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         A great beginning!! Though the Pats' workman-like 34-13 win was far from perfect, it was a solid effort against a decent opponent, on the road. Lots of good to take from this win. Most notably, the play of the Pats' younger players, Stevan Ridley, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Jermaine Cunningham, Tavon Wilson, and Ras-I Dowling. Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: Turnover free, methodical, and workman-like covers this performance, in a nutshell.

    1.) QB: Not one of the Terrific One's best efforts. Nonetheless, he showed grit, toughness, and was interception free. Tom finished with 23 completions in 31 attempts, for 236 yards, and two TDs. But, from the get go, his accuracy was off. Tom showed little confidence (and for good reason) in his OL's ability to protect him. He appeared to have happy feet, and frequently rushed his throws.
         For example, on the Pats' initial drive, Brady missed  a wide open Brandon Lloyd, for what should have been an easy 52 yard TD connection. In a play eerily similar to that memorable late 4th quarter miss to Wes Welker in the SB, Brady threw a high ball to the wrong shoulder of Lloyd. The errant throw forced Lloyd to twist his body and leap. As was the case with Welker in the SB, the end result was the pass slipping through his Lloyd's finger-tips, incomplete. Two plays later, Brady missed an open Welker on a crossing pattern...throwing the ball slightly behind him, and hitting Wes in his face-mask.
         There was also that poorly thrown pass to Julian Edelman in the 3rd quarter on a flanker screen, on a 3rd and 11 play. Edelman appeared to have a minimum of 20 yards of clear sailing ahead, had there been a good throw. For the record, it appeared that Edelman was able to scoop up the poor Brady throw...but the refs ruled an incomplete pass. This, in my view, was the only real bad call, in an otherwise well officiated game.
         Early in the 2nd quarter, Titans' DE Kameron Wimbley knifed passed the turnstile otherwise known as Note Solder, and jumped on Brady's back, sacking him. In the process, Wimbley, intentionally ot not, kicked Brady in the face, bloodying, or, perhaps, breaking Tom's nose. Thereafter, the play-calling noticably changed...as greater emphasis was placed on the running game, on short, quick passes, and on WR screens.
         Tom's highlights were a well thrown 27 yard completion to Lloyd in the first quarter, and a perfectly thrown 2 yard corner/fade TD pass, to a well covered Gronk. That TD gave the Pats a commanding 21-3 lead, which they held at half-time:
    GRADE: B-;

    2.) RBs:  This game may have served as a coming out party for RB Stevan Ridley. The 2nd year man out of LSU had a career game, finishing with 125 yards on 21 carries (that's a 6 yard per carry average, folks), and a TD. He also contributed in the passing game with two receptions, including a 20 yard play on a swing pass, in the 4th quarter. Ridley ran with power and determination throughout the game.
         RBs Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden contributed 33 yards on 11 carries, mostly in a mop-up role:
    GRADE: A;

    3.) OL: Something needs to be done to address the difficulties that LT Nate Solder is having in pass protection. Tom Brady's nose, and football life, may depend upon it. Solder's foot-work was awful...causing him to be off-balance. On a couple of occasions, he appeared to be desperately diving at the legs of on-rushing DL. Worse yet, this 6'8", 320 lb. mountain of a man appeared to be successfully bull-rushed by relatively smaller defenders.
         That said, Solder and his fellow lumberjacks seemed to dominate on running plays. Logan Mankins in particular seemed to be opening some wide holes for "The Riddler" throughout.:
    GRADE: B-;

    4.) TEs and WRs:
     
    The Riddler on the ground.
         WR Brandon Lloyd is the real deal, folks. Lloyd finished with 5 receptions for 69 yards. But for 
    the aforementioned Brady errant throw on a 52 yard play, Lloyd would have posted a 100 yard game. The Tiitans seemed to key on Wes Welker...limiting the Wild, Wild Wes to just 3 catches for 14 yards.
    GRADE: B+;

           
    II. DEFENSE: This group completely shut down the Titans' vaunted running game...limiting the Titans to a mere 20 yards, on 16 carries. Star RB Chris Johnson was taken completely out of the game, as the Pats held him to just 6 yards on 11 carries! Outstanding!!

