Vs Tampa First Half,
a little Nate Solder thrown in for fun.
game started off with Jerod Mayo looking mighty nice. He came off the
weakside edge and crushed the QB. The QB flipped the ball haphazardly as
Mayo wrapped him up. On 2nd and 10 Fletcher makes another nice play for a
one-yard stop. On 3rd and 9, Carter tried a Rip move, but Donald Penn
stifled him. He kept fighting and as Freeman tried to break to his right,
Carter was able to startle him and force him to throw the ball, even
though Penn came back in and swallowed him up. Punt.
on the field for the first time this year. What’s better than Brady to
Welker for a 1st down. Solder slide back nicely, but Brady threw so fast
that no rusher had time to get near him. On 1st and ten Solder Sealed
Clayborn easily. Woodhead slammed up the middle for 2. On 2nd and 8,
Solder pulled out to the 2nd level as Clayborn was left to the TE
Hernandez. Hernandez rode him down the line as he abandoned his position,
and Woodhead scooted behind they for a 28 yard run.
1st and 10 again Solder pulled straight ahead 5 yards down field, and hit
the LB who was able to hold his ground and make the tackle. Solder
stalemated Clayborn easily as Brady tossed it ever so lightly to Hernandez
for a far too easy looking 17-yard TD pass to Hernandez. 7-Zip Pats.
came back on 1st and 10, but Gerald Warren bust through the interior Tampa
line for a 4 yard loss on 1st down. On 2nd down Carter blast off the snap
and took the edge. However, Penn was able to Hold Carter from behind just
enough as Freeman was able to skip around the pocket just enough to get
the pass off. Then Moore came around form the other side and hit Freeman
to the ground just as he threw the ball. Okay, I’m doing it, I’m sayin’
it, if the passrush persists like this, I’m callin’ it, right here
right now, Super Bowl baby, and they don’t even have Haynesworth and
Shaun Ellis on the field yet!
3rd and long the Pats pressure caused the Tampa O-Line to jump off sides
to make it 3rd and 19. They set up a Screen right to try and slow down the
rush a little, but Anderson came all the way across from the opposite side
to help out Mayo on the Tackle. Carter was cut and still hit freeman, or
at least got his hand on freeman’s shirt. This all out attacking
one-gaping defense is giving teams fits so far.
Pats come out throwing again. Brady hits Ocho across the middle, and he
gets decked. On the opposite side Solder and Yeatman didn’t even allow
Clayborn to get off the LOS.
stalemated Clayborn on the edge again, as Yeatman swings outside for his
first reception as a Patriot. Hernandez slides out for a little slip
screen and picks up the 1st down. Solder let Clayborn hop pass him and run
himself out of the play. Solder and Yeatman combined again to stuff
Clayborn, and this time it was mostly Yeatman, who is going to make this
team. He has been the best blocking Tight End on the field by far so far
in the Preseason. Solder rose Clayborn past Brady, as Hernandez broke open
again and Brady zipped him the ball for a 1st down.
1st and 10, Clayborn beat Solder clean inside, but Manikins popped over
and crushed him. However, the LB was then able to come in unblocked and
stop the Lawfirm for nothing. On a quick Draw, Solder shoved Clayborn to
the edge, and let him burst himself out of the play, and Woodhead slipped
in behind him for six. On 3 rd and 4 Brady to Ocho made it look easy. As
all the DBs came up on the play action, and Ocho just ran the simplest of
Skinny Posts for the easiest TD of the season.
1st down Guyton blitzed right up the middle to hit Freeman. However, He
made an excellent throw and hit Sammie Straughter right in the hands.
Although it sure looked like he dropped it to me. They ran the ball on 1st
down, and André Carter burst off the line and set the edge so well they
called Penn for Holding to make it 1st and 20, and passrushing time. Tampa
Lined up in a shotgun, and four Patriots leaped on top of him Mayo got
their first, and then Moore, and then Carter, and then Myron Prior. On 2nd
and 26 the O-Line panicked into a False Start again. On 2nd and 31, even I
was feeling sorry for the Tampa O-Line. Mayo blitzed right up the middle
again, and hit Freeman just after he released the ball, And when you hit
the QB, drops have a way of happening. Mike Williams leaped up for the
ball but couldn’t hang on. 3rd and 31, Carter made a nice move. He had
been blasting to the edge all game, and this time he did a nice inside
move, forcing Penn to give him a “Butt Block”, which almost worked.
