NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
Remember when Philadelphia was up 10-0? Eagles fans certainly don’t. As one of my followers on twitter said, Bill probably should have stopped scoring if he wanted his buddy Andy to keep his job. That call to trade draft picks this year might be a little colder.
I’ll have my full post game analysis tomorrow, but here’s my quick hit reaction to the game:
-Who knows how this game would have gone if Vick, Maclin and Rodgers-Cromartie had played, and if Jackson and Asomugha had been fully healthy, but this was a pretty dominating performance.
-The offense started slow once again, but at least they had come around by the end of the first quarter. I’d like to see a touchdown on the first drive before this season’s over while they’re still playing some cupcake opponents.
-Julian Edelman is really fun to watch. He was getting defensive snaps for the third week in a row now, and honestly, he’s getting better every week. He’s never fully worked out as a wide receiver, especially since he’s most effective in a role currently filled by some guy named Wes Welker.
-Vince Young finished with 400, but about 130 of those were on the first two drives. People are going to keep talking about how many yards the Pats give up and us fans who actually watch the games can keep laughing. This defense is in tune right now. With all the guff we all gave Belichick for the cuts and the IR decisions, maybe he’s smarter than us every once in a while.
-It was Arrington’s worst game in a while, but mostly because he got beat so badly on that Riley Cooper game. He calmed down a lot and played pretty good for the rest of the game.
-Quiet games from Andre Carter and Mark Anderson, but I expected that going up against Jason Peters and Todd Herremans.
-Slow start from Matt Light, but he shored up in the second half. Nate Solder filled in nicely once Sebastian Vollmer left with injury.
-I have no idea why the Eagles run LeSean McCoy so little. He’s by far the best player on the team. Still, it was a very impressive game for the Patriots run defense despite being without every decent MLB they had on their roster at the beginning of the season.
-I’ll chalk up every game the Patriots run for over 100 yards as a positive. No RB had a great game, but they kept the ball moving and they kept the clock running.
-Tom Brady with five carries! This seems silly, but he seems to be loosening up a little bit this season from his knee injury in 2008.
-Aaron Hernandez had a very solid game. No drops, no fumbles, no mistakes. I felt like he was losing Brady’s trust a little bit and this game proved that we have nothing to worry about. Hernandez knows what Brady likes to see out of him and tonight, he was in the right places at the right times.
Nice win tonight by the Patriots. The scariest opponent left is the Broncos.