    1.) DL: Though the stat sheet shows that he only had one tackle, Vince Wilfolk was immense. He clogged up the running lanes inside, and was able to collapse the pass pocket on occasion. Rookie Chandler Jones had 5 tackles (3 solos), and a second quarter, game changing strip-sack inside the Tennessee 5 yard line, of Titans' QB, Jake Locker. Locker's fumble was scooped up by Dont'a Hightower, who would run it in 4 yards for a TD. This score put the Patriots in command, 14-3. Though the pass rush might have been better, it was clear that the boys up front were geared to stop the run first, as well as contain athletic QB Locker in the pocket:
    GRADE: A;

    2.) LBs:
    Outstanding performance by Jerod Mayo. The Mayonaise Man led the Pats in tackles with 13, including 9 solos. Mayo also delivered that vicious 4th quaarter hit on Titans' WR, Nate Washington...converting a 25 yard Tennessee gain into an incomplete pass. This was the play thaat Patrick Chung scooped the lose ball up, and ran 40 yards...before being tackled by QB Locker. Locker suffered a shoulder injury on the play, and would leave the game.
         Dont'a Hightower had a home-coming to remember by scoring his first NFL TD, on his fumble return. He finished with 5 tackles, including four solos...and a tackle for loss (TFL). Jermaine Cunningham continued his inspired play with three tackles (2 solos), and a sack. Cunningham also drew a holding penalty...which negated a successful QB draw, on a 3rd and long conversion. Like Wilfolk, though he didn't register much in the stats sheets, Brandon Spikes seemed to be in the thick of things all day:
    GRADE: A;

    3.) SECONDARY: Devin McCourty led this group in tackles with 7, including 5 solos. However, he was beaten in the first quarter by WR Nate Washington on a 4th and one play deep...setting up a Titans' FG. Aside from letting Washington escape for 20 yards after catch for the Titans' lone TD in the 3rd quarter, this crew did a solid job of tackling.  Credit Ras-I Dowling for a key TFL inside the Tennessee 5, leading to the Pats obtaining excellent field position. Rookie Tavon Wilson also stepped up with four tackles (3 solos), two pass deflections, and a tip-drill interception.
         That said, one must take into account that the Titans played this game without the services of their best WR, Kenny Britt...and that Jake Locker was the Titans' triggerman: 
    GRADE: B;                               
         

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Nothing spectacular, but solid. Good job by PK Stephen Gostkowski on kick-offs...most of which were too deep to return. This helped to keep a lid on dangerous Titans' return man, Darius Reynaud. When Reynaud was able to get a return, "The Gost" stopped him with a TD saving tackle. Fortunately, that 40 yard Tennessee return was called back due to a holding call. The Ghost was also 2/2 in the FG department.
         Nice job of placement punting by Zoltan the Magnificent. Though the Pats have no legitimate breakaway threat on kickoff returns, Julian Edelman remains an effective punt returner:
    GRADE: B;

    IV. COACHING: Great job by BB and Matt Patricia in devising a scheme to shut down RB Chris Johnson. Kudos also to BB and Josh McDaniels for switching gears to the run game and short passing game, to combat the Titans' break-neck approach to rush Tom Brady. But, work needs to be done with LT Nate Solder. Look for BB and Dante Scarnecchia to set aside time for extra tutoring sessions for the big man. Unless his pass  protection dramatically improves, it's doubtful whether Tom Brady will remain in one piece this season:
    GRADE: A.

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME:  Undoubtedly, the strip sack by Chandler Jones, and the subsequent fumble return for a TD by Dont'a Hightower stole the show.

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Though high marks go to Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfolk, and Jerod Mayo, the Game Ball goes to "The Riddler", Stevan Ridley.

         Here are the game stats:  http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320909010.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome. 
                             
        
     
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    You are WAY too harsh on Brady and the O-line imo.  Brady was sacked once and our lead back averaged over 6 yards a carry.  Dunno how that gets a B- for the O-line.  Brady didn't turn the ball over, completed almost 75% of his passes and tossed 2 TD's.  Again I don't see how that is a B-.
     
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    In addition if those 2 throws you are harping on are the worst throws that Brady makes in a game I think we have a pretty good chance at winning.  Just saying.
     
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    I dont see how you fault brady for that lloyd miscue.

    Brady threw it perfectly, lloyd stopped running and turned around when if he had kept going it would have fallen into his hands.

    you are starting to sound like rusty placing blame on brady for lloyd trying to backpeddle into the catch
     
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    In response to TexasPat's comment:

         A great beginning!! Though the Pats' workman-like 34-13 win was far from perfect, it was a solid effort against a decent opponent, on the road. Lots of good to take from this win. Most notably, the play of the Pats' younger players, Stevan Ridley, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Jermaine Cunningham, Tavon Wilson, and Ras-I Dowling. Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: Turnover free, methodical, and workman-like covers this performance, in a nutshell.

