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         This 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was hard to watch, but even harder to swallow. This was an important conference game, which may have playoff implications down the road. It was so frustrating to see the game there for the taking, only to see the Patriots' offense do a first rate immitation of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts' offense, as run by QB Curtis Painter. It's a shame that the offense could not pull it's wieght in support of a fine overall defensive effort by the Pats' "D". Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: The entire offensive unit should, in good conscious, not accept their checks for this week, as they completely failed to show up for todays' game. The "O" could only keep the ball for 25:30 over the entire 60 minute game. Tom Brady ran 59 plays, gaining a putrid 248 total yards.  

    1.) QB: In one of the worst performances of his career, Tom Brady completed just 18 of 37 passes for 197 yards, and no TDs...snapping a 52 game steak in which Brady had thrown at least one TD pass per game. What's worse was that the Pats' averaged a mere 5.3 yards per completion, and were able to convert only one (1) out of twelve (12) third down attempts. It was clear throughout the game that Brady was not on the same page with his receivers. Though Tom faced some heavy pressure at times from the Cincy front seven, even when given ample time to throw, his passes were underthrown, overthrown, or thrown behind his receivers, throughout the game. There was one play in the 4th quarter in which Brady missed a wide open Aaron Dobson on a deep post, when Brady evidently thought that Dobson would be running toward the pi-line. Nor was he helped by the play calling, which seemed disfunctional and disjointed, particularly after the awful LeGarrette Blount fumble at the Cincinnati 25 yardline, just when the Patriots appeared to be on the verge of taking control of the game. Tom appeared frustrated, rattled, and indecisive, especially in the second half. Folks, take away the 53 yard play from Brady to Aaron Dobson late in the 4th quarter, and Tom's stats were 17 completions in 36 attempts, for 144 yards. Ouch: GRADE: F;

    2.) RBs: Injuries to Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden (playing on a gimpy knee) certainly didn't help the cause. But, the way Legarrett Blount was running early, it didn't seem to matter. Bringing back memories of the Corey Dillion years, Blount ran hard, and ran tough. On several occasions, though he was hit behind the line, he still managed to generate a few hard earned yards. But, then came the second quarter strip by Bengals' DE Carlos Dunlap, after Blount have broken loose on a 7 yard run, at the Cincinnati 25 yard line. Thereafter, the Pats' running game was never heard from again...as some disjointed play calling and a disfunctional passing attack led to a pitiful six (6) points over the remainder of the game. Blount fionished with 12 carries for 51 yards. But, after the fumble, he was benched, and thereafter used sparingly. Brandon Bolden, bad knee and all, finished with 5 carries for 24 yards. Bolden did well as a receiver coming out of the backfield, with six (6) catches for 40 yards. But oh...that Blount fumble: GRADE: D+;

    3.) OL: The Big Uglies faced a tough task this week, in the rugged Cincinnati front seven. Unfortunately, they weren't up to the task. But, after a slow start, they appeared to be taking charge of the game, with RB Blount eeking out some hard earned, smash-mouth yards. But, after the above mentioned Blount fumble, they were never the same, as Josh McDaniels appeared to abandon the running game. This group allowed too many hits on Tom Brady, which led his showing of happy feet, and skittishness in the pocket: GRADE: C-;  

    WRs and TEs: The Hooman was able to get open on occasion, and did haul in a 2 yard pass today. There was a play where Brady threw a terrible pass behind him, almost resulting in an interception on a tipped ball. The Hooman also failed to get out to block on a flanker screen to Aaron Dobson, which resulted in a four (4) yard loss, leading to a 3rd and 14 in the second quarter, rather than, say, a 3rd and two. As for the WRs, it was another tale of woe, similar to what we saw against the Jets in Foxborough. Whenever they got open, Brady could not adequately deliver the ball. There was at least one Danny Amendola drop, as the returning Wes Welker wanna-be wasn't today, finishing with 4 catches for 55 yards. After a big game last Sunday night in Atlanta, Kembrel Thompkins returned to his rookie ways, and did not appear to get open. Targeted only four (4) times, he had three (3) catches for a mere 16 yards. Ditto Julian Edelman, who, though targeted seven (7) times, had just two (2) catches for 35 yards. Aaron Dobson contributed two (2) catches for 49 yards...one for the above mentioned loss when the Hooman failed to get a block, and one the 53 yard catch and run...the teams' lone big play on an otherwise very bleak afternoon...and Dobson nearly marred that play by fumbling it away: GRADE: F;

    II. DEFENSE: Though the "D" obviously tired during the final quarter, they kept the Pats in the game, holding the Bengals to just 13 points...which should have been good enough to win.