However, Carter hit Freeman again as he released the ball. Freeman made
another nice throw, but was well short of the 1st down. Brady came out in
the shotgun, and hit Welker for a high snag over the middle for 8. While
Solder used his long arms to stalemate Clayborn again.
makes BB the best coach in the NFL. Situational football. Football is a
game of reaction, collisions, and confusion. So he tries and gets his
players ready for every situation. In this case, gulp, what if Brady gets,
gulp, injured in the middle of a series. So in comes Hoyer. Without
warning or preparation, BB throws him into the fire.
go three TE with Ocho, and run the Lawfirm up the middle. Solder and
Yeatman knocked Clayborn five yards back, but the Linebackers came in and
stopped him for nothing. On 2nd and 10, Solder allowed Clayborn 3 yards up
field and stoned him dead with his long arms. As Brady swung the ball out
to the Lawfirm for 6 yards. On 2nd and 4, Solder slipped in behind a
Mankins Seal block and darted between defenders for 13 as Solder got out
to the 2nd level and took out the OLB Quincy Black.
was just dominating Clayborn as Gronk dropped the pass from Brady inside
the 5. Solder burst off the snap and took out the OLB Geno Hayes, as
Mankins slipped over and took out Clayborn. The Lawfirm followed Solder
through the hole and ran all the way down to the 1-yard line.
1st and goal from the 1, Solder came off the line and chipped on Gerald
McCoy who was being wiped out by Mankins and got into the LB on the 2nd
level and kept the MLB five yard deep in the Endzone.
the 2nd quarter starts with more pressure, and my man McCourty blitzes and
hits Freeman to the ground to cause an incompletion. Freeman was flushed
out of the pocket by a great blast off the snap by Gerald Warren, who
really blew up the play by shooting the Zero Gap. The Tampa offense was in
so much trouble they tried an odd trickeration play the resulted in a
delayed hand off to Legarrette Blunt for a few yards, as Gary Guyton lined
up at the Mike filled the hole, took on the FB, shrugged him off nicely,
and made the Tackle. Oh my goodness, Mayo up the middle! Three passrushers
met at the QB again lead by Mayo. Anderson did a simple stop and start and
Swam over Penn to hit the QB second, as Ninkovich Slap-Rip past the Right
Tackle to make it a 1/3 Sack each;-)
1st and 10 Solder showed why I think he is going to be a great one. With
Brady in the shotgun, Clayborn cut inside and Mankins picked him up. Solder
chipped on him and stopped him cold, but the OLB came on a delayed blitz.
Solder recovered off the Chip block and stoned Quincy Black 2 yards in
front of Brady. However, Clayborn somehow slid out of the Mankins block,
back to the outside, and dived at Brady’s leg as he threw for an illegal
hit below the knee. On 2nd and 10, Solder stoned Clayborn as a Screen was
blown up by an illegal block down field. Solder picked up the blitzing
Quincy Black, but McCoy destroyed Connolly with a Shoulder punch and a
Push Pulled and nailed Brady to the ground. Suddenly, QB hits had led to a
3rd and 20, and we were seeing a perfect example of why hitting the
quarterback wins games. Brady gets flushed out of the pocket and throws
the ball away as he was a little rattled. The Pats offense had looked
flawless, and then you hit the QB a couple of times and the offense looks
like a Keystone Cops movie.
1st and 10 Freeman is swarmed again, but is able to hit Mike Williams on
the Slant for a short gain. On 2nd and 8, the run a Delay to Blount, but
Ninkovich meets him at the LOS and stops him cold allowing Meriweather to
come in and stop him for a yard. 3 rd and 7, Wilfork causes a
False Start. 3rd and 13, the Tampa O-Line did a nice job, and allowed
Freeman to step and throw and he completed an easy pass, but is was short
of the 1st down.
just Seals the D-End and drives him down the line. It was a great block
that let the Lawfirm run for 7. On 2nd and 3, Solder pulled to his right
and got in front of the MLB, Sealed him, and drove him 5 yards down field.
Another dominating run block. Solder again get a physical Seal on the
D-Tackle, which is a tough block for the OLT. And lets Woodhead pick up
the 1st down running behind another Solder dominating block.
comes off the line and bends the D-Tackle backwards, and allows Mankins to
slip in and Seal him. Then he charges to the outside, but doesn’t get
the 2nd block. However, The Lawfirm still gets 7. On 2nd and 3, Solder
comes off the snap and Doubles into the D-End who had grabbed onto the TE.
The play broke down a little and Benny was only able to get two. On 3rd
and 1, Sammy Morris follows Solder, Mankins, and Gronk for a 1st Down.
1st and goal form the 10, Solder, Mankins, Gronk, and Hernandez just power
the entire right side of the Tampa front seven 5 yards down field for a
five yard run. Solder comes off the snap and Seals the D-Tackle into
Mankins and then slips off of him and takes out the OLB, but Holding is
called on Koppen. 2nd and Goal form the 15, Brady calmly hit Welker who
flash towards the Pylon, but gets hammered out of bounds just short of the
1st down. The Left side of the O-Line just dominated the rightside of the
Tampa D-Line again and allowed Benny to stroll into the Endzone like it
was a sunny park on Sunday. 28-Zips Pats, and this score was indication of
just how dominating the Pat’s O-Line and D-Linemen have been all game.
