LB Matt Chatham took advantage of some of the injuries in front of him on the depth chart and earned his first career start at outside linebacker. He also put forth a solid performance in emergency duty. "Matt did a good job (Sunday), but he's been playing behind Rosevelt Colvin, Mike Vrabel and Willie McGinest. Those are pretty good football players," Belichick said. "Matt has good size, he's athletic and he's smart. He keeps showing up. Sunday was his best chance to play and he did a solid job."
CB Asante Samuel was called for a block in the back in the first half of the win over Tennessee on a play where Troy Brown returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. After watching the film, an annoyed Belichick simply said, "I didn't see much there. I don't know what they called." That's more opinion than Belichick generally offers in regards to the officiating. The call obviously irked him.
RB Mike Cloud surprised even Belichick with his impressive showing Sunday. Cloud came off the bench to replace an injured Antowain Smith and ran seven times for 73 yards and two touchdowns. "He showed some of that quickness in practice," Belichick said. "That's why we activated him. I wouldn't have predicted he'd average 10 yards per carry though."
PK Adam Vinatieri has already missed as many field goals as he did all of last season when he led the league with a 90 percent success rate (27-for-30). His two misses Sunday came in a nasty swirling crosswind that clearly gave him some trouble. After missing from 34 and 39 yards, Vinatieri made his most difficult kick, a 48-yarder into the swirling wind that split the uprights.
DT Dan Klecko is starting to emerge. He spent the first two weeks on the inactive list before injuries forced him onto the field. Sunday against Tennessee, Klecko, playing in his third game, made his most significant contribution yet with three tackles that netted Tennessee minus five yards. "I'm starting to get used to it," Klecko said. "It took a couple of games in college and of course it's going to take some time to adjust to the pro game. I'm starting to get some confidence. I'm not saying I'm a great player. I'm just going to work hard and do whatever they ask."
S Aric Morris injured his foot in the game and will be evaluated as the week progresses. Other than Ty Law, who missed part of the third and fourth quarters after aggravating his sore ankle, Morris was the only injury the Patriots suffered in the game.