    1. DL: Playing their first entire game without Vince Wilfolk anchoring the middle, the DL had some trouble stopping the run, as BJGE and rookie Giavanni Bernard combined for 129 yards on 32 carries. But, the majority of that came later in the game, when the ineptitude of the Pats' "O" had forced the "D" to play for over 34 minutes. QB Andy Dalton also hurt the Pats by picking up some key first downs with his scrambling, as he gained 25 yards on 5 attempts. Though chances of getting to Dalton were diminished by the Bengals limiting him to throwing slants and check-downs throughout the game, The Jones boys were able to get to him on a couple of occasions...as the DL registered 2.5 sacks. GRADE: B;

    2.) LBs: Great all-around game by Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes. This pair accounted for 23 tackles, including 14 solos. Spikes had with two tackles for loss among his thunderous hits, along with a drive killing red zone interception, in the first quarter. Dont'a Hightower appeared to be slowed by a gimpy knee, as he had a quiet game: GRADE: B+;

    3.) SECONDARY: Another fine game by Aqib Talib, who, for the most part, contained Cincinnati stud receiver, A. J. Green. Green was targeted eight (8) times, and had five (5) catches for 61 yards. But, Green did beat Talib on a 3rd and 3 from the New England 23...gaining 17 yards, for a first and goal at the Patriots' six (6) yard line. The Cincinnati TEs, Jermaine Greshan and Tyler Eifert were targets 11 times, but were held to nine combined catches, for 77 yards. But, late in the 3rd quarter, with the Bengals facing a 3rd a 15 from their own two (2) yard line, leading just 6-3, the Pats gave up a 28 yard completion to WR Marvin Jones, giving them a first down on their own 30 yard line. That was the key play on what would be a 14 play, 93 yard TD drive, that took up nearly eight (8) minutes...and gave the the Bengals a 10 point lead, midway through the final quarter. It appeared that Kyle Arrington failed to nail down the coverage on that huge play. Still, when a defense holds any NFL offense to less than 14 points, it's usually cause for celebration: GRADE: B-;

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Another solid performance by The Ghost, who was two for two in FG, including a 42 yarder to close the half. Unfortunately, he was the Patriot's only offense today. Good job of punting today by rookie Ryan Allen, with several punts placed inside the Cincinnati 15 yard line. Another good job of returning punts by Julian Edelman. His 24 yard return put the Patriots in prime position to score, from the Cincy 45, early in the 3rd quarter. But, unfortunately, Brady and his offense could not do anything with that great field position. The kick coverage was adequate: GRADE: B+;    

    IV. COACHING: Lots of soul searching and butt kicking needs to be done by BB and his staff after this stinker. Thankfully, there's a long way to go before playoff time in January. But, based on what we saw this afternoon, can this team even win it's division? There's simply no excuse for the seemingly complete lack of communication between Tom Brady and his young receivers. The game plan was unimaginative. I can't understand why the Patriots chose to give up on the run the way they did. True, fumbles are inexcusable. But when your down to one healthy RB, was it really wise to punish him by pulling him? Much of the Pats' passing attack is predicated on timing. Credit the Bengals for doing a good job of jamming the Pats' receivers inside of 5 yards, and credit their LBs for doing a good job in patroling the short stuff over the middle. Their  defensive game plan of pressuring Tom Brady and taking away the short stuff, thus forcing him to throw deep, worked. The best answer would seemingly have been to continue to pound the ball, and mix it up with deep play action throws. But, when tried, for whatever reason, Brady couldn't convert. Can't complain about the "D", though that 28 yard completion on a 3rd and 15 from the Cincy two (2) yard line in the fourth quarter was a killer. You best believe that ball security will be a hot topic in Foxborough on Monday. Next week, one has to wonder how this pop-gun Patriots' offense is going to keep pace with Drew Brees?: GRADE: D;   

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME: The strip of LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter blounted a Patriots' scoring drive at the Cincinnati 25 yard line...just as the Patriots appeared to be taking control of the game.    

