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    Overall, nice way to get a W and start the season. The team got out to an early lead on an unprepared opponent and let the foot off of the throttle, but it was a solid three phase victory. There was a lot to be enthused about this afternoon, but there were also things to temper this excitement. Here are my impressions/observations. I may be wrong, but this is just how I saw it.

    Defensively:
    Patricia and Belichick are a mean tandem. For the longest time I have harped on how pass rush and pressure were schemed things, not tallent based. Today was a great example of this. Each blitz, pressure scheme, and flushing play were brilliantly designed. There were intricate loops, zone blitzes, stunts and slants. Much is made of two-gap in this scheme, but two-gap was played about 45% of the time, and was done in obvious rushing situations only. This makes sense as two gap is a run concept, but to dial up one gap stuff in run situations shows a commitment to athleticism and creativity.

    The addition of Spikes cannot be understated. With the timely additon of a true Mike backer, the Patriots can now have some schematic flexability. The best example of this was the Guyton pick-6. A well rested situational player placed in the right position creates points. Mayo played well in his natural Will role, and Spikes was quite good for his first game as a pro playing Mike. He can do a better job with his disengagement, but this will come with time and experience. He is the catalyst for the sudden flexability of the front-7.

    Patrick Chung is everything we were banking on. A rugged, tough tackler with exceptional burst to the football. Notice that not only does he not miss a tackle, he stones the momentum and ends the play at the point of contact. This is perhaps the single most important attribute a defensive player can have. End the play when you arrive. His playmaking will improve with development and experience, but as it stands right now he is playing at an upper eschelon strong safety level.

    I thought Meriweather got dinged up, and James Sanders coming in hurt the team. Prior to Meriweather getting hurt, Sanders was getting subpackage reps at Mike. It is amazing to see the creativity that this team was once predicated upon come back, and this only comes with depth. Let's hope that Meriweather can come back soon, because the safety play was noticeably worse when Sanders was moved from his situational role to FS.

    Oh, and McCourtey. Yeah.
    Offense:

    Well. It feels nice to see the O clicking like it should. It's like they have a boss that comes over and says, "Hey, you are appreciated. I love you. You are the best receiver ever. You have phenominal corn rows. I like your large headphones." Now, y'all can spin that however you want, but thats the troof right there. Brady looks good. Logan who? Did they draft good tight ends? Welker definately did strike a deal with Satan.

    Less obviously, there was some legit plays executed there. The beginning plays were incredibly intelligent coverage drawing plays that created easy single reads for the QB. I was the biggest Bill O'Brien hater out there last year and am now eating my words. The guy drew up some phenominal plays for today, understood coverages, and when he went to the run they were directional plays that leveraged the strengths of a well coached line. Nice work out there.

    Special Teams:
    Anytime you make your team faster and more athletic, you are going to see a significant return on your special teams. They were covering exceptionally well, they were blocking exceptionally well, and obviously Tate is legit. They can use more reps with the kickers, but they will only improve as the season goes on. This is going to be the strongest unit on the team this season, and will win games for them.

    My overall impression was that this team is legit. They began to hide things after the second quarter, and it tells me that Belichick's great effort is going to be something significant. For the first time in two years this team outcoached the opponent by an appreciable margin. There is a lot to be excited about this season. While the Bengals did not play well in the first half, the effort and schematic excellence cannot be overlooked. The Patriots outcoached their opponent today. When could you say that last season?
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    -Disappointed Mayo dropped TWO INT's in the same drive. Looks like he is just a tackling machine, not a playmaker.

    -Chung is a beast. I knew he would be. But he seriously looks like the best Defensive player out there today. Love the energy he brings to the D as well.

    -Nice pick-6 from Guyton

    -Our offense is set, with or without Randy moss. Welker, Tate, Edelman, Taylor Price. There's a deep set of receivers. But the big question is weather Tate can develop as a deep threat to open things up underneath.

    -Hernandez and Gronk will both be Pro Bowl calibre.

    -McCourty kept one of the best receivers contained.
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    I actually enjoyed watching Gronk block. He destroys guys. Height, hands, footwork, attitude...I'm in love.
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    1. See new thread
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    Awesome post. You've set the bar high with what I've read/heard of you in the past, and I was not disappointed. I look forward to something like this after every game!:p
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    Good stuff as always. I'm with you on O'brien too I did not expect such an improvement in 1 season. But like McDaniels he is going to work out just fine. That was a clinic not just from him but the entire staff. The first half we should have shut them out but an offsides negated a 3rd down stop and near pick (possibly would have been overturned to a pick) and then Bengals drove for a long FG. The defense is going to have it's downs eventually but all in all we are only going to get better.
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    I'm surprised he even had a chance on that second one, you have to remember how fast this stuff happens. Everything looks easy when Phill Simms talks over a slow motion replay.
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    Excellent breakdown. O'Brien's play calling cannot be understated. Never once were the Bengals able to get a read on what we were doing offensively. He called a hell of a game tonight. The thing that makes me nervous is the relative ease with which our DE's were getting sealed on rungs going through the B-Gap and to the outsides though. But, overall, this was much better than what I was expecting. Hopefully they can keep it up next week and embarass the Jets.
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    Oh hell yeah. This thread made my night
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    I'm not sure if such a thing is technically possible; either the JEST are literally incapable of it, or so good at it that the Patriots can't embarrass them more than they've already embarrassed themselves. ;)
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    I know this team is being re-made in many ways, and there is still a ways to go, but what they are being re-made into is something that is going to be feared on both sides of the ball and special teams. There will be road bumps, but this is the start of a whole new something special.
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    I agree with all of the praise given to O'Brien. I was very impressed with his play calling today, something I really didnt see coming. He mixed things up and was creative, something we didnt see any of last season. I thought that Taylor had a very strong game, even though the stats werent eye grabbing. He ran very hard and had some big gains in big situations. I also thing Brady is a lot more comfortable with O'Brien, he was seen joking around with him after the last TD I believe, that is something you didnt see any of last season. This season is going to be very exciting
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    Let's not start dissing my boy Moss, ie, the O doesn't need him. For instance that wide open toss to AHern was created by Moss being double-teamed. Moss creates havoc, please do not underestimate his importance to this O. Do you realize the two most prolific offenses ever in the NFL had one thing in common? Both had Randy. Coincidence? I don't think so.
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    Excellent analysis as always!
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    The best thing that could have happened over the summer is that Bill O'Brien was reminded that there is such a thing as the play-action pass.
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    Couple of questions on today's game. How many defensive plays did Spikes have about. I know Guyton started and they ran a lot of 6 db sets but I wanted to see more of him. Injuries, Neal got banged up, did he re-enter the game? Algernon walked off an injury hope he's ok.
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    (A) Neal returned a bit later.
    (B) Reiss should have participation stats tomorrow or Tuesday.
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    Neal came back.

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    The guys before me in this thread have a much better handle on that stuff than I do. Technically, Guyton didn't start as they started the game in their standard 34 package. He was sick situationally as the Pfifer 2.0 we all thought he would be once they built out the backerhood.
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    Reiss will have that breakdown sometimes this week.
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