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Patriots 38, Eagles 20: Postgame report

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  November 27, 2011 10:54 PM

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PHILADELPHIA – The beat goes on. Really nice well-rounded win by the Patriots over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Let’s take a quick look back:

WHY DID THE PATRIOTS WIN?

After some initial confusion on the first two drives, the defense straightened out their assignments, allowed Vince Young to be Vince Young, kept RB LeSean McCoy from being a big factor, and watched the Eagles fold under an avalanche of miscues on both sides of the ball. Oh, and Tom Brady was back to being Tom Brady, Destroyer of NFL Dreams.

INJURY REPORT

  • RT Sebastian Vollmer (right foot) did not return.
  • S James Ihedigbo (shoulder) returned.
THREE THINGS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT
  1. Tom Brady is healthy once again: He struggled for a few weeks with a bone bruise and associated tendinitis, bottoming out against the Giants, but he has improved a little in the previous two games and you could tell he was feeling better agains the Eagles. He came out with the tennis elbow band and completed 24 of 36 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Brady was terrific.
  2. Defense was solid: The Patriots wanted to stop RB LeSean McCoy and he averaged 3.1 yards on the ground, and 7.5 on four receptions. That’s carrying out an assignment and good football.
  3. You aren’t the Eagles: So much talent, so much slop. The Patriots might not be bursting with talent, but at least they get the right guys and execute, for the most part. That formula means they’ll win most games.

THREE THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT

  1. Pass protection: Brady was on the ground a lot early in this game when the result was still in doubt. Still, the line kept Jason Babin and Trent Cole fairly quiet. That’s pretty good.
  2. Third wide receiver:After making solid progress in previous weeks, Chad Ochocinco really looked unprepared against the Chiefs and may now be in the doghouse after being a somewhat healthy scratch. Figured Taylor Price would get a look, but Tiquan Underwood, who was just signed this week, played more and dropped a touchdown pass. It’s a joke what they’re getting out of that position.
  3. That’s all we have.

THREE STARS

  1. QB Tom Brady: It was fun watching him operate at an elite level again, wasn’t it?
  2. CB Kyle Arrington: He had 10 tackles to lead the team – no else had more than four – and two passes defensed. At first blush, that looks pretty good.
  3. WR/DB Julian Edelman: Played with more confidence on defense and came up with a big stop on Vince Young at the 2-yard line in the third quarter. Thanks to the Eagles’ ineptitude, they came away with no points in a crucial spot.

UP NEXT

Indianapolis Colts (0-11), 1 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium

Result: Lost to the Panthers, 27-19. QB Curtis Painter (15 of 29 for 226 yards, 1 TD) threw two late interceptions in the end zone.

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