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Cincinnati DE Carlos Dunlap was a pain in the Patriots' proverbial neck all game long...and made the aforementioned strip of Blount, which changed the momentum of the game. I wonder how BB feels now about his decision to select Florida DE Jermaine Cunningham in the 2010 draft over the other, more heralded Florida DE, Dunlap? Poor drafts, and poor draft selections do come back to haunt a team.

         Here are the putrid game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=331006004.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome.

         

     

      

     

     
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    Colts won.  Did you pick them?

     
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    "Bolden did well as a receiver coming out of the backfield".

    Really?   The drop of the screen that would have gone for miles was inexcusable.

     
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    D - A

    Coaching - expelled

    O - incomplete due to HORRENDOUS play calling and ZERO fking balance. 38 throws in a driving rainstorm, what an idiot. Would've been 42 without those 4 sacks. 

     
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    There will be better days. It could be worse. Matt Schaub could be our QB.

     
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    Harsh grades and well earned.  Can't argue with any of it.

     
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    the one thing that has to end is the Fumble Doghouse

    Blount was doing just fine running the ball.  Th egame situation, opponent, and weather all indicated that the team should run the ball more.

    Then after one fumble Bellicheck freaked out and put Blount in the doghouse.

    This is NOT good coaching.  He has already shattered ridley's confidence by putting him in exile over a fumble.  ridley who had a great year is now officially a mess.

    BB needs to knock off the "if you make a mistake you are benched" with the RBs - When Brady throws a pick he is not benched or exiled to a doghouse.

    Sick of that

     

     

     

     

    Defense.  It is still important.

     
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    In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:

    the one thing that has to end is the Fumble Doghouse

    Blount was doing just fine running the ball.  Th egame situation, opponent, and weather all indicated that the team should run the ball more.

    Then after one fumble Bellicheck freaked out and put Blount in the doghouse.

    This is NOT good coaching.  He has already shattered ridley's confidence by putting him in exile over a fumble.  ridley who had a great year is now officially a mess.

    BB needs to knock off the "if you make a mistake you are benched" with the RBs - When Brady throws a pick he is not benched or exiled to a doghouse.

    Sick of that

     

     

     

     

    Defense.  It is still important.




     
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    In response to Encinitas' comment:

    In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
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    I'll be honest....If TPat did not give Brady and F, I wouldn't have read the rest of his goofy makeshift semi-pro analysis. lol

    His defense grades are still atrocious, though. 13 points allowed last week vs Altanta in the dome before the Sudfeld and Brady fumbles and even less this week.

    If the offense literally had ONE DRIVE, ONE that sustained, at any time, we probably win this game 13-10, instead of losing it the way we did.

    What a joke to not give the league's best D right now more credit.



    Again with the lie moron? Atlanta had 20 on the board before the Sudfeld onside kick.  The league's best D?  Idiocracy reigns. 

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         The fact that Rusty so vehemently disagrees with my grading to me is proof positive that I've probably have gotten it right...LOL!!  

     

     
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    In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:

     

    the one thing that has to end is the Fumble Doghouse

    Blount was doing just fine running the ball.  Th egame situation, opponent, and weather all indicated that the team should run the ball more.

    Then after one fumble Bellicheck freaked out and put Blount in the doghouse.

    This is NOT good coaching.  He has already shattered ridley's confidence by putting him in exile over a fumble.  ridley who had a great year is now officially a mess.

    BB needs to knock off the "if you make a mistake you are benched" with the RBs - When Brady throws a pick he is not benched or exiled to a doghouse.

