  The refs threw like twice as many flags on the Pats than on the Browns.  Ridiculous!  What?  More flags on Cleveland?  Oh, nevermind.

    So, when Cleveland opened up the game with a 6 minute, 50 yard scoring drive, that was because of Brady and the offense?  And the reason why the Pats gave up 21 second half points including a 73 yard TD drive on Cleveland first possession in the 3rd qtr was because the Pats D was on the field for 18 minutes in the first half?  Sounds like a bit of a conditioning/sucking issue.

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    No, it's because Hightower stripped Little, so the supposed " 6 minute" drive (oh the horror!), was not really 6 minutes.

    The 73 yard drive for Cleveland to start the 3rd qtr featured Gordon pushing down Talib with the ball in the air, which is obviously Off PI.

    We all saw it. So, you lose there, too.

    BAd officiating contributing negatively to statlines for our D is not going to work.  I know what happened. Anyone with a brain knows that is blatant Off PI. It's why Cameron ran free.

    You think by misrepresenting what literally hapepned by framing it as a "73 yard drive", will fool people, but it won''t fool those who are shocked such egregious offensive PI on the 40 yard TD was not called.

    You can't tackle a defender as a block when the ball is in the air, moron. It's called Off PI.

    Absolutely not debatable.   

     

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    Your such a puzz sak. The defenses was Sheet.

    go troll somewhere else. 

     
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         In my younger days in New England, it was a family tradition that on Sunday, we all would gather for a huge meal. I have continued that tradition in Texas. But, after watching the first half of the Browns game Sunday, I had lost my appetitie. Then, after seeing Gronk suffer that devastating knee injury and get carted off, I became queasy. Though the Patriots would miraculously bounce back from playing terribly throughout the game, and win with two TDs in the final 61 seconds of play, it was little consolation. Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: Absolutely pathetic, until the final quarter of play. This unit sleep-walked throughout the first half, and was shut out. In the third quarter, after the Gronk injury and subsequent Brady strip sack, the "O' appeared to slowly come to the realization that they were playing a football game. Finally, in the frantic fourth quarter, they managed to steal a victory at the end. Given this unit's performance for the first 40 minutes or so of play, that hardly seems fair.

    1.) QB: As was the case with the entire offensive unit, Tom Brady was terrible in the first quarter, in which he completed just one (1) of six (6) passes for five (5) yards, and threw an interception. Over the first 15 minutes, the Patriots "held" the ball for just 2:02, during which the "O" ran seven (7) plays, netting 17 total yards. Tom's second quarter was only slightly better, as he completed six (6) passes in 12 attempts for 90 yards, and allowed himself to take a sack which knocked his club out of FG range. In the third quarter, Tom started hot, completing three (3) of his first four (4) passes for 55 yards. But then came the Gronk injury, followed immediately by a Brady strip-sack fumble. The Browns would convert the turnover into a FG, as they did with his ealier interception. They went on to build a 19-3, lead with 1:25 left to play in the quarter.  From that point on, Brady was immense, completing 17 of 22 passes for 208 yards and two TDs...plus a couple of huge PI penalties to spare. Leading his team for two TDs in the final 61 seconds is legendary stuff. Still, there was that awful start: GRADE: B+;

    2.) RBs: When an OL is not opening up running lanes, a RB is almost always not going to garner impressive stats. Still, LeGarrette Blount did okay with 42 yards on eight (8) carries, while Stevan Ridley chipped in with 35 yards on eight (8) carries. Though Shane Vereen did little damage on the ground (nine (9) yards on three (3) carries), he was superb in the passing game. Vereen was targeted 17 times, and finished with a game high 12 receptions for 153 yards. FB James Develin also contributed in the passing game with a nice over the shoulder catch and run down the right sideline, for 31 yards: GRADE: B+;

    3.) OL: This group must get better, fast. They allowed their 36 year old QB to be under constant pressure, especially in the first half. Running lanes for the RBs was a rare occurrence. Folks, these guys didn't show up until the 4th quarter. With Gronk out for the season, Tom Brady is going to have to rely more heavily on his running game, and be afforded the time to burn defenses deep, to keep them honest. The middle of the line in particular needs to step up: GRADE: C-;

    4.) TEs and WRs: A sad ending for Gronk, who had just two catches for 16 yards, before being low-balled by Cleveland safety T. J. Ward. Though the hit was technically legal, it appeared to be a bit of a cheap shot. Still, Ward is 5'10" and around 200 lbs.. Under the current NFL rules, how else is he going to cut down a 6'6", 265 lb. truck coming towards him? As for the WRs, Julian Edelman again led the way with six catches for 64 yards, and a TD, maintaining the two (2) yard TD catch despite taking a tough head shot from Cleveland DB, Jordan Poyer. Josh Boyce had his most extensive action of the season and showed some explosiveness, finishing with three (3) catches for 49 yards. Boyce also drew the controversial PI penalty in the endzone, with the 29 yard penalty setting up the Pats' game winning TD.  With Gronk gone, the Pats must now get more production out of Danny Amendola, who finished with four (4) catches for 36 yards: GRADE: C;

    II. DEFENSE: This unit was the reverse of the offense. The "D" was outstanding in the first half, as it held the Browns to just six (6) points...keeping the Pats in the game. But, in the second half, the "D" made Jason Campbell appear to be the second coming of John Elway.

