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and 10 at the 46, the Pats lined up in a 2-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady had to
put it together fast. The blocking had been great, and he had been
terrible. Brady got sacked from behind by Crick with a vicious hit. He
knocked the ball out and Thuney dived on it.
Brady just needs to be hit to start playing well. "It was tough.
They're a good defense, but we made plays when we had to," Brady said
about his 0-for in the 1st quarter. "We played complimentary
football. The defense played a hell of a game, special teams did well, so
it was a good complimentary win. You know when you come here, you're on
the road, this is a hostile environment, they have a good set of fans
here, so you know it's going to go down to the wire. We haven't won much
here, so it was just good to come in here and get a ‘W'." In an odd
way the best QBs often need that first hit to get going.
and 13, the Pats in a Twins-Twins Weak shotgun. Brady finally threw a nice
pass. He hit Edelman right in the gut. Edelman turned up field and ran for
the First. Brady had gone 0-for-6 in the 1st Quarter. That was his first
completed pass of the game.
have to be half crazy to play QB in the NFL. You not only have to be able
to take the big hit, like Brady did on 1st down, you have to like it. You
have to be able to get up after the big hit, and complete the next pass,
like Brady did on 2nd down. The greats often need that first hit to rattle
their brain a little before they can play right. Brady certainly need that
hit in this game.
and 10 at the 33, the Pat in an I, with Blount behind Develin. They ran
power. He skipped through the line and to the second level, and the refs
called an asinine holding on Andrews to try and end the drive.
and 20, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Blount chipped on
Miller, and then Chipped on the DT as well. He stuck his shoulder pad
right in Miller's gut and he was done. Brady lofted a pass to Edelman
15-yards down field that looked like it had no chance. But it was a
perfect throw to Edelman who was being doubled. He leaped up with both
hands, pulled it in, and somehow got both feet down.
and 5, Empty. Brady had a ton of time. He finally spotted Edelman on a
jerk route over the middle, being doubled again. He hit him in the gut for
his third straight completion, and a great 1st down after the asinine
drive killing holding call on Andrews.
Pats lined up Empty at the 16. The Broncos rushed three and the O-line
statues them. Brady finally had to take off, as the coverage was great. He
spotted Develin in the flat and zipped him the ball. Develin turned up
field and powered inside the 5-yard line.
and goal from the 3 and half, the Pat lined up in a big ugly I. Dion
slipped to the right, and burst to the left. "I think all those guys
played really well. Dion, LeGarrette, James all played well," Hogan
said. "They're such a valuable part of this offense because they can
do so many things with the ball in their hands. Hats off to our offensive
line. They blocked really well. We had a lot of positive plays today and
not a lot going backwards. That's really due to them blocking." It
looked like he was going to score.
reached out, and put the ball over the goal line, no whistle. The ball hit
the ground, no whistle. The ball popped out after he was on the ground, no
whistle. "He's been through a lot," Solder said about Dion.
"It's a testament to how hard he works, and the kind of person that
he is. He's a good teammate." Luckily, the ball bounced back into his
arms and he scooped it in.
called it a fumble not a TD, and spotted he ball on the 1 and half, and
not inside the One. "Honestly I don't have the time to answer the
question about what we tell our players about handling the ball and so
forth," BB said. "We spend a significant amount of time talking
about: ball security, how to handle the ball, particularly around the goal
line, relative to the goal line, end line, pylons, so forth and so on, on
both sides of the ball. [On] offense, and defense, and the kicking
game for that matter. [The] impetus of the ball and all of that. I mean,
all of these subjects are at some place here related, so yeah, we talk
about all of those things and the decisions that the players make with
them and so forth. We've covered them all." I'm giving the refs three
Pats stayed Big Ugly I. They motioned the TE Matt Lengel into the
backfield next to Develin. Blount ran right up the gut. Lengel actually
had a great block. Blount got slammed at the line. Redirected and lowered
his head, and scored the all time single season rushing TD record with 15.
was a great run by Blount. "We knew it was go g to be a grind, but we
know we had to run the ball," Bennett said. "I thought the
offensive line, Develin did a great job at fullback. Matt [Lengel] came in
and a lot of guys came in and made a lot of different plays, whether it
was the receivers banging the safeties, it was just a group effort today.