    RESPONSE:    In this particular instance, I agree completely. But...fumbling cannot be tolerated. Somehow, someway, a coach has to get this across.

     
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    RESPONSE: Hello. my fine Carribean friend! Long time, no hear! Sorry that we communicate again after such a pathetic offensive performance by the Patriots.

     
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    Can't really disagree with any of the grades. Tom truly deserves an F for that performance he was awful. Pat you brought up something that got to me also, the play calling. I thought the play calling was bad.

     
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    One more thing about Blount vs Bolden. Blount needs that FB to be effective in between the Tackles.

    I don't like him as a lone setback, but I think he is very good with a blocking FB in front him.

    Bolden is very good with or without the FB.

     

     



    I think Bolden is the best running back even with Ridley fit. 1 thing does anyone have any faith in Mcdaniels play calling? I certainly don't anymore after watching so many pass attempts in driving rain.

     

     
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    1. DL: Playing their first entire game without Vince Wilfolk anchoring the middle, the DL had some trouble stopping the run, as BJGE and rookie Giavanni Bernard combined for 129 yards on 32 carries. But, the majority of that came later in the game, when the ineptitude of the Pats' "O" had forced the "D" to play for over 34 minutes. QB Andy Dalton also hurt the Pats by picking up some key first downs with his scrambling, as he gained 25 yards on 5 attempts. Though chances of getting to Dalton were diminished by the Bengals limiting him to throwing slants and check-downs throughout the game, The Jones boys were able to get to him on a couple of occasions...as the DL registered 2.5 sacks. GRADE: B;


    This is actually no quite accurate. With 12 minutes to go in the third quarter, the time of possession was pretty much even (the Pats had possessed the ball for 16:51 to the Bengals 16:09). That was when the actual damage was done by the Bengals offensive line. They had back to back drives of 13 plays for 59 yards and an FG, and 14 plays for 97 yards and a TD. There was no excuse for the defense to be "worn out" at that point in the game.

     
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    IV. COACHING: Lots of soul searching and butt kicking needs to be done by BB and his staff after this stinker. Thankfully, there's a long way to go before playoff time in January. But, based on what we saw this afternoon, can this team even win it's division? There's simply no excuse for the seemingly complete lack of communication between Tom Brady and his young receivers. The game plan was unimaginative. I can't understand why the Patriots chose to give up on the run the way they did. True, fumbles are inexcusable. But when your down to one healthy RB, was it really wise to punish him by pulling him? Much of the Pats' passing attack is predicated on timing. Credit the Bengals for doing a good job of jamming the Pats' receivers inside of 5 yards, and credit their LBs for doing a good job in patroling the short stuff over the middle. Their  defensive game plan of pressuring Tom Brady and taking away the short stuff, thus forcing him to throw deep, worked. The best answer would seemingly have been to continue to pound the ball, and mix it up with deep play action throws. But, when tried, for whatever reason, Brady couldn't convert. Can't complain about the "D", though that 28 yard completion on a 3rd and 15 from the Cincy two (2) yard line in the fourth quarter was a killer. You best believe that ball security will be a hot topic in Foxborough on Monday. Next week, one has to wonder how this pop-gun Patriots' offense is going to keep pace with Drew Brees?: GRADE: D;   

    This is way too high. The coaching staff gets an F plain and simple. It's not about keeping pace with Drew Brees next week. It is going to be about scoring at all. The Saints defense is statistically just as good as the Patriots this season. 

     
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    Games Report Card...

    Offense ... F

    Defense....B

    Coaching...F

    Sp.Teams..C-

    Overall......F

    Nothing more need be said...they'll play better next week....

    Oh yes...they better do something about that D Line or the season is done....



    That gets my parents' signature. I'd even suggest to the principal, BB, to put the whole offense in detention (meaning extra practice) until 8pm every day this week.

    D line looked good today, but this wasn't Drew Brees with a good RB.  Next week will say more about how the D line will adjust without Vince.  And let's hope Kelly is not out.....

     
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    What part of the ToP was equal, UNTIL the D allowed 2 time consuming drives don't you understand?