    1.) QB: Not one of the Terrific One's best efforts. Nonetheless, he showed grit, toughness, and was interception free. Tom finished with 23 completions in 31 attempts, for 236 yards, and two TDs. But, from the get go, his accuracy was off. Tom showed little confidence (and for good reason) in his OL's ability to protect him. He appeared to have happy feet, and frequently rushed his throws.
         For example, on the Pats' initial drive, Brady missed  a wide open Brandon Lloyd, for what should have been an easy 52 yard TD connection. In a play eerily similar to that memorable late 4th quarter miss to Wes Welker in the SB, Brady threw a high ball to the wrong shoulder of Lloyd. The errant throw forced Lloyd to twist his body and leap. As was the case with Welker in the SB, the end result was the pass slipping through his Lloyd's finger-tips, incomplete. Two plays later, Brady missed an open Welker on a crossing pattern...throwing the ball slightly behind him, and hitting Wes in his face-mask.
         There was also that poorly thrown pass to Julian Edelman in the 3rd quarter on a flanker screen, on a 3rd and 11 play. Edelman appeared to have a minimum of 20 yards of clear sailing ahead, had there been a good throw. For the record, it appeared that Edelman was able to scoop up the poor Brady throw...but the refs ruled an incomplete pass. This, in my view, was the only real bad call, in an otherwise well officiated game.
         Early in the 2nd quarter, Titans' DE Kameron Wimbley knifed passed the turnstile otherwise known as Note Solder, and jumped on Brady's back, sacking him. In the process, Wimbley, intentionally ot not, kicked Brady in the face, bloodying, or, perhaps, breaking Tom's nose. Thereafter, the play-calling noticably changed...as greater emphasis was placed on the running game, on short, quick passes, and on WR screens.
         Tom's highlights were a well thrown 27 yard completion to Lloyd in the first quarter, and a perfectly thrown 2 yard corner/fade TD pass, to a well covered Gronk. That TD gave the Pats a commanding 21-3 lead, which they held at half-time:
    GRADE: B-;

    2.) RBs:  This game may have served as a coming out party for RB Stevan Ridley. The 2nd year man out of LSU had a career game, finishing with 125 yards on 21 carries (that's a 6 yard per carry average, folks), and a TD. He also contributed in the passing game with two receptions, including a 20 yard play on a swing pass, in the 4th quarter. Ridley ran with power and determination throughout the game.
         RBs Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden contributed 33 yards on 11 carries, mostly in a mop-up role:
    GRADE: A;

    3.) OL: Something needs to be done to address the difficulties that LT Nate Solder is having in pass protection. Tom Brady's nose, and football life, may depend upon it. Solder's foot-work was awful...causing him to be off-balance. On a couple of occasions, he appeared to be desperately diving at the legs of on-rushing DL. Worse yet, this 6'8", 320 lb. mountain of a man appeared to be successfully bull-rushed by relatively smaller defenders.
         That said, Solder and his fellow lumberjacks seemed to dominate on running plays. Logan Mankins in particular seemed to be opening some wide holes for "The Riddler" throughout.:
    GRADE: B-;

    4.) TEs and WRs:
     
    The Riddler on the ground.
         WR Brandon Lloyd is the real deal, folks. Lloyd finished with 5 receptions for 69 yards. But for 
    the aforementioned Brady errant throw on a 52 yard play, Lloyd would have posted a 100 yard game. The Tiitans seemed to key on Wes Welker...limiting the Wild, Wild Wes to just 3 catches for 14 yards.
    GRADE: B+;

           
    II. DEFENSE: This group completely shut down the Titans' vaunted running game...limiting the Titans to a mere 20 yards, on 16 carries. Star RB Chris Johnson was taken completely out of the game, as the Pats held him to just 6 yards on 11 carries! Outstanding!!

