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comes out in a 3-Wide Weak-shotgun on 1st and 10, Pats crowd the line in a
tight 3-4. Brown takes down Blue at the line. He keeps getting better
every week. 2nd and 6, Pats stay 3-4. They have Mayo lined up at the Mike.
Mayo shoots the gap. He gets tackled by Fiedorowicz, and reaches out and
tackles Polk for a timely TFL. 3rd and 8, Pats in a 3-2 Dime with all five
guys up on the line. Hoyer gets tackled by Easley as the tries to throw.
And it looked like Jones, stunting behind Easley, actually rammed Easley
into Hoyer to force the punt. Martin had a great return, and looked more
dynamic than any punt returner we have seen this season.
and 10, Pats in a 3-Wide Weak formation with Cleveland in at FB. They run
Blount and he dives into the line for less than his height. 2nd and 8, the
Pats come out in a 3-Wide Strong-shotgun. Brady hands it off inside to
Blount, and the Mighty Vince destroys Tre' and takes out Blount (oh wait,
I'm not suppose to be happy about that). 3rd and 10, Pats in a Winged
Shotgun. Brady has time. They triple team Watt. Both RBs chip on the
edgerushers on the way out to the opposite flats, and Tre' also helps
Cannon with Watt. Bolden's chip knocks JJ to the ground. Brady goes deep
to LaFell. The throw is good. But Joseph grabs LaFell from behind five
strides before the ball arrives. Then climbs up on his shoulder as the
ball arrives to slap it out and force the punt. I'm not sayin', I'm just
saying. That was pass interference. But, if the refs allow the Pats to
play that physically in their Man coverage, the Pats are going to the
and 10 Houston in an I. Pats match up in a 4-3. They run play action.
Hoyer throws short to Polk behind the two WRs. However, Collins was
covering the slot WR, and he came off coverage quickly to take Polk
was great in coverage in this game. "Jamie
is very athletic," BB said. "I think one of the things you've
got to take into consideration when you look at a football team is size.
You could have a real athletic 160-pound guy, but size is going to be a
factor on that, and then you can have another guy who is 320 pounds and
relative to most other players on the team maybe you wouldn't consider him
real athletic but relative to other players comparable to his size and
weight, he would be in the upper echelon of that. I think there are a lot
of different categories. It's really hard to compare the athleticism of a
receiver with the athleticism of an offensive lineman and so forth. But I
think when you take all that into consideration, given Jamie's size in
addition to his athleticism, he's in a pretty special category there. Do
we have guys on the team that run faster and could do different drills
faster than him? Yeah, probably we do. I know we do, but not go in and
have the same kind of strength and power and explosiveness he has. That's
kind of the difference. But it's a hard thing to measure. You start
talking about receivers, you've got a 225-pound receiver and you've got a
170-pound receiver. They're both receivers, but there is a 50-pound
difference there so to compare one guy to another, one guy is going to be
good at one thing, assuming they're both good players. I'm saying one guy
is going to be good at one thing and another guy is going to be good at
another thing. And you can do that at various other positions so even
within the same position sometimes, it's hard to compare players when
they're that different physically." He is visibly lighter since his
return, but I also thought he was visibly faster and quicker.
and 5, Houston in the 4-wide Weak-shotgun. Pats match up in a 3-3 with two
linebackers and Chung lined up outside the OLT. They run up the gut.