     

    They (not we and certainly not you.) lost the game because BB the GM blew up the top ranked Offense and replaced the top ranked O with Larry, Moe and Curly.

    I love how a guy that hasn't been to a game since he was 7 yrs old, off his unkies season tickets and doesn't own a jersey or anything Pats related except his BB doll, says "we."

    LMAO@U


    "The worse New England has gotten on defense, the better Brady has been forced to become -- with 109 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 39-9 record the past three seasons. "

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    1. DL: Playing their first entire game without Vince Wilfolk anchoring the middle, the DL had some trouble stopping the run, as BJGE and rookie Giavanni Bernard combined for 129 yards on 32 carries. But, the majority of that came later in the game, when the ineptitude of the Pats' "O" had forced the "D" to play for over 34 minutes. QB Andy Dalton also hurt the Pats by picking up some key first downs with his scrambling, as he gained 25 yards on 5 attempts. Though chances of getting to Dalton were diminished by the Bengals limiting him to throwing slants and check-downs throughout the game, The Jones boys were able to get to him on a couple of occasions...as the DL registered 2.5 sacks. GRADE: B;

     

     

     

     

     

     


    This is actually no quite accurate. With 12 minutes to go in the third quarter, the time of possession was pretty much even (the Pats had possessed the ball for 16:51 to the Bengals 16:09). That was when the actual damage was done by the Bengals offensive line. They had back to back drives of 13 plays for 59 yards and an FG, and 14 plays for 97 yards and a TD. There was no excuse for the defense to be "worn out" at that point in the game.

     



    You're insane. Our D which had an offense which was not able to cross midfield before halftime was not affected?

     

    LOL!

    We're on the road and a team that is basically playing a SB for their season at home is not benefitting from our terrible offense, which in turn, hurts our D?

    There was "no excuse" for the D to be worn out but our offense can't hammer it in for effect from the 1/4 yard line because Brady wants that TD streak to continue?

    We just lost a game because Brady wanted to keep his TD streak.

    Listen to yourself.

    First of all, forget the idea that playing the Patriots is somehow "The Super Bowl" for other teams. It is not 2004 anymore. The Bengals were a playoff team last year and will probably be one again this year. 

    The offense was awful the entire game. I completely agree with that. 

    What I am saying when the Bengals got the ball with 12 minutes left in the third and went 59 yards on 13 plays that the idea that the defense has been on the field too much is not accurate. At that point in the game, the Pats D had actually been on the field less then the Patriots offense. What I am saying is at B grade for the defensive line in a game that they allowed 162 yards on the ground is too high.

     
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    I agree with most, except the OL....they get an F. The lost the battle up front for most of the game, hence the two lousy FGs for the entire 60 minutes. The entire unit stunk the joint up....no excuses. Let me guess, the board jester blames most of this on Brady?

    I don't care who you skill players are.....if you lose the battle up front, you are toast. They got toasted yesterday. Kudos to the front 7 of Cincy....the deserve some credit for completely pushing us around. Without good blocking, you don't score....period.

     
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    "Bolden did well as a receiver coming out of the backfield".

    Really?   The drop of the screen that would have gone for miles was inexcusable.

     



    I wish he would be the starter. Seriously. He;s better than Blount. I agree the drop was bad, I'd like to see him in a game, get a rhythm going, etc, instead of being this sub RB. I think it's hard for an RB to be subbed in and out. Just my opinion.  This was a game where that again cropped up and it appeard the subbing was for no rhyme nor reason.

     

    It drives me nuts. The kid has mad skills and they just refuse to use him.  If we gave him 15+ carries today, IMO, we win this game. Seriously.

    I don't feel Blount has the inside the tackles or goal line running we need.  If you want to see me disagree with BB, here it is.

    Start Bolden. If it's because of his sore knee from a couple weeks back, then I guess I can see that.

    I just think he has great potential and they're not using it.



    Agree. Bolden should be getting,ore touches. For the life of me, like TexPat, I can't understand why josh gave up on the run game yesterday. We should have kept running and running even more in that monsoon. 

     
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