    1.) DL: Though the stat sheet shows that he only had one tackle, Vince Wilfolk was immense. He clogged up the running lanes inside, and was able to collapse the pass pocket on occasion. Rookie Chandler Jones had 5 tackles (3 solos), and a second quarter, game changing strip-sack inside the Tennessee 5 yard line, of Titans' QB, Jake Locker. Locker's fumble was scooped up by Dont'a Hightower, who would run it in 4 yards for a TD. This score put the Patriots in command, 14-3. Though the pass rush might have been better, it was clear that the boys up front were geared to stop the run first, as well as contain athletic QB Locker in the pocket:
    GRADE: A;

    2.) LBs:
    Outstanding performance by Jerod Mayo. The Mayonaise Man led the Pats in tackles with 13, including 9 solos. Mayo also delivered that vicious 4th quaarter hit on Titans' WR, Nate Washington...converting a 25 yard Tennessee gain into an incomplete pass. This was the play thaat Patrick Chung scooped the lose ball up, and ran 40 yards...before being tackled by QB Locker. Locker suffered a shoulder injury on the play, and would leave the game.
         Dont'a Hightower had a home-coming to remember by scoring his first NFL TD, on his fumble return. He finished with 5 tackles, including four solos...and a tackle for loss (TFL). Jermaine Cunningham continued his inspired play with three tackles (2 solos), and a sack. Cunningham also drew a holding penalty...which negated a successful QB draw, on a 3rd and long conversion. Like Wilfolk, though he didn't register much in the stats sheets, Brandon Spikes seemed to be in the thick of things all day:
    GRADE: A;

    3.) SECONDARY: Devin McCourty led this group in tackles with 7, including 5 solos. However, he was beaten in the first quarter by WR Nate Washington on a 4th and one play deep...setting up a Titans' FG. Aside from letting Washington escape for 20 yards after catch for the Titans' lone TD in the 3rd quarter, this crew did a solid job of tackling.  Credit Ras-I Dowling for a key TFL inside the Tennessee 5, leading to the Pats obtaining excellent field position. Rookie Tavon Wilson also stepped up with four tackles (3 solos), two pass deflections, and a tip-drill interception.
         That said, one must take into account that the Titans played this game without the services of their best WR, Kenny Britt...and that Jake Locker was the Titans' triggerman: 
    GRADE: B;                               
         

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Nothing spectacular, but solid. Good job by PK Stephen Gostkowski on kick-offs...most of which were too deep to return. This helped to keep a lid on dangerous Titans' return man, Darius Reynaud. When Reynaud was able to get a return, "The Gost" stopped him with a TD saving tackle. Fortunately, that 40 yard Tennessee return was called back due to a holding call. The Ghost was also 2/2 in the FG department.
         Nice job of placement punting by Zoltan the Magnificent. Though the Pats have no legitimate breakaway threat on kickoff returns, Julian Edelman remains an effective punt returner:
    GRADE: B;

    IV. COACHING: Great job by BB and Matt Patricia in devising a scheme to shut down RB Chris Johnson. Kudos also to BB and Josh McDaniels for switching gears to the run game and short passing game, to combat the Titans' break-neck approach to rush Tom Brady. But, work needs to be done with LT Nate Solder. Look for BB and Dante Scarnecchia to set aside time for extra tutoring sessions for the big man. Unless his pass  protection dramatically improves, it's doubtful whether Tom Brady will remain in one piece this season:
    GRADE: A.

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME:  Undoubtedly, the strip sack by Chandler Jones, and the subsequent fumble return for a TD by Dont'a Hightower stole the show.

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Though high marks go to Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfolk, and Jerod Mayo, the Game Ball goes to "The Riddler", Stevan Ridley.

         Here are the game stats:  http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320909010.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome. 
                             
        



    I mostly agree but with some differences:

    Brady had an EXTREMELY good game. YES - I acknowledge he had a stretch of 4 or 5 passes where he was throwing low (and I agree that it appeared Edelman caught that pass and was making a big play of it but for the bad call.... Edelan may be the biggest surprise for the offense besides Ridley being sooo big in his production). Besides those passes he was very very accurate (even the first throw to Lloyd was very catchable though not picture perfect). Also, keep in mind Brady threw ZERO interceptions. That plus what he got was significant. Plus he was very comfortable, willing to use that running game. Plus consider hiw stats had Lloyd not blown that first pass and the refs had not blown Edelman's catch. That could have added over 100 yards and two competions to his totals!

    I also slightly disagree about the D line. I think B+. I say this because the pass rush from them was usually not disruptive enough. I also think the LBs were GREAT and made the D lline look even a little better. I would say A++ for LBs. Back to the D line: A for Vinny and Jones. C for Nink and B for other DTs. There was a wide range of quality of play on that DL.

