NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
I was all set to heap all sorts of praise on the Patriots defense in this one, but if you can’t come up big when it matters the most, then what good was the first three and a half quarters?
I’m not being overdramatic, and I’m not being reactionary, but this team has a good chance of going to 5-4 after next week. The offense can’t bail out the defense and the defense can’t bail out the offense when it matters most.
Here are some of my thoughts on the Giants 24-20 victory over the Patriots:
-Gostkowski’s missed field goal was huge. At the time I was hoping that they would go for it on that 4th down. Well, they didn’t, Gostkowski missed a huge field goal and that meant that the Patriots couldn’t take their time on the 4th quarter drive since the field goal to win wasn’t an option.
-I guess Guyton came out with an injury, which is why White was in on the TD. White bit on the play action because he’s not experienced enough on defense to be playing in that situation. It’s a shame.
-The Patriots pass rush actually looked pretty good today. Eight QB hits, lots of pressure on Eli, but zero sacks. Granted, they looked good all game, but this is a game of inches and when you can’t push the opposing team back with sacks, this is what happens.
-Brandon Deaderick played a nice game, he looked a lot better than Shaun Ellis.
-If Brandon Spikes hadn’t gotten injured, I believe we win this game. Hopefully Spikes isn’t out for long.
-There was absolutely no excuse for Sergio Brown’s pass interference. Unfortunately Barrett’s injury flared up and Chung was getting an injury checked out. I’d rather have Ross Ventrone play safety than Sergio Brown at this point though.
-I thought McCourty and Arrington played good games. Arrington had a bad PI call and let up the TD, but as Tom Curran of CSNNE said, it’s kind of the nature of the beast for a CB.
-I’m not sure what the mindset was to have Ryan Wendell in at center, but he looked bad. Lets keep Connolly in there please.
-Both sides of the line played poorly today, but I’d rather see Nate Solder at this point than Vollmer. Vollmer has looked slow since coming back from the back injury.
-Brady played a great 2nd half, but there’s really no excuse for how he played in the first half. Both interceptions were completely on him. Hopefully he’s hurt, I’d hate to be seeing the beginning of his regression.
-Will Brady and Ochocinco ever be on the same page? Brady keeps trying to get him the ball and he keeps messing up. It looks like a joke out there whenever Ocho is targeted. I want him to do well, it would really benefit the offense, but that connection is not there right now.
-On a positive note, the Patriots DID look good for the first three and a half quarters of that game. I’m not sure if it was fresh legs with Deaderick, getting Mayo back, having Phillip Adams, not having to play against Diehl, Nicks and Bradshaw but they were playing as well as they have all season.
This team will make the playoffs, and trust me, I’m not writing them off yet. But there are some problems right now with the offensive line, and there’s still some serious holes in defending the pass. And it’s not the fault of the pass rush. They’re getting pressure, but it’s the quick short passes the Patriots have such trouble defending.
I’ll have more tomorrow on my six keys to defeat.