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Internet! Part I.
WiFi is down, stupid internet. I personally think it is a plot by Darth
Trump to rig the internet. I might be wrong, but this ain't goin' up until
Darth Trump and his boyfriend in hacking Sith Lord Putin decides to let
the stupid internet work again.
field goal was really the difference in most of the 1st half after the
offenses sluggish start. "I don't think it was sluggish,"
Bennett said. "I thought they made some plays and we were trying to
figure it out. [Our] coaches did a great job coming in and making some
adjustments at halftime and we came back out and executed a little bit
better. We had some penalties earlier in the game that could have put us
behind the eight ball, but guys just kept chipping away." Yeah, it
was pretty sluggish.
came out 1st and 10, in a wacky college formation, with their O-tackles
lined up outside on the numbers. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel,
which was spread out almost to the numbers. In the end, the Bengals lined
up was a 4-Wide Strong shotgun, with two blockers lined up on the numbers.
I am praying to God that this is not where football is going. The Bengals
actually hiked the ball. Dalton immediately threw the ball outside to
Green. Butler was blocked by the other WR, and he shed him, and tackled
Green who fell forward for four. The O-tackle didn't really do anything on
the field. That was dumb.
Bengals lined up in a 2-Wide Strong-Formation Shotgun (with a FB in the
backfield offset to the right). The Pats matched up in a 3-3 nickel with a
Chung in the box. They ran Bernard up the gut on a Dive. Brown held up and
grabbed him as he tried to slash by. However, no one else could touch him,
so he was able to surf the wave of his blockers for a 1st.
lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with
Long and Hightower standing up outside. Elandon Roberts blitzed the A-gap
and got his hand on Bernard 4-yards deep in the backfield. But Bernard was
able to hop out of it. Then he took off forward, until Long took him down.
and 4, the Bengals come out in the wacky college formation with three
O-linemen in front of Dalton. They have four guys lined up on the
strongside numbers, like a screen already set up. The Pats had three guys
out in front of them. Dalton threw Tyler Boyd the ball, and his three
blockers took out the three Pats. He ran between his blockers for a 1st,
and then skipped out of bounds.
and 10, the Bengals lined up in a Singleback. The Pats match up in a 4-3
with five guys on the line. The Pats rushers all seemed to go inside in
the rush and clog each other up. Dalton was still forced to throw
underneath to Bernard, because of good coverage. Roberts flew in like a
rocket and took him down instantly.
and 7, Cincy lined up in a Weak formation. The Pats matched up in a 3-4
with six guys on the line. They are clearly keying the run. They tried to
run Bernard on a smash, but Hightower and Ninkovich met at Giovani 4-yards
deep in the backfield. Sheard stepped in and helped knock them all
and 9, Cincy lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a
Nickel, with the whole front six standing up on the line in front of
Dalton. They sent five. Sheard and Ninkovich twisted. Roberts stepped out
of the rush and jammed Bernard at the line. Dalton was able to throw to
LaFell, but Butler dragged him down short of the marker. 4th and 2, and
Cincy was forced to punt to Amendola. The punt only went 31-yards.
Pats came out 1st and 10, and lined up in a 4-Wide Strong Shotgun. Brady
dropped and threw in rhyme to White swinging out of the backfield. He
caught it, and got close to a 1st down, before he was escorted out of
and 3, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady fired another
perfect pass to Edelman dragging over the middle. "It was
great," Edelman said. "It was great, you know. We had him back
last week and it was good to get him home. It was an electric environment
out there with Tom back. It was good." They are starting to get that
spark back that made Edelman the best 3rd-down WR in the NFL last season.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Brady gave the ball to
White. He ran off tackle, and then turned up field a little to get seven.
"It feels good, whenever I get the chance to help this team I want to
do it," White said. "Whether it's scoring touchdowns or just
getting yards, pass blocking or running the football, I'm just doing
whatever I can to help this team." White just keeps getting better
running the ball. 2nd and 3, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide weak shotgun.
Brady dropped, looked right, and then threw left to White out of the
backfield. He tried to make Burfict miss with a quick shift, but Burfict
just grabbed his foot and wiped him out.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. They ran play action,
and Brady turned back to the line with two rushers in his face. He got
killed as he fired the ball instantly to Gronk, who just couldn't escape
Pat Sims to get the 1st.