They kicked the Crap out of the Buccaneers.
in Point, with just under 6 minutes to go Morris made his best decision as
a coach this game, and took Freeman out of the game, because he was
getting killed. On 1st down André Carter Rips around the OLT. The OLT
just had to grab on from behind for an obvious Hold to make it 1st and 20.
The new QB Josh Johnson finally got some time to throw, and Michael
Spurlock dropped the ball. Arrington had great coverage and Johnson had to
back-shoulder it. Spurlock leaped up, twisted, but couldn't hold on. On 2nd and 20
Carter turned the corner, but too deep, and Johnson went deep.
Butler was there and got his arm on the ball and defended the pass. On 3rd and 20, they sent Ninkovich form the blindside as Carter got a
well deserved rest. He charged up field, punched the OLT, and drew back
just a hair. It looked like it may have been a called Stunt, as Gerald
Warren leaned to the outside and knocked James Lee (the 3rd OLT they put
in to try and stop Carter;-), and Ninkovich cut inside and hit Freeman
again. However, Freeman made a great play, he scrambled close to the LOS
scrimmage and hit Sammie Straughter right between the numbers with a
missile that looked like it knocked him down 4-yards past the 1st down
1st and Ten Carter turned the corner again and crush Johnson from behind.
Johnson meanwhile riffled the ball right between the cinco and the zero on
Ninkovich’s uniform, and he didn’t drop it, but he did toss it
straight up in the air and then drop it. On 2nd and 10 Ninkovich held his
position and watch Lumpkin cut back right to him to make it 3rd and 7.
Mayo stunted around the Love Anderson Stunt, and Smack-downed the QB again.
But Chung was called for pass interference for an automatic 1st down.
start the series the Pats put in two more undrafted rookie free agents,
Sergio Brown and Anthony Leonard. Leonard was in at the Mike, and he
blitzed up the gut and forced Johnson to flee the pocket. But Johnson is a
good scrambler and was able to get outside and pick a few yards. However,
Jason Lee had to Hold Carter as Leonard had forced him to scramble to his
side and looked like Carter was going to kill him, as Lee was beaten but
reached out and dragged Carter down from behind.
1st and 20 Johnson had just enough time to three step and
throw in rhythm, but Sergio Brown had great coverage on Straughter, and he
knock him to the ground and the ball out of his hands. Johnson had just
enough time again to three step, bounce and throw in rhythm to the Tight
End dragging across the middle. He was gang tackled for a short five-yard
gain. Moore and Warren had some pressure as Ninkovich ran past the pocket
behind Johnson. 3rd and 15, the Pats brought in Tracy White, another
undrafted rookie free agent, and he came right up the gut to hit Johnson.
However, big Vince Wilfork twisted around Gerald Warren tossed the right
guard to the ground and absolutely crushed Johnson just as he was throwing
the ball and cause an incompletion. I just keep envisioning Big Vince
playing next two Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis. With
those three guys attacking gaps all season! That is going to be some QB
killing like we haven’t seen in 25 years!
tossed to Ocho from the Endzone for a quick 6-yards to take it the
two-minute warning. Okay-okay, he gave up the inside rush. We all knew it
was going to happen sooner or later. However, after over four quarters in
the preseason (he played into the 3rd quarter in both preseason games) for
a rookie OLT to give up one sack on a tough inside rush is not bad at all.
Tim Crowder the Bucc’s RDE, came off low and went facemask-to-facemask
with Solder. He was able to knock his hands off his shirt as Solder bumped
to the outside just enough for Crowder to cut inside and Sack Brady. It
really was a terrific move by a nice veteran Crowder who attacked
Solder’s one weakness perfectly.
3rd and ten Solder was back to his stellar play. Crowder tries
to shove him off and get inside again, but Solder adjusted nicely and stoned
the inside move, which gave Brady time to scramble to his left and hit
Welker for a 1st down. Solder stoned Crowder on the outside move. And as
he tried to spin inside, Solder just stopped him cold like he did to Ryan
Kerrigan in the Senior Bowl that I was always trying to describe. Brady
drifted back and hit Welker for 6. On 2nd and 4 Solder protected the Edge
with his normal aplomb. But Mason Foster blitzed up the middle and hit
Brady as he threw to cause an incompletion. On 3rd down Solder road the
D-End easily past Brady as he throw to Welker. However, Welker got hit
right as he was catching the ball and he dropped it to force the punt.
came out throwing as the rush didn’t reach Johnson he was able to hit
Spurlock crossing the middle for 18-yards. Both D-Ends got the edge, but
couldn't turn the corner and Freeman had enough time to throw it deep, but he
threw it out of bounds. Both Ninkovich and Anderson got the edge again,
but turned the corner this time. However, Johnson was able to elude them and scramble for a
few yards to set up a missed Field Goal to end the half at 28-Zip Pats.