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comes out in a Strong formation. Pats match up in a 3-4 with a Safety up
in the box, as a Strong formation is a running formation. It is very well
blocked, and Grimes runs through the line untouched. McCourty saves the
day at the 43. That was a huge play. Grimes got 37-yards on that play.
Then they ran Grimes in a Wildcat. Brown has a great swim move outside. He
forces Grimes to cut inside, and gets both hands on his shirt, but can't
hold on. Hicks dives in from the side and knocks his block off. 2nd and 6
with Houston in a Trips-right Strong shotgun. Pats match up in a 3-4,
which is odd against a 4-Wide shotgun. Mayo get pressure up the middle on
a Blitz, but then gets stuffed. Hoyer has time to hit Shorts who is being
covered by Collins in the Box. He cuts up field for a first. Chung makes
and 10, and Houston comes out in the Wildcat again. Pats stay 3-4 with
both Safeties up by the magic yellow line. The Pats have all three
D-linemen inside the OGs, with Short in at QB. Hoyer stands alone outside
on the blindside. Short keeps it. Ryan was lined up on the slot WR, and
Shorts runs right at him. He sets the edge with some impressive leverage,
and forces him inside with some impressive strength. Then dives at his
feet and gets a shoestring tackle to show some impressive toughness.
"He works hard in the weight room," BB said about Ryan.
"But I'd say he's got good playing strength and plays with good
leverage and good pad level. He's I'd say not by any means weak, but I
don't think he's going to hold the weight room records either at that
position. But he's got good playing strength and good technique."
Ryan also forced Short right into Jones and Collins.
and 9, Houston comes out in a Strong formation. Hoyer hands it to Hunt.
Hicks burst through the line but misses him. But he got a hand on him
enough to slow him down. Mayo swoops in behind him and takes him down. 3rd
and 8, Houston in a 4-wide Weak. Pats crowd the line with a 3-2 Dime. The
Pats get pressure up the middle again. Hoyer throws deep to Washington.
But Butler has perfect coverage. He reaches up to tap the ball, and then
takes him out as the ball arrives to force the field goal. Pats-7.
Houston-3. Cheap shots-3.
comes out in a Twins-left Singleback, with Gronk on the other side. They
pass. Gronk gets a great release, and then slips under the MLB. Brady hits
him dragging to the other side of the field. He turns up field for a few
more yards, but two defenders are there to shove him out of bounds. 2nd
and 4, Pats in a 4-Wide Strong-shotgun. Brady hands it underneath to
Blount. He runs behind Tre' and Stork. Tre' did a great job on Wilfork.
That allows Blount to pop over the magic yellow line for a First.
and 10, Pats in a Singleback. They give it Blount again. He cuts inside of
Tre' sealing Wilfork again. Stork takes on the guy on the Nose, and
pancakes him. Blount tries to reach Cannon, who is already five yards down
field blocking the D-end. He cuts behind Cannon and gets tackled along
with Shaq for a nice power run.
was a Smash. "I thought we competed in the running game,"
BB said. "I thought we blocked better and Josh and the offensive
staff had a couple scheme plays where we were able to create some yardage
with a little easier access, but they're a tough group to block. Then we
had a couple good runs where backs really didn't have a lot [of space]. LG,
Brandon there at the end of the game, they made some plays on their own
with good vision or a good cut or broken tackle or whatever it was and did
a good job there. I'd say a combination of all those things, but they were
hard-fought yards, I'll say that. There wasn't a lot of easy yardage
against the Texans in the running game."
Blount made a few moves in the backfield then shot up field. But then he
goes down. This was the play he injured his hip. Which is a shame because
it looked like he was just getting on a roll.
and 4, with the Pats in a slightly shocked Singleback. They run a little
play action, and Brady turns and riffles it at Martin. But the ball is
high and outside. 3rd and 4, Patriots Formation. Bolden goes in motion
right behind Brady. "I think there are a lot of uses for
motion on offense," coach McDaniels said. "It's not always in
the passing game. There's definitely some things you do to help yourself
or create angle or blocking patterns with motion. The running game, you
can certainly try to avoid contact at the line of scrimmage by the use of
motion. You can force defensive communication if you motion from one side
of the formation to another, if you motion from a wider split into a
tighter split, there are a lot of things the defense may have to adjust to
and talk about. There's maybe later motion that you try to potentially
gain an advantage going, whether it's across the formation or into it,
away from it. Whatever it may be. Every time somebody on offense moves,
somebody on defense has to react. There are times in the game where you
want to try to give yourself every opportunity to gain an advantage before
the balls snapped if you think motion can help you. There's a lot of
different ways to try it, a lot of different things you can use. It can
help many times and sometimes it doesn't do much depending on the defenses
call that they have played. Hopefully it works a lot more than it doesn't
relative to gaining something offensively. We certainly try to do some of
that to help in many different ways."
