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Posted by Albert Breer  August 20, 2010 10:14 AM

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ILB Jerod Mayo: The Patriots got smoked early on checkdowns, and you have to start to wonder about their ability to defend the pass on early downs with their big personnel out there. The Parcells/Belichick style of 3-4 defenses traditionally struggle some against teams that can hurt you in that way in the passing game, and Atlanta could and did. It starts with Mayo and also rookie Brandon Spikes, who mitigated damage by closing and tackling well, but weren't close to balls thrown in the area until it was too late.

S Brandon McGowan: McGowan can be reckless at times, and there was one such example last night in the fourth quarter. The safety came up too hard on receiver Troy Bergeron, and wound up running into Terrence Wheatley and knocking him out of the picture. That cleared the way for a 19-yard touchdown. Had he been more under control, either he or Wheatley could've easily made the play.
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