     
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    Wow TP I always thought you were a bit trollish now I think you are Rusty lite!  If Lloyd doesn't slow down and runs under that ball TB has over 300 yards and 3 TDs. 

    BTW Congrats on a good win by you JEST yesterday!
     
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    In response to TexasPat's comment:

         A great beginning!! Though the Pats' workman-like 34-13 win was far from perfect, it was a solid effort against a decent opponent, on the road. Lots of good to take from this win. Most notably, the play of the Pats' younger players, Stevan Ridley, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Jermaine Cunningham, Tavon Wilson, and Ras-I Dowling. Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: Turnover free, methodical, and workman-like covers this performance, in a nutshell.

    1.) QB: Not one of the Terrific One's best efforts. Nonetheless, he showed grit, toughness, and was interception free. Tom finished with 23 completions in 31 attempts, for 236 yards, and two TDs. But, from the get go, his accuracy was off. Tom showed little confidence (and for good reason) in his OL's ability to protect him. He appeared to have happy feet, and frequently rushed his throws.
         For example, on the Pats' initial drive, Brady missed  a wide open Brandon Lloyd, for what should have been an easy 52 yard TD connection.The QB's job is to lead the receiver down field so he can keep running full speed when he catches the ball. Go back and look at the tape, Lloyd slowed down. It was the receiver who misplayed the ball, got twisted up because of he didn't realize how well the ball was thrown down field. You are completely wrong on this. In a play eerily similar to that memorable late 4th quarter miss to Wes Welker in the SB, Brady threw a high ball to the wrong shoulder of Lloyd. The errant throw forced Lloyd to twist his body and leap. As was the case with Welker in the SB, the end result was the pass slipping through his Lloyd's finger-tips, incomplete. Two plays later, Brady missed an open Welker on a crossing pattern...throwing the ball slightly behind him, and hitting Wes in his face-mask.
         There was also that poorly thrown pass to Julian Edelman in the 3rd quarter on a flanker screen, on a 3rd and 11 play. Edelman appeared to have a minimum of 20 yards of clear sailing ahead, had there been a good throw. For the record, it appeared that Edelman was able to scoop up the poor Brady throw...but the refs ruled an incomplete pass. This, in my view, was the only real bad call, in an otherwise well officiated game.
         Early in the 2nd quarter, Titans' DE Kameron Wimbley knifed passed the turnstile otherwise known as Note Solder, and jumped on Brady's back, sacking him. In the process, Wimbley, intentionally ot not, kicked Brady in the face, bloodying, or, perhaps, breaking Tom's nose. Thereafter, the play-calling noticably changed...as greater emphasis was placed on the running game, on short, quick passes, and on WR screens.
         Tom's highlights were a well thrown 27 yard completion to Lloyd in the first quarter, and a perfectly thrown 2 yard corner/fade TD pass, to a well covered Gronk. That TD gave the Pats a commanding 21-3 lead, which they held at half-time:
    GRADE: B-;

    2.) RBs:  This game may have served as a coming out party for RB Stevan Ridley. The 2nd year man out of LSU had a career game, finishing with 125 yards on 21 carries (that's a 6 yard per carry average, folks), and a TD. He also contributed in the passing game with two receptions, including a 20 yard play on a swing pass, in the 4th quarter. Ridley ran with power and determination throughout the game. 
         RBs Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden contributed 33 yards on 11 carries, mostly in a mop-up role:
    GRADE: A;

    3.) OL: Something needs to be done to address the difficulties that LT Nate Solder is having in pass protection. Tom Brady's nose, and football life, may depend upon it. Solder's foot-work was awful...causing him to be off-balance. Definitely agree he really needs to put in some more time on the practice field, maybe let Jones go at him everyday till he learns to not get run over. On a couple of occasions, he appeared to be desperately diving at the legs of on-rushing DL. Worse yet, this 6'8", 320 lb. mountain of a man appeared to be successfully bull-rushed by relatively smaller defenders.
         That said, Solder and his fellow lumberjacks seemed to dominate on running plays. Logan Mankins in particular seemed to be opening some wide holes for "The Riddler" throughout.:
    GRADE: B-;

    4.) TEs and WRs:
     
    The Riddler on the ground.
         WR Brandon Lloyd is the real deal, folks. Lloyd finished with 5 receptions for 69 yards. But for 
    the aforementioned Brady errant throw on a 52 yard play, Lloyd would have posted a 100 yard game. Maybe if he kept running, I would bet you $100 he will never slow down on a deep Brayd pass ever again! The Tiitans seemed to key on Wes Welker...limiting the Wild, Wild Wes to just 3 catches for 14 yards. I don't think they focused on him specifically as much at all as much as they were uncessfull against our other 3 big time weapons; Lloyd/Gronk/Hern.
    GRADE: B+;

           
    II. DEFENSE: This group completely shut down the Titans' vaunted running game...limiting the Titans to a mere 20 yards, on 16 carries. Star RB Chris Johnson was taken completely out of the game, as the Pats held him to just 6 yards on 11 carries! Outstanding!!