    1.) DL: Though the shock troopers in the trenches pretty much took away what little there was of the Cleveland running game, they were able to get absolutely no pressure on Browns' QB Jason Campbell throughout the game. Rob Ninkovich was the best of a poor pass rushing lot, registering the lone Patriots' sack, and finished with seven (7) tackles, including five (5) solos. DE Chandler Jones was no where to be found, and the Pats' DTs got zero pressure up the middle: GRADE: D+;

    2.) LBs: Dont'a Hightower played one of his better games in terms of making tackles, finishing with a team high 11, seven (7) of which were solos. Hightower appeared to force a fumble after blowing up a RB on a swing pass...but was robbed onhis turnover forcing play due to a quick whistle by the zebras. But Hightower was badly beaten by Browns reserve TE Gary Barnage for a 40 yard TD catch and run. Though Jamie Collins was active (eight (8) tackles, four (4) solos), he and the Pats' secondary had a ton of trouble keeping up with starting Cleveland TE Jordan Cameron, who finished the day with nine (9) catches for 121 yards, and a TD. The Cleveland RBs also hurt the Patriots on pass receptions coming out of the backfield, finishing with a combined 6 receptions for 74 yards. Allowing QB Jason Campbell to scramble for 21 yards on a 2nd and 8 late in the first quarter was inexcusable: GRADE: D;

    3.) SECONDARY: Aqib Talib and company, save for an 80 yard catch and run, did a decent job of containing Cleveland stud WR Josh Morgan, who finished with seven (7) receptions for 151 yards. Yards after catch was an issue all afternoon...as it was with this 80 yard play, and the above mentioned Gary Barnage 40 yard TD play. No Pats' DB distinguished himself in this performance, as the secondary was torched by Cleveland QB Jason Campbell. For the day, Campbell completed 29 of 44 for 391 yards, three (3) TDs, and no picks. What was particularly infuriating was, after the Pats had gone ahead, 27-26, the "D" nearly allowed Campbell to pull the game out for Cleveland. Needing a FG to win, Campbell had 31 seconds to work with, and no time outs. Beginning from his own 20 yard line, he was able to complete two straight passes for a combined 27 yards. On each of these completions, the secondary allowed the Cleveland receivers to get out of bounds. Campbell would manuever the Browns into long FG range, from 56 yards out. But fortunately, Cleveland kicker Billy Condiff's attempt fell about five yards short: GRADE: D;  

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: The season long outstanding play of this unit continued yesterday, as Stephen Ghostkowski hit two more FGs, including a 50 yarder...and executed a successful onside kick in the final minute of play, giving Tom Brady the chance he needed to win the game. Ryan Allen continues to make BB's decision to release punter Zoltan Mesko appear to be a stroke of genious, with a solid punting performance. Neither team did damage in the return game: GRADE: A-;

    IV. COACHING: Over their last four games, the Patriots have been outscored 57-10 in the first half. To quote the late, great Vince Lombardi, "What the hell is going on out there!!" This first half futility is past the point now of being ridiculous, and must be dealt with! These slow starts appear to be a combination of injuries catching up with the team, a less talented overall group of skilled players than the Pats have had since 2007, weak OL play, and poor focus.  Especially without Gronk, this team has little margin for error, and must play at it's best for 60 minutes. The Gronk injury was awful, and, though legal, was a bit of a cheap shot. In baseball, if an pitcher throws at an opposing star player to intimidate, you can bet that retaliation will be swift and forthcoming. The Pats' can't allow their receivers to be physically abused the way they were by the Browns' secondary. Perhaps it's time for the Patriots' DBs to start hitting opposing star WRs like Josh Morgan and the like low as well, as a method of intimidation. The head shot is gone...so let's start sending messages to opposing teams that if they hit out receivers low, retaliation will be swift and sure. God knows what Roger Goodell and the NFL Rules Committee will do next. But, rest assured, the game as we now know it is coming to an end. The current rules, especially on PI and illiegal hits, are far too broad, giving the referrees far too much  discretion, and the ability to decide the outcome of games. Getting off my soap box now, credit BB and Josh McDaniels for exploiting the Shane Vereen mismatch to the hilt...and for finally getting rookie Josh Boyce involved in the offense. As for the defense, something needs to be done to improve the pass rush.  Though it's frustrating seeing the Patriots struggle, we must keep in mind the long list of players that the Pats have lost this season: Aaron Hernadez, Wes Welker, Gronk, Sebastien Vollmer, Vince Wilfolk, Tommy Kelly, Jerod Mayo, Alfonzo Dennard. Despite it all, credit BB for continuing to find ways to get it done: GRADE: B-;

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME: The on-side kick recovery turned the tide;

    V. PLAYER OF THE GAME: bowl caliber year, nailing a 50 yard FG in the cold, and flawlessly executing the aforementioned onside kick.  

         Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=331208017.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome. Have a great day!                                   

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    Great stuff buddy. Thanks for the time you put into this. It's appreciated.

    For the most part i agree...coaching a C/c minus maybe. 

     
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