Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

         For the second straight game...WOW!! The Patriots continue to shock and amaze, not so much by winning, but in the way that they are winning. Since the debacle In Cleveland, the Pats have won the five straight games...four of them in blow-outs. Since the 3rd quarter of the Lions' game, the Pats have out-scored their opposition, 109-10!!

         Though the 2010 Chicago Bears are not to be confused with the "85 Bears, they are a pretty good football team. Going into todays' game, they sported a 9-3 record, and, statistically, one of the NFL's best defenses. Yet in conditions that would make Peyton Manning cringe, Tom Brady and the Pats annihilated them. 

         With this win, the Pats clinched a playoff birth. It placed them two games ahead of the hated Jets, who lost at home to the Dolphins. With three games to play, the Pats also own a game and a half (Pats win tie-breaker based on head to head match-up) over the Steelers for the best record in the AFC.

         Other than a rib injury suffered by Devin McCourty, and what appears to be a concussion suffered by Ron Brace...it's all good. Here are my grades:

         A.) OFFENSE:
    Neither rain, or snow, or sleet, will divert Tom Brady and his offense from the end zone:

    1.) QB: Though Tom Brady was fortunate not to be intercepted on three errant first half passes, he otherwise picked apart one of the better defenses in the game...in weather conditions best suited for bob-sled racing. The Terrific One put up dome passing numbers,  completing 27 of 40 passes for 369 yards, two (2) TDs, and, as usual, no picks. What's amazing is how he makes it look so easy, matriculating the ball down the field. Tom caught the Bears hibernating on the final play of the first half, as he hooked up on a beautiful 59 yard completion down the left sideline, to Deion Branch. The play was an exclamation point to a 26 point second quarter, which put this game out of reach:
    GRADE: A;

    2.) RBs: Brady had so much success throwing to his WRs and TE Rob Gronkowski, that the RBs were an after thought. Nonetheless, BJGE carved out a workman like 87 yards on 21 carries...while Danny Woodhead chipped in with 21 yards on 7 carries, and a TD:
    GRADE: B;

    3.) OL: Dominant performance from the "Big Uglies" again...as they saw to it that Brady had ample time to work his magic. The group did allow three (3) sacks, but none were of any particular consequence. The group also snow-plowed forward when needed on runs. For the most part, the line contained star DE, Julius Peppers:
    GRADE: A-;   

    4.) TEs and WRs: Rob Gronkowski continues to blossom into very good all purpose TE. He and Alge Crumpler blocked well...and Gronk contributed five (5) receptions for 43 yards, and a TD. He has become a go to receiver in the red zone. The Pats' WRs seemed to be open on every pass play. Deion Branch was immense, finishing with eight (8) catches for 151 yards, and a TD. Branch badly beat Bears' CB Charles Tillman on the aforementioned 59 yard hook-up with Brady, at the close of the first half. Wes Welker was lethal as well, contributing eight (8) receptions for 115 yards. Brandon Tate chipped in with two (2) catches for 40 yards more, in a dominant performance by this group:
    GRADE: A+;


         B.)
    Great job by this unit, in holding the Bears to a garbage time TD. Of course, it helps when the "D" is only on the field for one-third of a 60 minute game. The only bad news are the aforementioned injuries suffered by Devin McCourty and Ron Brace: 

    1.) DL: Dominated the Bears' suspect OL...and made it easy for the LBs and secondary to clean up on running plays. DEs Gerard Warren and Eric Moore each contributed a sack. Moore in particular was outstanding, contributing four (4) tackles (all solos) and a sack, in his first game as a Patriot:
    GRADE: A-;

    2.) LBs: Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich, and Gary Guyton were extremely active, contributing a combined ten (10) tackles, including nine (9) solos. Mayo recovered a fumble at the Bears' nine, setting up a FG. Guyton scooped up a Johnny Knox fumble and raced 35 yards for a TD...giving the Patriots a seeming insurmountable 21-0 second quarter lead. Guyton also intercepted a Jay Cutler pass. Though Tully Banta-Cain had only a QB hit on the stat sheet, he was a going concern as an outside pass-rusher:
    GRADE: A-;

