It was an interesting first quarter to start Sunday’s game, and here are a few notes and highlights from the opening quarter.
The Patriots opened the game rushing the ball on their first posession, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis carrying 3 times for 23 yards (7.7avg) including a season long 18-yard gain. ¬†Unfortunately New England would be forced to punt after a pass to Aaron Hernandez was caught just short of the first down marker.
Brandon Spikes Having a good game so far. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Brandon Spikes had the highlight of the early part of this game on New York’s next possession, with the linebacker blowing up Jake Ballard on an 8 yard reception after the catch just short of the first down marker, which forced a punt.
New England struggled to get anything together on their next drive, going three and out. ¬†The series started with a 6-yard gain by Deion Branch and 3-yard pickup by Green-Ellis, but on 3rd and 1 at their own 15 Danny Woodhead was dropped for a one yard loss to force another punt by Zoltan Mesko.
On the Giants next possession, another highlight was Gerard Warren providing good pressure up the middle on a quarterback hit on Eli Manning. ¬†Vince Wilfork also inadvertently hit Manning in the chin with the top of his helmet, which – if the first seven weeks were any indication – will likely lead to a potential fine. ¬†The hit forced an incompletion and a Giants punt.
An interesting note so far through the opening quarter: While he hasn’t been getting any looks just yet, wide receiver Chad Ochcocinco appears to be a little more confident and so far has been getting open. ¬†What that means as the game goes on remains to be seen, but it should be something to keep an eye on.
The score is currently 0-0, with New England sitting at the Giants 32 yard line at the end of the opening quarter.