    1.) DL: Though the stat sheet shows that he only had one tackle, Vince Wilfolk was immense. He clogged up the running lanes inside, and was able to collapse the pass pocket on occasion. Rookie Chandler Jones had 5 tackles (3 solos), and a second quarter, game changing strip-sack inside the Tennessee 5 yard line, Man that was a beautiful move! of Titans' QB, Jake Locker. Locker's fumble was scooped up by Dont'a Hightower, who would run it in 4 yards for a TD. This score put the Patriots in command, 14-3. Though the pass rush might have been better, I would take that pass rush almost any day against any team, it was clear that the boys up front were geared to stop the run first, as well as contain athletic QB Locker in the pocket:
    GRADE: A;

    2.) LBs:
    Outstanding performance by Jerod Mayo. The Mayonaise Man led the Pats in tackles with 13, including 9 solos. Mayo also delivered that vicious 4th quaarter hit on Titans' WR, Nate Washington...converting a 25 yard Tennessee gain into an incomplete pass. This was the play thaat Patrick Chung scooped the lose ball up, and ran 40 yards...before being tackled by QB Locker. Locker suffered a shoulder injury on the play, and would leave the game.
         Dont'a Hightower had a home-coming to remember by scoring his first NFL TD, on his fumble return. Minor note; he made the first tackle of the season for the Pats He finished with 5 tackles, including four solos...and a tackle for loss (TFL). Jermaine Cunningham continued his inspired play with three tackles (2 solos), and a sack. Cunningham also drew a holding penalty...which negated a successful QB draw, on a 3rd and long conversion. Like Wilfolk, though he didn't register much in the stats sheets, Brandon Spikes seemed to be in the thick of things all day:

    GRADE: A;

    3.) SECONDARY: Devin McCourty led this group in tackles with 7, including 5 solos. However, he was beaten in the first quarter by WR Nate Washington on a 4th and one play deep...setting up a Titans' FG. Aside from letting Washington escape for 20 yards after catch for the Titans' lone TD in the 3rd quarter, this crew did a solid job of tackling.  Credit Ras-I Dowling for a key TFL inside the Tennessee 5, leading to the Pats obtaining excellent field position. Rookie Tavon Wilson also stepped up with four tackles (3 solos), two pass deflections, and a tip-drill interception.
         That said, one must take into account that the Titans played this game without the services of their best WR, Kenny Britt...and that Jake Locker was the Titans' triggerman: 
    GRADE: B;

    I can't agree with this grade, on paper the secondary looked decent. Otherwise we got burned on 3rd and long again way too many times, our corners can't get their head turned and McCourty got insanely lucky to not have a PI call in the endzone. Grade: C-  
                                
         

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Nothing spectacular, but solid. Good job by PK Stephen Gostkowski on kick-offs...most of which were too deep to return. This helped to keep a lid on dangerous Titans' return man, Darius Reynaud. When Reynaud was able to get a return, "The Gost" stopped him with a TD saving tackle. Ghost definitely lowered th boom on that guy! Fortunately, that 40 yard Tennessee return was called back due to a holding call. The Ghost was also 2/2 in the FG department.
         Nice job of placement punting by Zoltan the Magnificent. Though the Pats have no legitimate breakaway threat on kickoff returns, Julian Edelman remains an effective punt returner I was surprised to see McCourty return a kick off, typical BB kicking the wheels on anything he may see value in:
    GRADE: B;

    IV. COACHING: Great job by BB and Matt Patricia in devising a scheme to shut down RB Chris Johnson. Kudos also to BB and Josh McDaniels for switching gears to the run game and short passing game, to combat the Titans' break-neck approach to rush Tom Brady. But, work needs to be done with LT Nate Solder. Look for BB and Dante Scarnecchia to set aside time for extra tutoring sessions for the big man. It's a must! Unless his pass  protection dramatically improves, it's doubtful whether Tom Brady will remain in one piece this season This is why Ridely is so important and I am sure once some of the fullbacks and other TE's get up to speed we will see some new wrinkles in the offense to help protect Brady and further improve the run game to bette compliment the Passing game:
    GRADE: A.