    3.) SECONDARY: Aside from giving up a first down on a 3rd and 18 early in the game, and a garbage time TD late in the third quarter, this unit was on it's gameagain. Devin McCourty stripped Bears' WR Johnny Knox, which caused the above mentioned fumble, returned for a TD by Gary Guyton. But, McCourty leaving the game in the second quarter with a rib injury is a major concern. CB Kyle Arrington continues to show improvement, and tied with Patrick Chung for the team lead today in tackles with six (6), all solos. Of Chung's six (6) tackles, four (4) were solos. Brandon Meriweather intercepted Jay Cutler in the end zone, thwarting a Bears' drive. In all, this ever improving unit held Cutler to just twelve (12) completions in 26 attempts, for a paltry 152 yards. Let's hold our collective breaths on McCourty. The Pats can ill afford to lose him for any length of time:
    GRADE: A;


         C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:
    The coverage on kick-offs left much to be desired. Save for one muffed return by returner Ron Davis, the Pats allowed a combined 198 yards in six (6) returns, to Danieal Manning and Devin Hester. That's an unacceptable average of 36 yards per return. The coverage was also poor on the lone Patriots' punt, as Hester brought it back 17 yards. On the other hand, the Julian Edelman was lethal returning punts...taking one back 42 yards to set up a FG, and having a 71 yard return nullified by a holding penalty (Dane Fletcher on the hold). Shayne Graham was perfect on three (3) short FG attempts in awful weather conditions. But, he also missed an extra point, for the second time this season:
    GRADE: B-;


         D.) COACHING:
    Yet another masterful job by BB and his staff, on a short week. Great job of keeping the team focused after the annihilation of the Jets...and in preparing the team to handle the horrid weather conditions. Credit Tom Brady for catching the Bears knapping on the last play of the half...as the coaches were calling for him to take a knee.Great job of containing the Bears' top weapons, RB Matt Forte (9 carries for 25 yards/2 receptions for 36 yards) , and TE Greg Olsen (one catch for 6 yards). Incredible that, in these horrid weather conditions, the Pats did not commit a single turnover. It's truly amazing what BB is accomplishing with his young team:
    GRADE: A+;


         E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:
    The McCourty strip of Bears' WR Johnny Knox, causing a fumble...which was scooped up by LB Gary Guyton, and returned 35 yards for a TD...giving the Pats a 21-0 lead.

       
         F.) PLAYER OF THE GAME:
    Initially, I chose Deion Branch. With 8 catches for 151 yards and a TD, he seemed to be deserving. But, the more I thought about it, how can anyone overlook what Tom Brady did in those awful, windy conditions.  

         Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=301212003

         Thoughts?                  
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]I can't get down on Special teams Coverage units in this type of weather you expect to give up more yards then normal. I will give Special teams a solid B+, Offense an A with A+ to WR's and TE's. Defense gets a Solid A with the DB's getting an A+ and the DLine getting B+. Too tired to break this one down further... I finally feel like going to bed.
    Posted by DaBlade[/QUOTE]

         Blade...weather conditions or no, allowing an average of 36 yards per kickoff return is not getting it done. Nor is missing an extra point...or committing a holding penalty, which negated a 71 yard punt return.
     
         Of course, when the team wins 36-7, it doesn't appear to be a big deal. But, I'm sure BB will address these things when he and the team watches the game film. 
     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]I think I'd give straight A's across the defense. They destroyed that Bears offense. The only score came off of a bad special teams play and a missed tackle from Page that let the Bears get to the 2 where they almost got held out of the end zone. Heck, they caused 4 turnovers and created their own touchdown. It was an impressive performance. Coming in, the Bears were supposed to have the defense that the Pats showed.
     
