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    Post-Game Notes on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. Noted Individual Performances

    Here are post-game notes on the team’s offense, defense, and special teams. Bear in mind this is only game 3; there is a long view still in perspective, and negatives from this game will likely be corrected by December. That said, in this snap shot in the season (defense and special teams to come in the next post)…

    Offense

    -The offense was rolling all game, yardage-wise. At one point early there were 3 straight drives of 12+ plays, 70+ yards driven. In the first half outside of the red zone there were lots of screens, fake double reverses, trap runs, and play action after establishing the run. Most plays had Brady under center, a bruising rushing attack which totaled about 100 yards by half time.

    -The running attack and O-line was dominant/physical all game. Maroney ran great early on before his injury – decisive cuts, always moving forward even while falling down. Aside from his age, Fred Taylor is almost a perfect back – great vision, fast, smart, powerful, always moving forward, reminds me a lot of Marcus Allen in finding little openings to gain yardage. Sammy Morris has found a role as the short yardage back. Faulk was great, as always, as the 3rd down and shot gun back. I’m not sure why the offense got away from the run during the game, especially in the red zone and 2nd half (protecting a 9 point lead)…leading to the next point.

    -Major red zone issues persist. 1 TD in 8 red zone chances now, through 2 games. The offense needs to stop using so much shot gun when we enter the red zone, seemingly trying to get Brady a TD every time we’re in the red zone. We had multiple long drives which died within the 5-yard line on failed shot gun pass plays. Our lone red zone TD was on repeated runs with Taylor. We had success driving the rest of the game, mostly under center and not in shot gun.

    -Tom Brady is still very rusty, to be expected. He missed maybe a half dozen wide open throws, a few of which would have been TD passes. Not fully stepping into throws, consistently sailing them high, and is also lacking touch or feel on the softer thrown balls. He’s getting more comfortable with time; his deep throw to Baker showed he’s getting it back (slowly).

    -Aside from Moss, the receivers are also dropping balls or running poor routes. Joey Galloway is below average, reminds me of Bethel Johnson: super fast, bad hands, bad routes, poor awareness/smarts. Galloway should have had a monster game today with 2 touchdown catches, but his bad feet, awareness, and hands negated two sure TD’s. Edelman also had two drops on wide open balls right in his hands.

    -Randy Moss was clutch. All game was making extremely difficult catches in huge 3rd and 4th down conversions, and was still moving around receivers who didn’t know where to line up.


    Defense

    -The defense was solid once again. The unit has not given up 300 total yards of offense through 3 games now. It appears that Belichick’s confidence in his other D-line players after Seymour left, is unsurprisingly well founded (suck it, Tony Massarotti).

    -The corners and pass defense played solid except for Wheatley. Leigh Bodden is excellent - good at press, doesn’t get fooled, solid tackler, never out of position. Springs was solid on the other side. Jenkins and White did not make an impact most of the game. Adalius Thomas completely shut down Tony Gonzalez all game. Wheatley still plays too far off the line and is still fooled by good route running.

    -Wilfork’s injury is concerning. When he left the game, the Falcons had much success running against us with Michael Turner. We were fortunate that we made it a 2-score game, which forced the Falcons to get away from the run after Wilfork left. Guyton was decent in the middle, for the second straight game.

    -The pass rush is still non-existent. Even when we send 5-6 rushers, the QB still has plenty of time to scan the field and not make a rushed throw.

    -3rd down and long defense is still concerning. The unit still usually sends only 4 rushers and gives up the long pass over the middle. This has been an issue for more than this game.

    -Great individual plays were made by McGowan, who made a tremendous forced fumble which was recovered by Sanders. Sanders also saved a huge gain multiple times.

    -Random, but is anyone else noticing that Dean Pees is on the sidelines going nuts whenever the Pats actually make a 3rd down stop? I saw this at least 3 different times in the game, he runs out like a madmen and starts high-fiving his players.


    Special Teams

    -Special teams is poor. On kickoffs Gostkowski is in on several tackles (never a good sign). On the plus side, Hanson is booming punts.
     
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    As requested, please post your reactions here.
     
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    Re: Post-Game Notes on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. Noted Individual Performa

    Defense was outstanding, bar none.

    Holding Gonzalez to one catch.

    Shutting down Ryan & co. in the 2nd half.

    All without Wilfork and Mayo.
     
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    give the ball to Fred more, good things will happen.
     
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    Nice way to finish. Let's keep up the balanced drives and ease up on the QB and receivers. Balance will lead to more wide open receivers.
     
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    Our D is vastly underrated... a whole bunch of ball control also helps.
     
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    Impressed by the defense overall. Playing without Mayo-Wilhite-Butler and then Wilfork rest of game, we held Turner to a 3.7 ypc avg

    Roddy White..one of the best WRs only had 24 yards receiving on 4 catches and Gonzalez had 1 catch. i'd say thats shutting their best players down

    offense..much improved pass protection..Brady and the WRs still having issues connecting but overall it was an improvement

    great win..much needed. tough matchup next week
     
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    It has been 3 games, but I have seen enough. Many people will not agree.

    We have a TOP 5 defense. The stats and the film shows.
     
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    The Defense is great. I dont think these guys are getting teh credit they deserve. Brady was better today but the recievers are still out there. I dunno what is going on with them. I thouht the Oline was solid as well.

    BIGGEST problem is that damn redzone offense. for the love of god. I know we won today but too many times going down the field for a field goal. It's aggrivating to watch.
     
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    Solid play by the D, still would like to see something more from both Burgess and Thomas... Like a pass rush...

    The offense needs more balence like today, but there is hope..

    Big game against the Ravens next week...
     
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    I disagree that it was much needed. It's a long season.
     
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    Cant afford inj to Wilfork, and we do need Welker back for the Ravens
     
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    Lot's of frustration with the playcalling and overall RZ performance, but these are the types of wins I like to see from our team. Control the clock, and the defense makes timely plays/stops. I'll take these wins early on over blowing every team out the water 56-10 any day personally. Let's make it like the good ole days where we peak at the right time.

    Just hope Wilfork is okay.
     
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    This.

    We'll be awesome once we get over the dropsies/near misses between Brady and the WR's. Our defense has been pretty damn effective these first 3 weeks.
     
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    Re: Post-Game Notes on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. Noted Individual Performa

    [edit - migrated my notes on defense and special teams here, into the original first post]
     
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    I think the win was needed because last week's loss I'm sure didn't sit well in the locker room. and losing today wouldn't have helped. I think it was good for morale - but I think what you meant was that it wasn't a "Must Win" game. I'll agree with that.
     
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    I agree, Ive been praising them all week for their play the first two weeks.

    get Brady's timing back and some bodies back and we're gonna fly.
     
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    Agreed. They could have blown the Falcons out today had they not screwed themselves out of TD's all day.
     
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    Re: Post-Game Notes on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. Noted Individual Performa

    Wheatley gave up one reception to one of the best WR's in the game. I'm pretty sure Wheatley lines up where he is directed to by the coaching staff.

    Not sure why you'd single him out.
     
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    16 point win isn't a blowout???
     
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