Extra Points

1st half analysis

Analysis from the first half, with the Patriots leading 19-10:

This has been a chippy game, with tempers escalating on both sides at times. The injury to safety Rodney Harrison (severity unknown) is naturally of major concern to the Patriots.

Coach Bill Belichick had a long, animated discussion with the side judge of the officiating crew on his way off the field. Belichick looked to be upset.

The Patriots have mixed and matched their personnel, although the majority of starters have played throughout the first half, including Tom Brady playing every offensive snap. Corey Dillon has been one of the day’s big stars, with both a 21-yard rushing score and a career-high 52-yard reception on a screen. Offensively, the Patriots are moving the ball well, although they twice stalled in the red zone, which has generally been an area of strength this season.


Defensively, the Patriots have had some trouble with RB Travis Henry, but have played tough in the red zone to keep points down.

The special teams punt coverage unit let the team down, though, by giving up a TD at the end of the second quarter. A better directional punt from Todd Sauerbrun — who cranked the ball deep downfield that seemed to make things harder on the coverage unit — could have avoided that situation.

The Titans get the ball to start the second half.


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