    RESPONSE: Did you see where Bears' DT Tommie Harris is using the field conditions as an excuse...although he claimed it wasn't an excuse?:


         "Bears DT www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2776" class="nameLink">Tommie Harris said the slippery field was a factor: “If you’re a fast defense, you play better on turf or a fast surface. With their defense, it’s a 3-4 where guys stand up, stand around. Really, traction, coming off the ball is not a problem for them. But that is no excuse. They just beat us.”


    I may also give a higher rating for the RBs. They made some of the key plays in those long first half drives that really took the Bears out of the game. Also, Julian Edelman, Gronk, and Crumpler all at times were the lead blocker in the first half, opening up some of Green-Ellis's big games by getting on Briggs or Urlacher.

    RESPONSE I credited Gronk and Crumpler for their blocking in the TEs & WRs section.
    Posted by KyleCleric2[/QUOTE]
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]Until he was hurt, McCourty was just spectacular!
    Posted by MaineJack[/QUOTE]

         Amen, brother.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from PatFanInBA2. Show PatFanInBA2's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    Wow - awesome game.

    Good grades - the special teams' coverage was the only non-positive in this game.

    BTW, who the heck is Moore? He joins us 1 week earlier and has such an impact ??

    Hopefully, another Woodhead?

     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]My only issue was that our offense seemed to stutter at the end of drives in the 2nd half. There were costly penalties and the weather surely had an affect on the game, but drives seemed to move down field perfectly fine only to stumble. Now I am not saying this is an ongoing problem, but our offense at time scores bunches of points in one half and then few in the other. It has been enough for the W, but I know that TB wants to finish those drives off and this team will have to do that in all 4 quarter when we get to the playoffs.
     
    RESPONSE:  True...but when you're up 33-0 at the half, it's hard to maintain that same intensity as when the game is actually on the line. The focus for the offense becomes killing the clock and protecting the ball, more than scoring.

    But I like our defense today, more big INT's and we pressured the QB well. The coaches really had this team prepared for the  the Bears and the weather. I am sure the Pats will tear apart another NFC north team next week at home. The Pats don't care if they are the underdogs or the favorites, they just prepare to play and leave their talk on the field. This team is getting better as the weeks go by and its been a season that I hope continues to prove everyone wrong. The Pats are back to dominate!

    RESPONSE: BB is doing an incredible job with his young "D". 
    Posted by freediro[/QUOTE]
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]Wow - awesome game. Good grades - the special teams' coverage was the only non-positive in this game. BTW, who the heck is Moore? He joins us 1 week earlier and has such an impact ?? Hopefully, another Woodhead?
    Posted by PatFanInBA2[/QUOTE]

         Here's some information on Eric Moore, who the Patriots signed just a week ago:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Moore_(American_football)
     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

         Here's a report card on the Bears' performance: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101212/sports/712139885/
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from Muzwell. Show Muzwell's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    All we heard from the Bears (and others...) was that the worse the weather conditions, the better for them, as if New England played its home games in Hawaii or something. Then after the game, the Bears (and others) are saying that if the conditions were better, the outcome might have been different. This seems to be the year of excuses for everybody that gets their butts kicked by the Pats. At least they're not crying about injuries.  
     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from Muzwell. Show Muzwell's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    One vote for play of the game to that sidewinding field goal by Graham. Seemed to hook about 20 yards. Not sure I've seen a kick quite like that before (at least one that was good).

     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from TexasPat3. Show TexasPat3's posts

    Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD

    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bears REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]All we heard from the Bears (and others...) was that the worse the weather conditions, the better for them, as if New England played its home games in Hawaii or something. The after the game, the Bears (and others) are saying that if the conditions were better, the outcome might have been different. This seems to be the year of excuses for everybody that gets their butts kicked by the Pats. At least they're not crying about injuries.  
    Posted by Muzwell[/QUOTE]

         True:

    Bears DT www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2776" class="nameLink">Tommie Harris said the slippery field was a factor: “If you’re a fast defense, you play better on turf or a fast surface. With their defense, it’s a 3-4 where guys stand up, stand around. Really, traction, coming off the ball is not a problem for them. But that is no excuse. They just beat us.”


     

Share