Pats really struggled in the 1st quarter to get the offense going. "I
mean, Sims beat us on an inside move and then I think Burfict got us on a
blitz pickup," BB said about the 1st half woes. "Again, look
they're a good defense. They have a good front. They have a lot of good
players. They got a lot of good linebackers; Burfict, Maualuga, Rey,
Dansby and then they got several guys that can rush on the front. They've
got good depth at end. They've got good depth at tackle. Atkins and
Dunlap, I mean they're two of the most disruptive guys in the league and
if your helping on them then you're not helping on somebody else. We've
got to do a better job of getting open, getting the ball out and blocking
them. So I'd say some of the problems we had were just team execution
plays. Coaching, playing, just a little bit of everything." 2nd and
1, the Pats shifted around into a 3-Wide I. Brady handed it to White for
and 10, the Pats shifted into a tight 4-Wide Singleback at Cincy's 45.
They ran Blount off tackle. Solder lead him outside. He took out two DBs,
and Blount was able to cut back behind him for a nice 7-yard run. But
Holding was called on Hogan.
and 20, at the Pats 45. They lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran
Blount on a dive. He hit the line and danced back like he was just kissed
by a frog. He then hopped around Andrews, and lowered his head for four.
Andrews and Shaq both had good blocks right in the middle of the line.
and 16, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Line was terrific
on this play, and no rusher got to within 5-yards of Brady before he
threw. Brady dumped it off to Blount underneath. He made one guy miss. But
just as he started to run again, Josh Shaw grabbed his foot and tripped
him up. He skidded into the turf.
and 12, Empty. White motioned back into the backfield. Brady had time and
stepped up into the pocket, but couldn't make a decision. Then he took off
the right, with two rushers circling behind him, and couldn't make a
decision. Then he finally was flopped to the ground, as he flipped the
ball out of bounds.
sat on the ground with the frustration of guy suffering from 2nd game back
syndrome. "Well I can do some things better out there and I think
offensively, we can too, but it's good to be 5-1," Brady said.
"I think we're at a decent place, so we've just got to keep stringing
these games together. There's a ton of football left. It's a good defense
we played today. They made it challenging on us, but we're trying to
figure out what we're made of, and it was good to get going there in the
second half." The best news is that with the 2nd game back syndrome
is over, and Roethlisberger out, they are almost 6 and 1 already.
Pats are forced to punt. "Yeah, we played a lot better during the 2nd
half," Brady said. "I thought our execution was a lot better. It
took us a little bit of time to figure out how to kind of get our guys
open, and once we did that it was good. We got the ball to a bunch of
different guys in space and made a bunch of guys miss. The running game
was effective when we did it. So it was a good team win." If he gets
started in the 1st Half next week, the Steelers are in trouble already.
Bengal lined up 1st and 10 in a 3-Wide Strong Shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-3 Nickel with all six guys on the line looking like they were
blitzing. They ran Bernard. Long gave up the outside. Bernard got the edge
as Hightower and Brown gave chase. He turned up field, and McCourty
thunder cracked him out of bounds.
and 4, the Pats lined up in a 3-3 Nickel. They sent four. Dalton dumped
the ball off to Bernard right over the middle. Hightower and Roberts took
him down too late.
was amazing how well Roberts played in this game.
"Each day going to practice I feel like being on this level
your number gets called and you have to go perform," Roberts said.
"When my number got called I went and preformed for my team. I'm not
really worried about individual goals right now." He stepped in for
Collins, and we barely missed him.
and 10, Cincy lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. The Pats matched up in a
2-4 Nickel. Roberts shot the A-Gap, but the OG picked him up. Bernard had
to slow and hop around him. Which gave Brown time to shed the OC and hit
him in the gut. As Brown fell to the ground he grabbed Bernard's leg.
Hightower slammed into Bernard, and helped to take him down.
and 8 Cincy shifted Empty. The Pats matched up in their 3-4 Nickel, with
Ninkovich and Hightower out in the slots in coverage on the tight ends.
The Pats sent Four. Sheard had a great inside Swim move, and got to Dalton
as he threw. Brown put the OLG on skates. and pushed him into Dalton as he
threw as well. But Dalton was still able to hit Kroft in the box.
