Vs Raiders: Part I.
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Raiders started out with the ball and lined up in a Singleback. The Pats
matched up in a 3-3 Nickel. They ran the ball. Lynch bounced it outside
instantly. He straight armed Van Noy, ran over Richards, and then was
taken down by Harris. That was great run.
and 6, the Raiders lined up in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-4
with a Chung in the box. They ran Lynch off tackle to the other side, He
powered forward behind his blockers, and powered into Branch, Harris,
Flowers, and Van Noy for a powerful 1st.
and 1, Bunched up Singleback. 3-3 Nickel with five guys on the line. Lynch
got the first down much too easily. 1st and 10, the Raiders lined up in a
4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 3-2 Dime. Van Noy got
pressure on a bull rush. "It
draws the team closer," Van Noy said about the two week circus trip
to Mexico via Colorado. "You're spending all day with them. You're
eating every meal with them. And so you get to know teammates better, and
have a better time," He forced Carr to dump it off outside.
and 8, the Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched
up in a 3-3 Nickel with both safeties up in the box. Richards and Jonathon
Jones brought him down.
and 5, the Raiders lined up in a bunched up 4-wide strong shotgun. The
Pats matched up in a 3-2 Dime with five guys on the line. There was no
pressure Carr hit Seth Roberts in the hands. He dropped it to force the
and 10, the Pats lined up in a I with Dion. "He’s had a pretty good
year," BB said. "He did a lot of good things for us in training
camp, we gave him a significant amount of playing time in the preseason
games, including kickoff returns, so I think he’s done a pretty good job
all year." They ran Dion up the middle for a couple.
and 10, the Pats lined up a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady threw it quickly
to Cooks. "Nobody works harder than Brandin," BB said. "He
has the speed an acceleration to create mismatches and does everything
well, from slants, outs and deep passes. He’s been a good player for
us." He turned up field fast, but couldn't get the first.
Pats lined up Empty on 3rd and 3, Brady hit Amendola crossing over the
middle. He turned up field for the First.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak. Brady dumped it off to
Burkhead. He ran through a couple defenders for a few. "It's
different being out here all week preparing," Burkhead said,
"but I think it's definitely beneficial for the team and something
that will help us out for the week in preparation for Oakland." 2nd
and 6, the Pats lined up Empty. Brady had a ton of time. Then had to
dumped it off to Burkhead. He turned up field for the First.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. White danced outside for a
cloud of dust. 2nd and 5, the Pats are using pace. They lined up quickly
in a stacked up strong shotgun. Brady dumped the ball off to the one armed
Bennett. He fought for a few. 3rd and 1, Big ugly Singleback. Brady gave
it to White, and he cut behind Thuney and Solder for the First.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Strong formation. "I don’t know if
there’s like a specific moment where you kind of realize where a player
coming off of an injury has resumed a previous form or percentage or what
have you," McDaniels said about Dion. "I just think we’ve been
trying to give him opportunity to work back in over the last two years and
do the things that he does well." Brady gave it to Lewis. He hopped
to the line danced backwards, and then dived forward.
and 11, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. Brady dropped and threw to
No-Hands Allen. "I felt like the ball was beating me up or me beating
the ball up, I wasn't catching it," Allen said. "It felt
amazing. It felt amazing to get that monkey off my back, and start heading
into a positive direction. It's all about consistency." He seemed to
find his hands as he has just caught two passes in a row.
and 6, the Pats motioned into a 4-Wide Weak. "I think the guys made a
lot of great plays," Brady said. "I was just trying to deliver
it to them. Our defense played great. Special teams played really well.
Had some real critical swings there with the turnovers. But it was a good
game by us. Happy we came on the road and beat another good team."
Brady shipped a perfect pass to Amendola on a Post, and he got another
and 10, at the 28, the Pats lined up in an I. Burkhead burst up the middle
like a crackhead on roller skates. He was near a First when he got
hammered by Treyvon Hester. Hester ripped the ball out.
our guys try to protect the football at all times," McDaniels said.