Everyone bought in and everyone just stuck to it. No one was worried about
getting the ball, where the ball was going, not that we ever do, but we
just wanted to do whatever it took to win." Pats-10. Broncos-3. Rocky
Mountain Oyster Refs-6.
and 10, the Broncos lined up in a 3-Wide Weak Shotgun. The Pats matched up
with a 3-3 Nickel with a Chung in the box, and five guys on the line. They
ran play action. Long flushed Siemian with a bull rush. He took off and
threw it to Forsett in the flat. Forsett killed the Pats in the 1st Half.
and 2, Singleback the Pats match up in a 3-4. They ran Forsett, and the
big Branch took him out with prejudice. He got both hands into the OC as
they shifted to the blindside. Then he tossed the OC off and grabbed
Forsett for a loss.
and 3, the Broncos lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats lined up in
a 3-3 Nickel, with fives guy on the line. The Broncos flinched on the hard
count, and Long leaped. The Monkeys called it on Long (though they
probably were right on this one, it still pissed me off).
and 10, the Broncos lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats got
pressure up the middle. Flowers jammed the OLG back into Siemian as he
threw. Siemian threw it high and outside and Sanders couldn't bring it in.
and 10, 3-Wide Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-4 with three guys
out on the left side, like they keyed something. Sure-nuff the Broncos ran
left. The Pats swarm over it. Long found Booker in the hole, and knocked
him sideways off his feet.
defense really played their best games of the season the first two weeks
of December. "It's a good time to play your best football, for
sure," Long said. "You can kind of feel it building up and we'll
just continue to improve and keep trying to get turnovers and keep trying
to disrupt the quarterback. Guys are playing really unselfish and doing
whatever they're asked to do, and that's what this defense is about."
Two victories to go in December, and they are likely to need both with the
Raiders coming back to win every week. You want the LA Raiders coming into
the frozen tundra of Foxboro in January, and not sipping margarita's as
the Pats travel to LA. That could be the key to getting to the Super Bowl.
and 8, the Broncos lined up in a 4-wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-2 Dime with a Chung in the box. This was a big down. Sheard and
Long got some pressure. Siemian made a great throw. Rowe was all over it,
but Thomas snagged it. Rowe even punched the ball after Thomas caught it,
and Thomas elbowed him off.
and 10, 3-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran Booker on a Dive. He sliced his way
past four tacklers for Five. That was an impressive run by Booker.
and five, the Broncos in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats rushed three,
and Flowers sacked Siemian on a truly great rush. "Trey has been
outstanding. He has been one of our best players," Long said. "I
think he has about seven sacks and he's done it all pretty much rushing
inside, which is even more impressive. There are very few inside rushers
in our game that have put up numbers like him, so as far as that's
concerned, that's something that a lot of people don't think about and
that would make him a pretty elite rusher from in there." He lined up
inside on this one.
used his hands and feet moving laterally outside fighting off the ORG.
"Each week is different: different offensive lineman, different sets,
different schemes as far as defense, you just got to get to them when you
can," rising star Trey Flowers said. "Obviously I'm not the one
looking at sack numbers it's more about pressuring the quarterback. It's
having him looking at the rush instead of looking down field. Anytime we
can flush the quarterback and get his line rattled a bit, is big."
Then he incredibly continued using his hands and feet to fight off
the ORT moving laterally.
swam over the ORT. He broke free to the QB. "Yeah, I always have
confidence," Flowers said about getting the sack. "And just
being able to go out there and accomplish it. And execute calls, execute
rushes, and things like that." Siemian tried to burst past him, but
he grabbed him with one big mitt and pulled him down.
and 12, Broncos Empty. Pats in 2-3 Dime. The Pats rush four, and got some
pressure. Van Noy crashed inside on a stunt, and hit the OLG. This gave
Flowers a lane to the QB again. Long ripped his way inside the OLT to
Siemian as he threw. The Pats had Zone it up, and the throw was easier
than it should have been with Flowers and Long closing in on Siemian.
and 10, the Broncos lined up in a Singleback, and quick snapped it.
Siemian ran a great play action that stunned the D-line. He looked left
and couldn't find anyone. So he turned back to the right dumped the ball
off to Booker in the flat. Chung took him down quick.
and 7, the Broncos lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-3 Nickel. Branch bulled the OC back, and force Siemian to flee the
pocket. He popped the OC back about three times with pure brute strength.
Siemian took off to the right, and had to dump the ball out of bounds, as
the coverage was great.
and 8, the Broncos lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched
up in 2-3 Dime. Long broke free and tried to grab Siemian as he threw. Van
Noy tackled Booker behind the LOS, and instantly forced the punt, which
essentially ended the 1st half.
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