Ninkovich, who was covering him, and McCourty instantly slammed into him
and held him short of the 1st.
and 2, Cincy lined up Empty again, and the Pats lined up EVERYBODY
straight down the line (okay, only 10-guys on the line). They brought
five, but two dropped out. Sheard dropped from the middle, surprising
super-rookie Roberts dropped out as well. Dalton tried to throw over him
as he dropped and knock the pass down.
showed some great explosion off the ground to hop up and slap the ball
down. "Well, Elandon's instinctive," BB said. "He sees
plays quickly, reacts quickly. I think he has pretty good playing strength
and he's an explosive player so he does all of those things well." He
is not the athlete Collins is, but he is closer than I thought he could
the refs dropped another crap flag on the Pats to give the Bengals a free
1st down. Ryans fingers just scrapped Green's facemask as he sent a right
cross into Greens inside shoulder. "That's why you get a nice salary
if you're a good one," soon to be getting a very nice salary
Logan Ryan said. "I think that just shows it's a really hard
position. But I mean, that's what I get paid for, that's what I get paid
to do and that's what I put all the work into. Guys like Malcolm and Rowe
and everyone else we have in there, no one said it was easy." You
could not play press man if the refs made that call consistently. It had
no effect on the play.
Bengals lined up in a 2-Wide 2-H-back I-shotgun that looked like a running
formation to me. The Pats matched up in a 4-3 with Hightower and Ninkovich
on the line as well. They ran play action. Brown got a little bit of a
rush, but the coverage was good. Dalton had to dump it off to Hill
outside, Hightower quickly shoved him out of bounds.
and 7, Cincy shifted into an I-formation. The Pats defense matched up
again in a scrambled 4-3, with Hightower and Ninkovich on the line. They
just run a smash into Branch. He held up pretty well at the point, and
allowed the LBs run in under him. Woody Hamilton held the OC on the line.
Hill slashed past Brown and Ninkovich, and got three.
and 3, Cincy lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Then motioned empty, as
the Pats milled about in a 2-4 Nickel, with Hightower outside on the tight
end. The Pats got good pressure, but can't get their hands on Dalton. He
hit Uzomah for the 1st between Hightower and McCourty.
came out in a 3-Wide I Shotgun, and the Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel.
Sheard broke free inside, and chased Hill. But just missed him, as Hill
hopped over him as Branch grabbed him, and Hightower slammed him down.
and 5, Cincy lined up in a 3-Wide I. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 nickel.
Hill ran over three Patriots, and burst to the second level. Chung was
just able to take him down, and I am in near panic mode.
and 10, Cincy continued the drive in a 3-wide Weak shotgun. The Pats match
up in a Spread out 2-4 Nickel. They fake the Sweep, and Dalton spiked the
ball dead as he saw the false start. 1st and 15, Cincy lined up in a
4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with the whole
font-six on the line. They slammed Hill up the gut. Branch caught him, and
dragged him down all by himself.
and 14, Cincy stayed in the 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a
3-4 looking 3-3 Nickel. Both OLB dropped, and they sent Roberts up the
middle like Collins. He slammed into Hill in blitz pick up, and tried to
get a hand on Dalton.
had to take off as Hill tackled Roberts, and Brown gave chase. Dalton
threw the ball away. "E. Rob, he's a small, feisty guy you know he's
out there hitting everything moving," McCourty said. "So you
know I think now it's what we expect, you know. He's not a rookie anymore.
He's been out there, and we expect him to go out there and play fast and
play at a high level. And its great just to see him put in the work and to
getting it done." The refs actually called the Hold on Hill for the
and 24, Bengals went Empty. Pats matched up in a 2-3 Dime with four guys
on the line. Anthony Johnson, who was absent last week, had a great rush.
He swam over the OLG, and jump in front of Dalton as he threw. However,
Dalton was able to hit Green at the 40. Ryan and Roberts took him down
and 8, Bengals lined up Empty, and the Pats lined up in a 1-4 Dime.
Hightower blitzed up the gut and just got a hand on Dalton as he threw.
