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Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats

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Posted: 12/21/2009 1:49 AM

Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats 


If you know the Drill, post your own nominations. 
Rules: Nominate up to 3 GAME BALLS (good things) and 3 GOATS (bad things) for the game. Honorable mentions and dishonorable mentions encouraged.

 

GAME BALLS

 

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Honorable Mentions:

 

 

 

GOATS

 

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DIshonorable Mentions:

 

Posted: 12/21/2009 3:26 AM

Re: Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats 


Only saw a few minutes of the game, so my impressions are based on that plus the stats and highlights.

Game Balls

1) Moss. For his game and his post-game remarks - eloquent and edgy at the same time.

2) Tully Banta-Cain. 3 sacks. Watching him reminded me a bit of Bruschi - that same determination.

3) Maroney. "Only" 81 yards, but he's carrying the ground game and doing pretty well at it.

Honorables:

  • Burgess - led the team in tackles (6) and had a sack - not bad for a guy who was all but invisible before the Snow Day
  • The Titans for beating the 'Phins
  • The Falcons for beating the Jets
  • The Raiders for beating the Broncos

Goats


1) Brady. Still under-throwing the ball. 11/23 for 115 yards? He has two weeks to fix that or he's going to do a Dirty Sanchez in the first playoff game against a decent D.

2) OC. Moss and Welker were pretty much the passing game. No catches for TE's or any other WR. Still going for the long-ball on 3rd-and-short.

3) DC. Even the jerks in the booth are pointing out that there's confusion on the field in the Pats defense.

Dishonorables:
  • The Chiefs for giving Benito a win (Hairston has 286 yds rushing for the Browns compared to 66 yards passing for the team - wow)
  • The Packers for not beating the Steelers
  • The Bengals for not beating the Chargers
  • Benito Ratman von Blowhole Mangina on general principles

Posted: 12/21/2009 7:45 AM

Re: Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats Post Rating (1 vote)


Balls:

Maroney

Moss

Wright

hon men:  Welker, Banta Cain

Goats:

the Moss "quit" crowd

Brace - looks useless

offensive play calling

Posted: 12/21/2009 10:43 AM

Re: Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats Post Rating (1 vote)


Game Balls:

1. TBC: 3 sacks and plenty of pressure
2. Maroney: Ran hard and had another TD
3. Moss: had a good not great game but quieted some critics.


Goats:

1. Brace: strengh was supposed to be a (no pun intended) strong suit of yours. Holding up in that gap was supposed to be your thing. You were getting pushed around like a rag doll. So disappointing. To think I was glad that the Patriots were able to select you in the second round. I had you as a sleeper. Now I think I was the one sleeping.

2. Brady: bad game. Under throwing, looking a little unbradylike many times.  (The Bills D may have something to do with that as they took away Welker) Then you have to fins other people. Someone please remind the Patriost that they had tight ends.

3. OC/DC. How is it that it is December, two games left in the regular season and the team still looks confused on both sides of the ball?

Honorable mention: the same people dogging Moss not dogging TO.

Posted: 12/21/2009 12:28 PM

Re: Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats 


Game Balls

1) O-line: Run blocking was very good and Brady had plenty of time he just missed a bit.
2) Maroney:  I was of the mind that he would be gone after this year.  Healthy he has been a savior for this team.
3) Tully Banta Cain:  This guy is turning into a very good pass rusher.  A little more work and we may be talking about him in the same lines with Peppers, Schobel and Freeney.

Honorable Mentions:
Randy Moss:  5 catches for 70 yards and a TD...it was good but not stellar.
DC:  The creativity on the defensive side of the ball lead to some confusion but also all of the sacks.
OC:  The playcalling was a bit more creative (reverses, running from different formations, lining up Rb's wide) than in previous weeks but the Offense needs to all be on the same page.

Goats:
Tom Brady:  If it hurts to throw the ball long...don't do it.
Dropped passes:  Aiken, Faulk, Moss and Welker all dropped passes or this game is a little more open.

Posted: 12/23/2009 12:08 AM

Re: Patriots - Bills: Game Balls and Goats Post Rating (1 vote)


From the front page

GAME BALLS


1) Tully Banta-Cain - TBC single-handedly put the heat on the Bills offensive line to disrupt Buffalo's offense. TBC finished the night with a team-high 3 sacks. The team also finished with three. Banta-Cain now has 8.5 sacks on the season, a new career high.

 

2) Randy Moss - even after a week of criticism, some of it undeserved, Moss managed to find a way to get back into the game plan on Sunday. Though his stats were not awe-inspiring (5 rec. 70 yards, 1 YD), a deep pass intended for him resulted in a crucial pass interference play that setup New England's first score. The score was an impressive fingertip, toe-tap catch in the back of the end zone two plays after the PI call.

 

3) Laurence Maroney - Critics of Maroney have been merciless in their evaluations of his performances in seasons past. Those same critics have been slow to praise give him approval this season, despite the obvious improved effort he has shown on the field. Maroney fights hard for yards after contact, often carrying a defender or two an extra yard as he fights for a longer gain. Maroney finished Sunday with 23 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown (his 9th of the season).

Honorable Mentions:

Wes Welker - Punt returns, catches in traffic and another crucial first down, which allowed the team to seal the game.

Mike Wright - Stepped in on the defensive line in place of the missing Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork. Finished with 6 tackles (5 solo) and a sack, earning praise from his head coach.

 

James Sanders - After not starting most of the season, Sanders has turned in back-to-back solid performances for New England. Solid on special teams, Sanders added 6 tackles and a forced fumble on Sunday.

 

Jonathan Wilhite - Nice job of staying in bounds while breaking on the ball to make an interception at the NE 36. Gave Pats momentum to go up 14-3 at the half.


GOATS


1) Patriots Run Defense - The Patriots fared relatively well against the Bill's running game, but too often, the Bills were able to get 4 to 5 yards at a clip. The first drive Buffalo had no problem marching down the field behind a rag-tag offensive line. Buffalo ran 10 of their 14 plays to move the ball to the NE 2 before a false start ruined another run which should have been a TD. Buffalo finished with 203 carries for 105 yards (4.6 avg.).

 

2) Fourth Quarter Offense - The Patriots fourth quarter offense was anemic, going three-and-out on 3 out of their 4 opportunities. Compounding the situation was Brady's decision to try to tried hit receivers deep when a first down would have sufficed. IN the first series, Brady missed Randy Moss deep on a 3rd-and-4 from NE 15. The next series Brady underthrew Wes Welker short on a 3rd-and-6 at NE33. The next series, Brady threw deep to Sam Aiken (who couldn't hold on) on a 3rd-and-11 at the NE 10. That gaffe led to Buffalo's first TD of the game on Buffalo's next possession turning the game into a one-score contest.

 

3) Special teams - The Patriots coverage units allowed Buffalo an average starting position of their own 38, while New England's return units could only muster average field position of their own 25. The gaffe by Sam Aiken on the onside kick late was negated by an offside penalty vs Buffalo. Else, this unit could have been responsible for a the play that allowed Buffalo a final chance to tie the game.

 

Dishonorable Mentions:
Ron Brace - facemask negated a sack by Gary Guyton and his struggles holding the point of attack on the first drive at NT, gave Bills momentum in running game.

 

Sam Aiken - a late drop on offense and the muffed catch on Buffalo's onside kick, could have been huge negatives.

 

Tom Brady - a subpar outing in the second half almost gave Buffalo enough life to get back into the mix. Throwing deep balls when short passes would have sufficed has hurt the team time and again. The results indicate that Brady needs to gamble less when the game is on the line. Brady's INT gave Buffalo life early.