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME:  Undoubtedly, the strip sack by Chandler Jones, and the subsequent fumble return for a TD by Dont'a Hightower stole the show.

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Though high marks go to Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfolk, and Jerod Mayo, the Game Ball goes to "The Riddler", Stevan Ridley. Agree!!!

         Here are the game stats:  http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320909010.


         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome. 
                             
        



    Overall I agree, except for that grade on the secondary. It loked bad in person and good on paper, also I don't like to see guys get hurt but I like how we put the hammer down on Nate Washington and then Chung fighting to break free with Locker wrapped around him. Sometimes the best this this secondary can do is use their physical nature to get into the heads of receivers.

    I really won't go much further on the Brady pass Lloyd, besides its the receiver's job to get to the ball when he is wide open and it is EASILY in reach. Look back at the tape, Lloyd slowed down when it wasn't necessary and I am sure it won't happen again. After the missed catch you could tell Lloyd focused in and is going ot build some great chemistry with Brady.
     
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    Well done overall Pat. Agreed with others maybe a tad harsh on Brady but I do think Brady can play even better. Right to point out Edelman's contributions, I like the fierceness he plays with. I noticed you couldn't resist making light of Tavon Wilson's interception by calling it "tip drill", I suspect this is your attempt to play down his accomplishments in his first NFL game so you don't look quite as bad for trolling on him as a wasted pick for endless insufferable posts here. Will let you get away with it this time but if he continues to play well and have impact I expect you to eat way more crow than that. 

    For now, just call it a freakin' interception without qualifying it. After he plays a few more games then you can start categorizing some of his interceptions as less valuable than others...
     
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    Good assessment. I'm glad you were not particularly harsh on the corners. I thought they had a decent game. Not a great game but decent. 

    Solder was excellent in run blocking but he had big problems in pass protection. Maybe he ought to be a run blocking TE at this point. He just can't be left in there to play LT unless he's got help. Maybe he can be molded into a tackle but he needs another season of practice.

    Barring injuries the only weakness on this team right now is the tackle position. 
     
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    Thanks for posting. I appreciate your information.

    On the Brady/Lloyd miscue, I would like to say that the arms of Sam Bradford and Kellon Clemens from St. Louis could never be confused with Brady's. It may take a little time to become comfortable with new arm strength. Also, I think the safety was to the right of Lloyd, so Tom threw it to the right shoulder.




     
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    I agree with most of your report card - Brady did look a little off in some of his passes (which goes to show just how spoiled he has made us). I would say that he did make way more plays that were outstanding...I think the touchdown to Hernandez showed him going through three reads and buying extra time by side stepping a rush, but all in all it wasn't an "A" game for by his standards.
     
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    To TPat: Another fine effort! Just a couple of minor points: I also thought that the refs missed Edelman's reception but I thought they got it wrong as well by denying Chung's fumble recovery. The biggest change from last year for me was that I didn't see the hated 3 man rush all day. I watched SF get burned when they tried it against GB later in the day. Did you notice the fine tackling by Ebner on special teams? Another irritating consideration was that our corners not only can't seem to get their heads turned to the ball, but they also can't seem to catch when it's right at them---McCourty's drop and Arrington taking one off the noggin!
     
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         To those of you who think that I'm being too harsh in giving Brady a "B-" grade...we have to agree to  disagree. Y'all are acrting as if I gave him an "F". An "A" grade indicates an excellent game, a "B+" means a very good game...a "B" means a good game...a "B-" means a fairly good game...a "C+" indicates that the play was a bit better than fair...a "C" means a fair game...and so on.

         A "B-" to me seemed spot on. Tom didn't have one of his better games...though he wasn't bad. It was clear that Brady was hearing foot-steps from the get-go, and made some very poor throws, early on. His OL was unable to protect him during the pre-season...and had difficulties protecting him yesterday. Judging by his rushed throws and happy-feet, Tom doesn't appear to have much confidence in his OL...and particularly in his LT, to protect him. It clearly affected his play yesterday. Against the better teams, Tom can ill afford to miss wide-open receivers. The coaches picked up on it, too...as they adjusted the game plan, and started running the ball more. 

