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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?
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.
Propaganda again. We didn't lose the game because Brady wanted his td streak to continue. We lost the game because the offense couldn't score and totally looked out of sorts. Brady was off, the wr's couldn't catch, the OL had a tough time with Cincys dts. total offense collapse, poor, poor play calling.
I am not sure Russ what you expect from an offense that is severely dinged up and relying so heavily on rookies for production. Was it reasonable to believe we could lose by purpose or accident our top 4-5 receiving targets and keep the tank rolling? No.
Given the amount of investment bb has sunk in the defense, its about time we see the payoff. Time for them to carry the team for a bit.
TP...nice grading and thanks for the write up. Overall I cant disagree with any of those grades.