NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
Three impressive defensive showings should shut critics up for now, right? Probably not. Here are some thoughts on week 6:
-Ryan-lead defenses give Brady fits, but now Brady’s got two weeks to prepare for Pittsburgh. That’ll be a great game. Pittsburgh’s defense might look easy compared to the Jets and Cowboys.
-I thought Welker would be able to destroy Orlando Scandrick. Boy was I wrong. Great game from Scandrick.
-As much was made about Dallas’ run defense, the Pats still managed 100 yards with a beat up BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
-Hernandez seems to have a bit of a fumbling problem, but he’s an otherwise incredible player. There was a first down he got in the second quarter that I’m convinced no one else in the league could have converted. It required his combination of breaking a tackle, stepping back, making a move and charging forward.
-Both teams did a great job of spreading the ball around, especially Dallas. That’s going to be the way to beat the Patriots zone defense, but it wasn’t enough.
-Brandon Spikes did a nice job blitzing today. We saw some of those similar blitzes in preseason with Jerod Mayo.
-Andre Carter continued to be a beast at DE in run coverage and with two sacks. The pass rush in general was very impressive early, but tailed off as the game continued.
-Patriots did a great job against the run and it wasn’t just because of Felix Jones’ injury. Jones was doing nothing against the Patriots’ defense. It’s a great sign that Tony Romo had the only run longer than 8 yards.
-This team needs a clinic on tackling. At times it seems like Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Jerod Mayo are the only ones who can wrap up.
-Penalties and turnovers almost killed the Patriots, but they proved once again they don’t always need to win the turnover battle to win the game.
-New England continued to give up big plays through the air. That was to be expected against the numerous Dallas weapons.
-At least we saw a glimpse of Taylor Price and Shane Vereen today, right? Baby steps.
-Ochocinco continues to look lost in the offense.
-I thought the defensive line in general looked great today. They’re the best unit by far on defense so far and do a lot to bail out the linebackers and secondary.
I’ll have more tomorrow in my six keys to victory. I’ll also be charting the Patritots secondary tonight. I’ll post my findings on twitter and in my post tomorrow.