Patriots vs Redskins: The Other Stuff

I think we all know by now that Tom Brady has a “sore shoulder”. We will not get any information from the Patriots on this issue. So instead of trying to parse Bill Belichick’s language, we’re going to focus on a few of the other things we saw during last night’s game.

Defensive Line Play-
Vince Wilfork looked like he had something to prove out there, even though he is arguably the top nose tackle in the league. Two Redskins continually could do nothing to keep him from bottling up play after play. The 4-Man front has looked very good this preseason.

Defensive Backfield Play-
Inconsistent at best, the d-backs need to improve greatly before we face the Bills an T.O. on opening day. Jonathan Wilhite’s 99-yard interception return for a touchdown will make many people forget about the bad plays of many of his colleagues, as Leigh Bodden and Darius Butler were beat early and often by the speedy Santana Moss.


Linebacker Play-
As I tweeted about last night, Jerod Mayo (Gary Guyton too) has a nose for the QB, and the 4-3 alignment gave him some good rush lanes. Pass coverage was terrible for the LB’s though, as Bruschi and others consistently were out of position or just plain beat.

Offensive Play-
The first team looked great, with Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Logan Mankins all playing at a pro-bowl level. Laurence Maroney showed spurts of running hard, but needs to learn to dive for a yard when that is all you can get. Joey Galloway has been a huge disappointment, as the Patriots route-tree has proven to be very daunting for the 15-year veteran. As good as the starters were, the 2nd-string looked pretty bad, mainly due to Kevin O’Connell. Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis and the offensive line, along with a timely punt return by rookie Pat Chung, led to the two 2nd-half scores for the Patriots.

With two weeks to iron things out for the starters in preparation for the Buffalo Bills, I’m sure that Bill Belichick will have the Patriots in prime position to begin another great season.

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2 Responses to “Patriots vs Redskins: The Other Stuff”

  1. Admin says:

    In the 3-4, I think Guyton will start. In the 4-3, I see Guyton, Woods, and TBC all getting playing time based on the situation. I have been very happy with Tully’s play.

  2. Justin says:

    I saw that Guyton was starting at OLB in the 4-3. Do you see him starting starting over Woods in that formation.? Do you also see him as the second ILB in the 3-4?

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