         As for the play of the OL, I credited them for their run blocking. BUT...JOB ONE for them is to protect Brady on pass plays. Nate Solder was awful again in pass protection. His poor play is a major concern. A QB must develop great faith in his LT to protect his blind side. Tom had faith in Matt Light...but clearly doesn't have the same faith in Solder. The result is happy feet, and rushed throws.

         BB and coach Scarnecchia must fix the problem with Solder. The kid has the physical talent...but needs lots of work on his technique, and his foot-work. Keep in mind that Solder is relatively inexperienced at OT. In college, he was a converted TE. With hard work, I believe that he'll develop into a good player. But, he's clearly not there yet.  
     
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    TP

    Good report! Nice to see you giving Tavon Wilson some credit especially after the continual blasting you gave BB for picking him in the 2nd round. 
     
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    Brady at least an A-.
     
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    Thank goodness Belichek is the head coach, because with our average QB it's a miracle the Pats ever win.
     
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    In response to ccnsd's comment:

    Thank goodness Belichek is the head coach, because with our average QB it's a miracle the Pats ever win.



         Stop it! No one said that Tom's an average QB. Just saying that he had an so-so game. We've both seen Tom at his best...and he wasn't at his best Sunday against the Titans.  
     
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    In response to trouts's comment:

    To TPat: Another fine effort! Just a couple of minor points: I also thought that the refs missed Edelman's reception but I thought they got it wrong as well by denying Chung's fumble recovery.

    RESPONSE: Actually, the refs initially ruled that Chung fumble play as a fumble...but reversed the decision upon review. An incomplete pass was the right call. 
         In fact, the Titans are complaining about the refs for not calling an incompletion immediately, ruling a fumble, and allowing the Chung fumble return to take place. As you know, Tennessee QB Jake Locker injured his shoulder while tackling Chung on that play:
    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120909/SPORTS01/309090095/Tennessee-Titans-unhappy-replacement-refs?nclick_check=1
         

    The biggest change from last year for me was that I didn't see the hated 3 man rush all day. I watched SF get burned when they tried it against GB later in the day.

    RESPONSE: Ah, say...the prevent defense. As the saying goes, the only thing that the prevent defense does is to prevent the team using it from winning.

     Did you notice the fine tackling by Ebner on special teams?

    RESPONSE: I did, but neglected to mention it. I had so much difficulty in posting my report card under this new system. I lost my posts three (3) times, because my computer locked up. This never happened under the old system.

    Another irritating consideration was that our corners not only can't seem to get their heads turned to the ball, but they also can't seem to catch when it's right at them---McCourty's drop and Arrington taking one off the noggin!

    RESPONSE: CBs are so concerned with PI and illegal contact calls, that sometimes it affects their concentration. Interceptions become secondary to not drawing a flag. 

     
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    In response to NYC's comment:

    TP

    Good report! Nice to see you giving Tavon Wilson some credit especially after the continual blasting you gave BB for picking him in the 2nd round. 



         I have nothing against Wilson. I hope that the kid justifies his selection at #48, and proves me wrong. He got off to a good start in Tennessee.  
     
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    In response to user_1807930's comment:

    Thanks for posting. I appreciate your information.

    On the Brady/Lloyd miscue, I would like to say that the arms of Sam Bradford and Kellon Clemens from St. Louis could never be confused with Brady's. It may take a little time to become comfortable with new arm strength. Also, I think the safety was to the right of Lloyd, so Tom threw it to the right shoulder.



         I have to disagree. This play reminded me so much of the SB incompletion to Welker, in that games' closing minutes. Let me put it to you like this: If Peyton Manning had missed a wide open receiver the way that Brady missed Lloyd, would we all be straining to cut Peyton some slack? Brady is given the benefit of the doubt because he's Brady. But,  objectively speaking, it was a very poor throw.     

     
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         Here's a report card on the Titans...grading how they performed against the Pats: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120909/SPORTS01/120909016/Tennessee-Titans-report-card-vs-Patriots
     
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    Good stuff TP, but like many others here I think that pass to Lloyd  he misjudged it and then tried to make an acrobatic catch...As I recall if my memory serves me well, I've read some article on Lloyd stating that he sometimes makes the easy catches look difficult just so that he can make a highlight reel catch...Don't know how true is this but that pass was put on the right spot he just need it to keep running.
     
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