They run a Jet-sweep to Bolden.
runs through an arm right off the start by Clowney. Then he turns up
field. He breaks a tackle behind an Amendola block, and then flashes up
field again. He leaps inside and over the magic yellow line to make a
third defender miss. But Simon leaps into his shoulders and spins him
down. 1st and 10 again, Pats come out in a Weak formation. It looks like a
Dive. Williams whams Wilfork. Bolden has to hop cut outside as an LB grabs
at him. But he breaks that tackle. He gets outside and is finally taken
down by three defenders.
was a great run by Bolden. "Brandon's a talented guy,"
coach McDaniels said. "He's had a lot of different situations come up
during the course of his career here whether through injury or otherwise.
He's really done a nice job for us coming in and filling in and he's gone
over 100 yards a couple times, he's had some big runs, he's carried the
ball in cold, sloppy weather and protected it for us as he's matured and
grown in our system. He's a dependable guy. We trust him to blitz pick-up.
We trust him to be in the game in those critical situations when you get a
lot of different looks from the defense. He studies hard. He's a guy that
comes to work and prepares well. There's always been a lot of talent with
Brandon and his dependability and his ability to do a lot of different
things within our offense has just improved with each year that he's been
here. Brandon's a good runner and he does a lot of things that are really
valuable to our football team whether it be on offense or in the kicking
game. We'll try to certainly do the best thing we can here going forward
in terms of how we use him among the rest of our backs."
They are going to need Bolden to run that hard for six more games.
and 5, Williams steps back into a Strong formation. He heads up field. Hop
cuts to the left and then the right for a few more yards. But the refs
call holding on Tre'. 2nd and 16, Pats come out in a Trips-right
Weak-shotgun. Amendola is the inside guy on the Trips. He just runs up
field a few yards, stops and turns, as everyone is still retreating. Brady
never looks at anyone else. He hits Amendola short, and he turns up field
for a tough seven. 3rd and 9, Pats come out in a 4-Wide Weak-shotgun.
Brady has time. White scooted out of the backfield and then cuts out
behind the twin WRs on the Blindside. Brady hits him short. He can't break
the tackle to force the punt. Slater catches the bouncing ball at the
three. Than the refs call a false start on Houston to cram them to the One
and 11 and a half, Pats match up in a 3-3 Nickel. Hoyer hits Hopkins.
"He does a lot of things well," BB said. "I'd say it starts
with his hands. He has great catching skills and a great catching radius.
He's averaging over 15 yards a catch or right at 15 yards a catch,
whatever it is for his career. He's had a ton of production, but it's not
on two-yard slant routes and stuff like that. He's making plays down the
field. He's always open because he's got the ability to catch the ball.
Wherever the defender is, if the ball is thrown opposite the defender,
he's long enough and good enough to come down with a lot of tough catches.
He's long, he's got good playing strength, quickness, can get open, but he
goes up and competes for the ball and comes down with it in tight coverage
a lot, so like I said, really he's always open because he can come down
with the ball. His ball skills and length are exceptional." And the
story of the 1st Half is that that 5-yard out is the only catch Hopkins
had in the entire 1st Half.
Ryan shut him down in the 1st half. "First of all Logan
prepares very well," BB said. "He studies the receivers. He has
a good understanding of our defense, and he really works hard at the
preparation every week so he has a pretty good jump on what to expect, and
he's very well prepared week-in and week-out. Logan has got good strength.
He's a good tackler. He can get those backs and bigger receivers on the
ground. [He has] good hands, good awareness, and he can play strong on the
line of scrimmage. And those types of areas whether it's against bigger
guys or getting his hands on smaller guys and kind of knocking them off
their route. He does a good job in all those areas."
