1) Tom Brady -- 22 of
33 for 432 yards 4 TDs 0 INTs and a 151.8 passer rating.
By far Brady's best outing of the year.
-- 26 carries for 115 yards and a pair of TDs.
Ridley ran hard, ran in control, and his stretch over the
line for his second TD was all effort. He may have lost a
but that didn't stop the team from letting Ridley do
what he does well, ground and pound.
3) Rob Gronkowski --
Perhaps Gronk's defing play wasn't a hug catch deep,
wasn't his touchdown, but was defined by a 3rd and 7 catch in
third quarter, when Gronk dragged his defender for an extra yard to get
8 on the play. Three plays later the Patriots put the game
reach, going up 41-24. That physicality is what the team needed at the
Mentions: (too many)
-- career day, 5 (of 9) receptions for
130 yards and two TDs.
-- 4 receptions on 4 targets for 122 yards and a TD
Blount -- 5 runs for 47 yards (9.4 avg) and a TD. His final score, he
willed the team to victory refusintg to be tackled.
though they gave up yards, Andre
Carter 1 sack on his teturn, Chandler Jones 2
sacks, Dane Fletcher
a sack, Duron Harmon
an INT, Devin McCourty
-- heck of a return
Ridley's Fumbling Issue -- this is a problem that doesn't seem to be
going away for the Patriots' leading back. He's continued to
give away the ball at inopportune times.
Injury Bug -- the Patriots struggle to keep players healthy.
(thumb) and Rob
Ninkovich (foot) both went out
with injuries against Pittsburgh, though Gregory's seemed to be more
serious. Newly acquired WR Austin Collie
suffered a knee
-- a healthy scratch? It is a bit of a
disappointment that Thompkins wasn't suited up to play against the
Steelers in a game where the Patriots needed multiple three and four
Steelers defense -- what was that?