Patriots Week One: Three Up, Three Down

Three Up

Matt Cassel
If he keeps stringing up 100+ QB ratings, I think New England will be just fine. Cassel has strengths that Belichick and McDaniels will tailor the Patriots gameplan towards.

Jerod Mayo
Six solo tackles is what the stat sheet says, but no visible mistakes for a rookie in Belichick’s defense is wonderful. Look for Mayo to start making big plays soon.

Ellis Hobbs
A great kickoff return, some big hits, and a crucial interception all add up to a monster day from Ellis Hobbs the third. The former Iowa St. Cyclone running back is still refining his cornerback game, and the improvement is visible.

Three Down

Patriots Crowd
Maybe it was Tom Brady’s injury, but other than the final four plays of the game, the crowd was pretty dead. We were expecting a lot more on third down.

Kevin Faulk
If Kevin Faulk is in the game, Bernard Pollard never makes it to Tom Brady’s knee. We believe in forgive and forget, but we hope you enjoyed your fun Kevin.

Sammy Morris
Morris had a strong running day, but was awful on blitz pickup, allowing the Chiefs to hammer Matt Cassel after Tom Brady had already been taken out.

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