Ryan was awesome in this game.
and 6, Pats come out in a cramped up 3-4, with Chung up in the box as
well. Houston blocks the first level well. But Hicks meets him in the
hole. Brown, Collins, and Mayo help bring him down. Ninkovich swoops in,
rips the ball out, and runs into the Endzone for a non-TD. 3rd and 3, Pats
crowd the line in a 4-2 Nickel with all six guys up on the line. But both
linebackers drop. Hoyer misfires to force the punt. The Pats had great
coverage. Martin makes one guy miss, and then cuts back to make three guys
miss for another dynamic punt return over midfield.
come out at the 41, in a Singleback. They run a Dive. Bolden cuts behind a
pulling Shaq. "I thought Shaq played one of his better games
of the year, for sure," Josh said. "I think he's continued to
try to work hard at the things that maybe he wasn't experienced in
relative to coming out of the Georgia tech program. I think we're past
that now. Shaq's played a lot of football for us this year. He's seen a
lot of different things and I think a lot of those things are coming back
to help him now that he's got some experience and some exposure to
different schemes and different ways people play. Shaq works extremely
hard with the rest of our young group there that's really studying hard
each week, trying to improve some of the areas of their games, whether it
be in the running game or pass protection. I thought our communication
last week and in particular with he and Sebastian, it was pretty good.
Those guys are a good front, they're going to make some plays on you but I
thought Shaq handled himself well and like I said, between he and David
and Tre' and that group of rookies, they just come in each week and work
hard. They know they've got some things that they can improve on and
hopefully we can continue to get better as we go through the season. That
was an encouraging sign from Shaq to see him play the whole game and help
us run the ball effectively at times and held off a decent rush with
different patterns of blitzes and those kind of things. I thought he
stepped up for us." Shaq
takes out Demps.
bangs into the hole behind him, but the One-Armed Bandit is waiting there
for him. He gets creamed. 2nd and 9 after the two-minute warning. Pats at
the 40, Brady hits LaFell in the Flat. He turns up field for a few more.
3rd and 4, Pats go Empty. Brady throws it low to Martin and he scoops it
out of the turf. He makes the CB miss, and runs up field for the First.
and 10 at the 22 with about 1:12 on the clock. Brady hits Amendola short.
He fights over a tackle and dives for the First. That was another great
play in this Drive. "Yeah, Danny really competed hard," BB said.
"He's physically and mentally as tough of a player as we have. It was
good to have him back out there and he really fought hard. I don't think
he could have done any more than what he did. He gave us all he had on
every play and we needed that." Amendola caught the ball in the box.
Turned to see the Andre Hal coming up and spun out of his hit. Hal grabbed
his foot and tripped him up. So Amendola dived for the First.
and 10 from the 12, Brady hands it to Bolden. He follows Tre' outside. He
tries to get up field, but he can't find any space. Pats call timeout with
28-seconds left in the Half. Pats come out in a 4-Wide Weak-shotgun. Brady
throws it away. 3rd and 9 at the 11 and a half. Pats come out in a 4-Wide
Weak-shotgun again. LaFell is lined up alone on the Blindside. He curls
outside near the marker. The pass is high and he leaps up and grabs it and
lands right on the magic yellow line. He dives at the Pylon, but steps out
of bounds for a First.
and Goal from the One, Pats come out in a 3-Wide I formation. Brady throws
a Fade to Gronk. He gets his giant mitts up over Hal for a far too easy
looking TD. "Just had to make a little move," Gronk said.
"The DB played good defense. And Tom just put it up there where I
just had to go up, go make a play and I did. So it was just good execution
overall." It was a devastating play for Houston.
Pats put themselves in great position to get the infamous BB double
halftime score. "Yeah, you know I thought that was a good, good
complimentary football on our part, something that's really been lacking
in the last four weeks," BB said. "We made a stop on defense. We
got the ball back. We got the two-minute warning, got a first down and
were able to finish in the end zone with 14 or whatever it was, 15
seconds, 20 seconds whatever it was on the clock. It was a great job by
our defense of making the stop. Great job by our special teams of putting
us in good field position. Great job by the offense of executing the plays
and also using the clock up and we came back in the second half and had
the two close plays that were overturned and ended up getting a field
goal, so that was a big 10-point swing for us. It's close to being more
had we been able to convert those passes that were overturned. That drive
at the end of the half was big and then the start of the third quarter to
take advantage of that opening possession. I thought that 10-point swing
obviously was a big help for us tonight." And
the One-Handed Bandit has one tackle, and Hopkins had one catch in the 1st
Half. Like I said in my 7-things, if they control those to guys they win
relatively easily. Pats-17.
Houston-3. Cheap shots-3.
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