NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
For all the Chiefs fans that complain about Matt Cassel… it could be worse; Tyler Palko proved that.
The Patriots started out slow, as we’ve grown accustomed to lately, but when they come on late, they come on strong.
Here are some quick hit thoughts on tonight’s game:
-In the first quarter Brady looked off again, Gronk couldn’t catch and the Chiefs were exploiting the Patriots defense with no huddle and draws, that didn’t last.
-It was against a very poor offense, but this was by far the best Patriots defensive effort of the year. The Patriots now have five strong performances in their last six games.
-Julian Edelman is an interesting player on defense. He’s a physical corner, but he also has to be told what to do on every play.
-What a game by Gronkowski. He proves every week that he’s the best TE in football already.
-Kyle Arrington gets the luckiest interceptions I’ve ever seen… consistently! He had another nice game tonight, he’s the most improved Patriots player this year.
-Shane Vereen looked solid on the final drive. Similar to Ridley’s first couple plays we saw this year. Those two could be a great future combination for the Patriots.
-Green-Ellis started out slow, but anytime he has 20 carries, you know he’s going to be averaging over 4.0 per carry.
-Near no-show from Welker, but when the opposition is concentrating on him, it opens up Gronk, Hernandez, Woodhead, etc.
-Andre Carter and Mark Anderson weren’t quite as explosive as they were last week, but between them, they still wound up with 2 sacks.
-Brady got sacked three times, it wasn’t he strongest game for Dan Connolly or Sebastian Vollmer. Tamba Hali and Wallace Gilberry are quality pass rushers though.
-Mayo had a very Mayo-like game. He was all over the field.
-Sterling Moore continues to not be completely exploited at safety and it’s very telling that Ross Ventrone came in for Ihedigbo when he was injured. Sergio Brown might as well not be on the depth chart at safety.
-More penalties from Mankins. That’s concerning.
-Julian Edelman finally showed off his skills on his punt return TD. He’s got great elusiveness when he’s in open space.
-It was really nice to see Marcus Cannon playing some RT.
I’ll have more tomorrow with my six keys to victory. Big win, gotta beat the teams we’re supposed to beat.