"Look, things happen in this game. We know how important ball
security is to winning and losing, so it’s a critical aspect of what we
do. We also understand that things do happen and we have confidence in all
our guys. [Burkhead] went back in there, carried the ball again and he
will continue to do that. You look at all those things as they come and
try to make the best decision for the team, and Coach will always do
No-Hands Allen dived on it, and was able to grab and hold onto a ball for
the third straight time in two games! "I hope it's a lesson for a lot
of young guys, honestly," Allen said. "I came into this league
wide-eyed and bushy tailed and thought everything was going to be given to
me. You come here to a winning football club and you learn that it takes
self-sacrifice. You have to give up yourself for the benefit of the team.
That's what it's all about. Sometimes, you're awarded a touchdown."
Now I've seen everything.
and 2, the Pats rush around into a 4-Wide Weak. They set up a little badly
blocked screen. Bowman took Lewis down behind the line. 3rd and 6, the
Pats lined up Empty. White motioned next to Brady. Brady stepped up into
the pocket. Then fired a rocket into Philip Dorsett's hands. The ball
bounced out of his hands. But he was saved as a flag flew across the
and 10 at the 19, the Pats lined up in a Strong formation. Brady give it
to Lewis and he dived down into the box. "And really that’s up to
Dion, to tell us where he’s at, how he feels and what he’s capable of
doing," McDaniels said. "And he’s done a great of not only
working back from an injury, but also: communicating, working hard,
practices well, and does a lot of things to try to get better. [Dion]
deserves all the credit for the work he’s put in. Again, I don’t know
where’s at relative to what he was, that’s not necessarily anyone’s
concern. He’s playing well and he’s got a good, solid role on our team
and he does whatever we ask him to do to help us win each
and 6, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady pumped fake
left. Then snapped back and hit Lewis in the flat. He danced, and juked,
and leaped into the endzone for an electric slide touchdown. Pats-7
and 10, the Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-3 Nickel with four guys on the line. Carr threw the ball to
Patterson. "J. Jones was in on all of them," McCourty said.
"He’s been a big X-factor, I think, every time he’s gotten in
defensively and obviously in the kicking game." He ran over Jonathan
Jones. But J. Jones was able to trip him up.
and 4, the Raiders lined up in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-3
Nickel with four guys on the line. They ran up the gut for too much.
Harris, Roberts, Guy, and Flowers finally conspired to take him down.
started falsely. Then lined up Empty on 1st and 15. The Pats matched up
3-2 Dime with all five guys looking like they were coming. Flowers hit
Carr as he threw. "All that is cool, it's different, some things I've
never seen before," Trey Flowers said. "But we're focusing on
the Raiders, and trying to get these wins." He knocked the ball
wildly out of Carr's hand.
and 15, the Raiders line up in a 2-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-3 Nickel. Carr dumped it off to Richards, and Van Noy concussed him
to the ground.
and 11, the Raiders lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched
up in a 3-2 Dime. They sent all five. Carr tried to go deep to Holton.
"Jonathan is definitely one of my favorite teammates over the
years," Slater said. "He just comes in, doesn’t say a whole
lot, works his butt off, and he’s a very, very valuable player to this
team. I think you guys are starting to see that a little bit more now, but
that’s what we’ve known for a long time as his teammates." But
Jones leaped up and punched the ball out.
tracked the pop up down for essentially a punt/INT. "Jonathan Jones
is in on all of them. He's been a big X factor every time he got in,
defensively and obviously in the kicking game. It's something we talk
about every week. Obviously, playing solid defense, executing the game
plan, but changing the game with turnovers," McCourty said.
"Even Duron's interception was a 3rd down play. So it was kind of
like a punt. But the energy it brings. When the offense takes the field
after we get a turnover, that's huge." Maybe the biggest play in this
short lived game.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran play action to Dion.
He ran through the line and turned around. Brady hit him in the box. He
turned up field for the First.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Weak formation. They run play action, and
Brady got sacked. 2nd and 18, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran
play action. Brady threw a bullet to Cooks. He leaped up and took it in
the gut for close to a First. 3rd and less than 5, the Raiders jumped off
sides for an automatic Patriots 1st down.
and 10, the Pats lined up in an I. They ran Dion on a Smash. He barely
reached the LOS. 2nd and 10, the Pats lined up in Singleback. They ran
play action. Brady hit the one armed Bennett running out to the flat.
and 5. the Pats motioned into a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady had time and
went too deep towards Cook. He just couldn't reach it to force the punt.
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