Game Balls & Goats: Week 3 Bills

Tom Brady (Getty)

Patriots lose to the Bills 31-34 in a shootout. Who did well and who didn't? We hand out our patented Game Balls and Goats.

Each week we offer our take on the game handing out awards called Game Balls (good things) and Goats (not good things).   Awards can be given for anything from players, coaches and officials to the announcers or even the weather.  Here are  ours, check the link below to voice yours or read what others are saying.

GAME BALLS

Tom BradyTom gets a game ball despite the negative plays (more on that later), because he just set an NFL record for most passing yards in the first three games of the season.  Brady is slowly creeping up on breaking every NFL passing record out there.  This time he passed Drew Brees' record of 1,257 set in 2006.

Wes WelkerWelker had a huge game.  Overshadowed by the loss, Welker converted four crucial plays that made the game closer than it could have been.  #1) A 4th3rd and 6 from NE22, Welker caught a 23 yarder to get drive going. Pats only led by 7 at that point heading into the 4th.   #2) Welker caught a tough 5-yard catch at BU 36  on 4th-4 with 8:18 left in 4th with NE down 24-31. #3) on 3rd-7 same drive Brady looked to walker for a 1st down when he had misfired to other wideouts, converted for a 1st at the BUF13.  #4) on same drive, Welker caught a TD on 4th-goal from the 6.   He finished with 16 catches for 217 yards and 2 TDs. (Career day)

Special teams – Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski kept the dangerous Bills returners at bay with5 touchbacks and a key FG.  Zoltan Mesko booted punts of 47, 57 and 36-yarder to the Buf 6.  Overcame injuries to play well.  Julian Edelman returned 3 punts for 10.3 avg. No muffs, and manages 3 KO returns for 21.0 avg.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Rob Gronkowskibig day for the big guy. 7 catches for 109 yards and 2 TDs.
Kyle Arrington - 2 INT day, a solid outing for the Patriots DB.

GOATS

Patriots Secondary – Horrible day. Gave up big plays to allow Bills to tie, then solidify the win with huge plays in the fourth quarter.   Sergio Brown, Kyle arrington, Leigh Bodden all had blown plays.  Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards, making NE  the worst pass defense in the NFL (pending outcome of late games).

Sergio Brown –
beaten on numerous coverage plays, his pass interference penalty gave the Bills the ball on the Patriots 1 with less than 2 mins to go.

Tom Brady – 4 interceptions.  Tipped or not, Brady still threw two key picks in the red zone, blowing scoring opportunities that could have solidified the game.  A career low for TB12.

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS:

Refs – No explanation for the charged timeout to the Patriots with the game in it's final minutes.  The crowd had no idea why the Patriots were charged with that time out. It changed the way the game ended.
Pass rush – Non-existent.  Despite some occasional impressive moves, the Patriots let Ryan Fitzpatrick take his time to pick apart the secondary. If the DBs get blamed, a good deal of the responsibility belongs on the lack of pressure.



 

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