NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
I’ve always had a theory that a win never feels as good as a loss feels bad. This one was different.
With all the build up and all the Tebow-mania, this is one of those incredibly gratifying wins for us Patriots fans.
Here are my quick-hit thoughts on the destruction of Tebow and company:
-Hernandez had a huge game last time the Patriots played the Broncos, so instead of showing that again, Gronk was the TE that went off through the air and Hernandez had a great game on the ground. Hernandez had twice as many yards on the ground than any other Patriots RB. That’s so great.
-Spikes had a huge game in his return to everyday action. It was odd to see Niko Koutouvides come in in sub packages instead of Dane Fletcher.
-Gerard Warren, Sterling Moore and Devin McCourty also had great games.
-My man Mark Anderson and had another huge game, I think every Patriots fan had a huge sigh of relief when we found out he wasn’t seriously hurt.
-It was crazy to let Hernandez carry the ball in a goalline situation. He’s never going to have the same awareness as an RB that carries the ball every game. Hopefully that head injury isn’t serious and that he’ll be able to play next week. It would be a huge loss to not have him.
-The Patriots actually didn’t win the turnover battle. Pretty shocking, but it didn’t make too much of a difference, did it?
-Great job by the offensive line, especially Matt Light. He protected Brady from Von Miller very well.
-The pressure the Pats brought on Tebow was great to see. They finished with 15 negative plays, five sacks and eight QB hits.
-Massive game for the Patriots defense overall. Definitely the best game of the year.
-The Patriots killed any hope for the Broncos option to work. Nink especially was not fooled by it whatsoever.
-Brady’s interception was 100% his fault. But he knew it and rebounded it from it incredibly.
-The Patriots finally started off strong. Maybe they should try taking the ball first every game? They still got the extra possession at the end of the game.
-Not many negatives at all to come away from in this game. Now that the Broncos finished 9-9, the Pats still don’t have a win against a winning team.
-As much as I complained about Hernandez taking a goal line carry, I LOVE seeing him in the backfield. He’s one of the most versatile players in the game today and he has great route running out of the backfield.
That’s it for now, I’ll have more sometime this weekend or Monday with my six keys column. Big win for the Patriots. Lets enjoy this one!