Johnson had another good rush, and Sheard almost got to him as well. But
he threw a beautiful pass to Bernard deep down the seam. Bernard had
beaten Mingo down field. Mingo caught up as he caught the ball, and he
wiped Bernard out. I am in full panic mode now!
lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, 1st and Goal from the Six. Pats lined up
in 2-4 Nickel. With a McCourty in the Box. Chung moved into the Box as he
followed LaFell, who motioned inside. They ran a Dive. Bernard ran past
the two D-tackles, Hightower, and Roberts. Luckily they had a McCourty in
the Box. He shed LaFell, and got in front of Bernard. He cracked him hard
enough to slow his momentum. He held on until Ryan hustled over and helped
bring Bernard down.
"It's huge. I mean, that's how we're successful, you know: pass
rushing and covering," McCourty said. "When all those guys do
well up front it makes our job a lot easier. And if we can cover and give
them some extra time it makes their job easier." I feel like this is
the game here.
gravy! The Bengals lined up 2nd and goal for the One, in a Giant-I, with
Peko in at FB. The Pats put everyone up on the line except Hightower and
Roberts. Hightower and Roberts immediately head to the right. They read
the hand off. Roberts blasted off in front of Hightower, and shot like a
rocket outside the line.
slammed into Bernard like a runaway train. "Well you know, as
linebackers we just play downhill," Robert said. It was a double team
on the guard and I was just going downhill to get the guard off our guy.
Just playing assignment football, just doing my job, that's coming
downhill. So I'm going to do my job to the best of my ability." He
didn't knock him down. But he took all the momentum out of Bernard's legs,
and fell to the ground. Roberts was concussed on that play.
veteran linebacker Hightower then slammed into Bernard, and stopped him
cold, with help from Malcolm Brown. "High's got a lot of skills, a
lot of things he can do," BB said. "He can blitz, he can rush,
he can cover, he can play the run, he can run and play in coverage and
he's smart. And he's smart, too. He's pretty versatile. He can handle a
lot of different assignments and not only just knowing what to do but
instinctively he handles those well. He's got good feel, and rush
techniques, and leverage and that kind of thing. Same thing, it could be
in the passing game. He's a good player and he had some big plays for us
today; no question." Chung and Ebner jumped on Bernard's back and
helped him fall forward. But the ball didn't cross the line.
Bengals lined up in 3rd and Goal from the Half-yard line in a 3-Wide
Singleback. The Pats matched up with a spread out goal line, with
Hightower in at the Mike as the only defender off the line. Dalton stepped
back into the shotgun. He caught the ball, and threw a flat-footed Fade to
Green, who was being covered but Butler. The Ball was just short, as
Dalton never moved his feet. Butler leaped up and got his hands in Green's
ball actually bounced off of Green's facemask. "A.J. is a great
player, one of the best wide receivers in this league. It was an honor to
play against him. I just went out there and competed," Butler said,
then continued. "You know once the release comes, it's either going
to be a fade or a slant. So you just got to know what's going on is
all." Then Green cried for the flag.
Bengals lined up on 4th and goal from the 1, in a goal line I, with Peko
back in at FB. The Pats matched up in a goal-line formation with Roberts
and McCourty the only ones off the line at ILB. They ran the exact same
play to Bernard as they did on 2nd down, a Smash to the left. Branch
stacked it up, and hit Bernard with the OLT. Bernard bounced off, and
tried to slice sideways into the Endzone. But Branch reached a big mitt
out, and grabbed him from behind to stop his momentum again.
held him just long enough for the newly returned Anthony Johnson to slam
into him and push him down backwards. "I mean, it was a big stop for
us," BB said. "We ended up giving them the ball back and then
they ended up scoring the next time down, but of course any time you make
a goal line stand that's a big lift for your defensive unit. We were able
to dig the ball out and get a little field position when they did get it
back. It was a lot of bodies down there. I'm not sure exactly how that
play went down but it looked like we had a number of players that
penetrated, kind of set the edge, and forced the ball back inside and just
had too many guys for them." It was a great play by Branch and
"Extremely happy," Ryan said. "Five-and-one and we just
defeated a good team, a hungry team that came in here today and we
couldn't be any happier with where we're at." I though that goal line
stand was going to be the game.
Pats D held on the goal line for four downs. "It's something that we
work on a lot. Obviously with red zone, coach is big on it and we just got
to continue to improve on it. Every week red zone is a big-time
play." The defense stepped up big time with Brady struggling with 2nd
game back syndrome.
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