Collins and Mayo meet him in the hole and twist him down. 3rd and 3,
Houston comes out in a Weak-shotgun with Shorts in the Wildcat. The Pats
look a little confused, and look like they are slowly forming into a 2-4
Nickel with Ninkovich, Sheard, Easley, and Jones as their front four. They
have to get Sheard in more. With Jones and Ninkovich as the edge player,
Sheard has to play more inside. He did in this game, and he was
take the snaps and run the Option. He keeps the ball and runs at Ninkovich
who just goes, "as if" to force the punt. Ninkovich played that
option perfectly. He had some contain on the RB outside and when Shorts
kept it, he pounced on him like a panther. Martin has another dynamic
return. It looks like the Pats have a new weapon on special teams.
and 10, Pats come out in a Twins left Singleback. Brady runs a play
action. Brady waggles way outside, almost like he was going to take off
with it. "We
were trying to get him back there so I rolled right further than
normal," TB12 said. "I don't know what happened on the play, but
I kind of got flushed, I knew where he was heading and he had a linebacker
on him so I thought I'd give him a chance and usually he comes down with
those. That was a great play." Gronk runs down the Seam, and
shrugs off the grabbing linebacker.
spots Gronk cutting away from him, and throws across the field. The
linebacker he shrugged off chases Gronk. Then he falls down. Gronk turns
was running that route and it was taking a while and I couldn't even see
Tom, I had no clue where he was," Gronk said. "Next thing you
know I just see the ball go flying in the air coming to me and then I
couldn't see the ball anymore in that stadium. It went right in to the
lights for like half the way and I'm like 'I know it's coming to me,' and
then like, when it was like 20 feet coming down I saw it like 'there it
is,' and just had to make that catch and it was just a good pass
overall." The throw is a little off (and lost in the lights).
has to slow, turn back, and catch the ball as he is running backwards. "Well
offensive football is always trust and anticipation and it is certainly
that way with Gronk," TB12 said. "He is just a great player, a
great teammate: blocking, pass protecting, obviously passing game: short,
intermediate, and deep. He takes advantage of a good matchup. He is a
great player." He holds on and heads to the Endzone. But the
free safety stays in front of him and slows him down enough for the LB to
catch up and tackle him from behind.
and goal from the 7. Then after last weeks venture into 1940's football
with the infamous drop kick, they come out in a 1940's formation, the
triple option. They have Cleveland and Williams lined up at FB in front of
Blount. They give it to Blount and he bangs into the line for a yard or
two. 2nd and goal from the 6, the Pats come out in a Twin-TE Singleback.
Brady throws a beautiful pass to LaFell for a TD. And this is when things
get wacky. Martin and Fleming were both lined up on the line. You must
have six guys lined up on the line on every play.
and goal from the 11, 2-Wide Weak-shotgun. They line up Cushing on
Amendola inside. Brady never looks anywhere else. Amendola beats Cushing
by three yards on a quick lightning break inside. Brady hits him
underneath. The Safety hits him helmet to helmet, and then Cushing seems
to throw him down by his facemask, and half rips his helmet off his face.
Amendola catches it at the Four and falls to the Two. Amendola looks
around for the flag, but none was unfurled. Then Quintin Demps gets in
Amendola's face, with his helmet still ripped half off face. Amendola says
something back to him, and the 6-7 300-pound One-Armed Bandit gives a
cheap shot to the 5-9 180-pound Amendola, in the back! Amendola shoves him
off, and the refs do nothing.
Pats come out on 3rd and goal from the Two in a 3-Wide Strong-shotgun.
Gronk goes in motion.
Brady hits Martin for a TD. There is some controversy as the One-Armed
Bandit hits Brady so late that it is clearly his second straight cheap
shot. Pats-7 Cheap shots-2
and 10, Pats in a 3-3 Nickel. They run play action, Sheard Swims over the
ORG inside and burst right into Hoyer. Sheard hops over Hoyer, but he is
somehow able to get the ball to Polk for an improbable play. Polk than
straight arms Collins to the ground! But Collins grabs his shirt from
behind and pulls himself up. Then he suplexes Polk to the ground. 2nd and
1, Pats match up in a 2-4 Nickel. Polk powers through the line and into
Chung for the First. But then he keeps churning for a few more. That Polk
has some nice power to him.
and 10, Pats match up in a 3-3 Nickel nicely. They run Polk in a Smash.
