Also check out other analysis at Patriots Planet ... Sorry for taking a few weeks off, guys. I've been pretty busy with stuff and the breakdowns for most of the first 5 games would be "domination, domination, and domination." But since the Browns game wasn't as dominating a performance as we've come to expect, I feel this is a pretty good game to take a look at. Here's the first part of that loooooong 14-play opening drive. I'll get the rest up within the next hour or so. First Half Kickoff: Hobbs from the NE 2, 18 yd. return, Hobbs bobbles the ball at first then is taken down by two defenders, one who shed Andrews and one who beat Evans. Offensive Series #1 Field Goal Contributor: Pats1 Time: 15:00 remaining in the first quarter Statistics: 14 plays (6 run, 7 pass, 1 field goal), 78 yards (21 run, 57 pass), time of possession was 6:59 Breakdown: 9 green plays (3 run, 5 pass, 1 field goal) for 74 yds. (17 run, 57 pass), 1 black play (1 run, 0 pass) for 3 yds., 4 red plays (2 run, 2 pass) for 1 yd. (1 run, 0 pass) 1st and 10 NE 20 Result: Draw, Morris, right guard, 3 yds. Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Moss), TE Brady right, Morris RB left vs. 4-2 nickel, NB and LCB press. After making some pre-snap adjustments, Brady gave the draw off to Morris back across the line. Particularly noticeable is how much push the OL got off the snap. Mankins pulled playside and had plenty of room with which to work after Neal and Kaczur bulldozed the LDT back, even swallowing up the WILB in the process. Light and Hochstein also did a great job of sealing the RDT and RDE backside. However, Mankins was only able to neutralize the SILB and not move him, clogging up the hole enough for the LDE to spin free from Brady inside and take down Morris. 2nd and 7 NE 23 Result: PENALTY on NE-R.Moss, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at NE 23 - No Play. Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Moss), TE Brady with Moss in bunch right, Morris RB left vs. 4-2 nickel, LCB press. Out of the no huddle, Moss jumps on the first count. 2nd and 12 NE 18 Result: Pass, Brady, 5 yard curl, 7 yds. Analysis: Same formations, except with the LDE McGinest standing as a LOLB. This time the Pats do go on the 1-count. The NT drops back into a zone here, leaving only the LDE and RDE to rush, and with the LDE riding behind Brady and Morris going up against the WILB, a large throwing lane was opened. This play was a simple high/low on the LCB, sending Moss in a fly up the seam and Brady in a quick outside curl underneath. Very easy way to cut the 3rd down yardage by more than half. This is the type of play you come back to later on. If a LB covers Moss to compensate, you go to Moss. If a S covers Moss to compensate, you open something up deep. 3rd and 5 NE 25 Result: Pass, Moss, 15 yard post, 16 yds. Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Moss), TE Brady right, Morris RB right vs. 4-2 nickel with SLB tight and all 3 CBs press. Back to the no huddle, this time with the formation much more spread out, but with a strong right side, prompting the Browns to put both LBs (high/low) over that side. No blitzing again, giving Brady an immaculate pocket and wide open throwing lane to the left, where his first reads are. After a good few seconds, Brady shifts over the right where a Hochstein block inside opens up another throwing lane. This time Brady is covered low, Stallworth and Morris mid, but Moss is open deeper. He originally was covered by the LCB well on a post, but as soon as Moss pulled up to go back outside, the LCB turned upfield to follow Moss outside, and in the process ran into the SS, sending both to the ground. If the Browns had avoided running into each other and the pass rush was even the least bit effective, this probably would have been a 3-and-out. 1st and 10 NE 41 Result: Run, Morris, up the middle, 8 yds. Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Moss), TE Brady right, Morris RB vs. 3-3 nickel, LCB and RCB press. Quite simply, the OL cut through the interior of the Browns defense like a hot knife through butter on this one. Both the SLB and MLB cut across to their right on the snap, taking the MLB out of the play but drawing the SLB right into the running lane. Hochstein and Neal both did a good job of peeling off their blocks inside to seal these guys off, but Neal took an extra second getting away from the NT and couldnât get an angle on the SLB who made the stop. 2nd and 2 NE 49 Result: Run, Morris, left guard, 5 yds. Analysis: 3 WR, 1 left (Stallworth), 2 right (Moss, Welker), TE Brady right wing, RB Morris vs. 3-3 nickel, all 3 CBs press. Tremendous push by the OL again, along with Light and Brady sealing off the edges. Mankins pulled off a double on the RDE to take on the MLB, but just as Morris tried to split Hochstein and Mankins, both the RDE and MLB regained some ground and closed the gap. Still enough for the 1st down though. 1st and 10 Cle 46 Result: Pass, Welker, crossing pattern underneath, 7 yds. Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 1 left (Stallworth, 2 right (Moss, Welker), TE Brady right wing, RB Morris left vs. 4-2 nickel, LCB press. The Browns again refrained from blitzing, instead opting to drop both of their LBs back into coverage. So, it goes without saying that Brady could pitch a tent in the backfield with the time and space he had. Perhaps not sending a LB was a good idea, though, as both Morris and Brady ventured out in passing routes. This was purely a timing play, as a quick Brady fly drew the SLB deep, opening up underneath for a Welker crossing pattern. Brady nailed Welker on this pattern, a second before Morrisâ route culminated just ahead of Welker with a nasty block on the WLB. However, the RCB was in a zone this time, causing Welker to slow up and the NB, trailing, to catch up. 2nd and 3 Cle 39 Result: Run, Morris, left guard, 4 yds. Analysis: 3 WR, 1 left (Stallworth), 2 right (Moss, Welker), TE Brady right, RB Morris vs. 2-4 nickel, NB press. A rather exotic defensive formation left the Browns with only two big uglies (3 if you count Willie) to protect against the imminent danger of a first down. I donât know if itâs a new microphone, but this play, along with the last few, feature a whole lot of OL/DL grunting and other âman sounds.â It is quite symbolic of the playing style though, as this was just another case of straight-man, bulldozing blocking. This play was designed to go through the âaâ gap between Hochstein (WILB) and Mankins (RDE), but Neal was pushed back into this gap by the SILB while still engaged with the LDE. No problem for Morris though, who simply doubled back behind Neal and Kaczur and won a pushing match against the SS for the first down.