I already did the Jets breakdown, but there were a lot of ridiculous threads posted last week so I thought I would save that for the bye week. I have been following the trends from last week into this week and see marked improvements. There are ups and downs and aggravating inconsistencies, but we are getting there. To start: 1. The defense was very uptight on the first drive made against them. They have got to relax. Sometimes when the LT reads high hat, it is what it is, and you key on a strongside run and get a good flow to it and try not to play on your heels too much. I think that is the downside to a BB defense- they tend to be cerebral and sometimes think too much, and think a high hat LT or RT is a decoy and the Bills have got a complicated play unfolding. Just based on the high hat reads on the end of the OL, I could call a run play going the other way, and that is what happened with the Bills on three consecutive snaps. They are not a complicated team to play against. For example, 1st and 10, 11:59 first Q: cover 5, OLB stand up outside shade tech 5. We see Bills RT read high hat and key off it to anticipate weakside run, and LB should shade accordingly. You can see Spikes try to sell inside blitz and just shoots the weakside B gap and overpursues instead of letting the play come to him and spy Lynch to the outside shoulder of Cunningham where he would make the tackle for a loss. Lynch instead gets the first down plus some on a bounce out. 2nd and 9, 1st Q 10:44, we feint cover 5 and go to cover 3 at the snap with Chung , Arrington fakes press and blitzes and Chung rolls up weakside to pick up. We see Bills LT in high hat and read off it, and think to get a good strongside flow, but the LB corp doesn't do that and doesn't shade strongside. Again, Spikes does not key off that and does not let the play come to him and just tries to gap shoot instead of spying the RB and pick him up on Ninko's outside shoulder (the way Bruschi would do it). As a result of gap shooting, he gets eaten up by the RG and what should have been a gain of 0 yards, turns into 5, stopped only by Ninko's ability to shed the kick out block by the FB. Brace also held the double-team in check. The defense needs to have the confidence to let the play come to them, and to understand that, as illogical as it sounds, allowing the play to come to you can actually result in a loss as opposed to being overzealous and getting caught in overpursuit. 2. First Patriots drive- huge difference in Brady's performance from last week to this week. His first reads on pass plays were Welker, and on 2nd pass it was Gronk-Edelman, then Hernandez who was on a low drag and to his credit did not quit on the play but improvised a seam route. I continue to be very impressed with Hernandez. A lot of people have compared Edelman to Welker, but I see a lot of Welker in Hernandez in that he has that uncanny ability to feel coverage over his top in addition to his juking skills. Example: 2nd and 5, 6:43 1st Q. 2 x 2 in Posse (3 WR 1 TE 1 "RB") Moss and Welker in stack look. Brady motions Edelman wide to expose Bills coverage (cover 5 with press on Tate and Moss; you see Byrd rolled up to Moss). Brady's first read is on Hern who does a hitch and feeling the LB pursuing the outside leverage (incorrect) spins underneath and gains 9 YAC. The Moss TD was a beautifully designed play. We are in 3 x 1 3 TE package, with Crumpler motioning to weakside, and nobody follows so we see zone, but the FS drops to pick up Crumpler on LOS, so Brady does not audible out because he knows the CB is supposed to stick with Moss, so the play-calling is perfect here (weakside run with Crumpler as the kick out block). CB and SS bite on the feint and that is enough for Moss to gain a full step on them.