One Up, Two Down?
September 12th 2010
The first series for each team was indication of how this game was going to go. Both teams lined up in a spread, in a fantasy football geeks dream. Unfortunately for fantasy geeks, the Patriots young defense decided to play like a team of Super Bowl veterans. The Pats entire defense played as well as they possible can in the entire first half. However, before you put the Pats in the Super Bowl, remember that a young defense littered with rookies is as inconsistent as a Kraft Brand promise.
The Pat's first touchdown of the season was a combination of genius and miracles. In the best-schemed play I’ve seen for the Pats in a while, the pats lined up in a Trips-Formation. A Trips-Formation is when three Wide Receivers line up in the slot on one side, forming a little triangle. Sometimes a tight end lines up with two wide receivers in the slot. So they lined up in Trips, but instead of in the slot they lined up way out wide, and two of the Wide receivers were rookie Tight ends. I have never seen that formation with two tight ends out wide before. They throw a bubble screen to the Miraculous Wes Welker, and the two Tight Ends destroy the two corners who were out wide with them. The Miraculous Wes Welker squeezed between the two blocking Tight ends for a miracle first touchdown of the season, by the guy whose miracle recovery from devastating knee reconstruction and shoulder surgery was ruled complete.
The first half was coming out
party for the two young Corners McCourty and
The disappoint part of the first half was disappearance of the rookie Tight Ends in the first half. When those two guys were on the field, the Pat's passing attack just looks better. No offense to Alge Crumpler who clearly makes the running game look better when he is on the field. I loved how they went empty with the two rookie tight ends out in the slots, then on the next play they lined up in a two tight end power formation and ran the ball. I hate to say this, because it makes me sound like a yahoo, again, but the passing game looked unstoppable when they were on the field.
I said before the season started
that biggest difference in this years team from last years team was the
returning game, and then right on cue Brandon Tate returned the opening kick
off of the second half for a 97 yard touchdown to put the Pats up 31 to 3. He shortstopped the ball at the
3-yard line, turned up field, did a little
skip-to-my-loo, then shake and baked past the kicker, and was gone. Then with
14:48 to go in the 3rd quarter the Bengals went into their one-dimensional No-Huddle offense. The
The Patriots came out smartly right
Then came Brady! He hit the Miraculous Wes Welker for a 13 yard first down reception to end the 3rd quarter. He hit Moss for 9-yard play-action pass. The Pats brought in their new 3-tight end formation for a 4-yard first down run. He continued the drive down the field with a terrific blend of running and passing. Until the Miraculous Wes Welker caught a pass and ran to the 19-yard line. Green-Ellis ran the ball 4 straight time to give the Pats a second and goal from the two yard line, and Brady, ho-hum, dropped back and lofted a soft floater into the soft hands of Gronkowski for a perfectly executed Ho-Hum Touchdown, and making it look too easy. Brady engendered a perfectly symmetrical drive with 7 runs and 7 passes, which took 7 minutes and 41 seconds off the clock. Giving the Pats a 39-17 lead with left in the game. These are the type of drives that lead to wins and championships. however Alge Crumpler went down in what looked like serious injury, leaving the two rookie tight ends without there veteran leader. Two Down. The loss of Crumpler is not as disconcerting as the loss of Neal, however the more you have to rely solely on rookie the more inconsistent you become.
The Bengals continued to fight as Ochocinco caught a pass that gave him over 100-yards for the 30th time in his career. But, Butler came back and made a great defense play, diving to knock down the ball on third down. But, Ochocinco wasn't done, and he made a great grab on 4th and 6, seeming to leap, grab the ball, and get the feet down in bounds all at once, as Butler shoved him from behind. This drive quickly turned into the Ochocinco story as he caught another first down pass as the clock pressured down to under five minutes to go. Another reception by Ochocinco, and a pass to Shipley and Grisham, and the Bengals were on the one-yard line. Benson ran the ball in for a 1-yard TD run with 3:57 left on the clock, like a gun to Bengals head, as they were still down two touch downs 38-24.Bengals decided to go for the Onside Kick but where offsides. The ball has to travel ten-yard before the kicking team can touch it. The Pats got the ball on the
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