Branch gets tackled inside for another nice non-call, as Polk slices
behind the alleged block. Ryan and Collins finally take him down. 2nd and
4, Houston in a 3-Wide Weak-shotgun. Pats go 3-4 Nickel with Chung in at
ILB. Houston runs a Dive, but Hicks, Branch, and Sheard clogged it up
inside. Polk tries to cut back, but Hicks sheds the OLG and then the OLT.
Then he grabs, twists, and rips Polk down. That was a great play by Hicks.
3rd and 3, Pats match up in a 3-4 looking thing with Chung sneaking up
into box outside. Collins fakes a blitz, and then Mayo blitzes up the gut
with some flash. Hoyer throws over Ninkovich, and Hunt catches it. He is
spun down by some Johnson named Leonard for the First. But the cheap
shotting Texans get called for a Personal Foul. 3rd and 19 Houston is
Empty. Pats match up in a 3-2 Dime, with no one in the middle of the
Washington burns Butler with a great double move. He left him in the dust
on an out and up. However, the throw is a little short, and Butler is
great at arriving at the end of the pattern. "I
would agree with that," BB said. "I think that's definitely a
part of it. Malcolm does other things well. He tackles well for his
position. He's got good ball skills. I think there are a number of things
that [he does well]. He has good playing speed. Like I said, I think there
are a number of things that he does well. Quickness is one of them. That's
part of it. But I think it's hard to be a good player in this league if
you can only do one thing well, no matter what that is. You have to have
more than that and something else besides just one thing. Size, strength,
quickness, instincts, ball skills, those are all important. The more the
better, but I think it's hard to have one thing." Butler has
time to catch up. He gets a nice slap at the ball, but Washington holds
and 10, they run a bubble screen to Shorts, and Chung, Ryan, and Jones
take him out for a TFL. 2nd and 11, Pats in a 3-3 Nickel with two safeties
up in the box. The rookie Strong gets open short over the middle. Chung
grabs him and holds him until Ryan and Jones can take him down. 3rd and 5,
Houston in a 3-Wide Strong-shotgun. Pats in a 4-1 Dime. Hoyer tries to go
to Shorts. Leonard Johnson leaps over his shoulder and punches the ball to
the ground to force the field goal. Johnson was a big factor on this
drive. Pats-7. Houston-3. Cheap shots-3.
come out in a Singleback. Blount cuts back behind a pulling Williams for
his best run so far. 2nd and 5, Pats in the Singleback. Blount gets hit in
the Backfield, and escapes. He gets knocked nearly down after a yard, but
he lands on Cushing gut. So he is able bounces up, and run for a 1st down.
That was a great run by Blount.
and 10 Singleback. Blount angles to the left, and then follows a pulling
Shaq to the right, and cuts off his block for a powerful eight. 2nd and 2,
I. Brady throws outside to LaFell in a semi-screen. He runs forward for a
First to end the 1st quarter.
and 10 again, Brady in the Shotgun. He has time and hits Amendola high.
Amendola catches it, and spins to the ground, but the CB is just
able to punch it out. 2nd and 10, Pats come out in a 3-Wide Singleback.
They give it to Blount again. He heads left. Williams gets a great wham
block right in front of him. Blount cuts back behind Williams, and streaks
to the right for a nice 7-yard run. 2nd and 3, Pats in a 3-Wide
Singleback. They run some misdirection to White, but Brady holds onto the
ball. He throws it to Martin going to the other side for a First.
and 10, Pats in a 3-Wide Strong-shotgun. They hand it off underneath to
Blount. He follows a pulling Tre' into the hole for a yard. 2nd and 9,
Pats in a Winged Shotgun. Brady has Cleveland uncovered out of the
backfield in the flat. He doesn't see him. He hits LaFell in the slot.
LaFell drops it. 3rd and 9, Strong-shotgun. Brady gives it to Bolden on a
fake reverse. He pounds forward to force the field goal. Pats-10.
Houston-3. Cheap shots-3.
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