Overall, good win. I thought that the team played exceptionally well, and generally controlled the game until the Suggs play. I also thought that Baltimore deserves all the credit in the world. That is the best team NE has faced all year, and they are truly the real deal. Ray Rice is an exceptional back. I had no idea just how explosive he is. He's going to be a player for some time in this league. I was impressed that NE was able to run the ball with even mild effectiveness against that defense. I thought that the NE defense is continuing to improve, and the more I watch them the more I like them. Being a defense guy, let's take a look at that first. How good does it feel to have some safeties again?! I think that safety is the most undervalued position in football, and when a team has guys who can make plays back there, it opens up a lot for the defense. Meriweather has really developed. I thought that he was going to be good, but never this good. He is improving game to game and is on the cusp of becoming an elite safety. He looks like a player who gets the scheme and feels comfortable enough to enable his talent to shine. His closing speed is exceptional, and his ball skills are really emerging nicely. He is going to be a key component of this defense moving forward. McGowan continues to impress me as well. He has been a real gem of a find. For the second consecutive week, they have shut down a top tier tight end. Darius Butler is emerging. He probably has the best raw coverage skills of any corner on the team as it stands right now. His footwork and speed was no question coming out in the draft, but it is his ability to combine these into the ability to stay glued to the receiver that is what impresses me. He's going to be a player. Bodden was looked good today. Not a lights out performance, but solid. An interesting note about his interception. This was a heady play. He read the drop of the quarterback to make his positioning decision. It was a quick drop with quick routes, he understood that with the pressure coming on Flacco, he wouldn't have the time to hit the deep release the receiver broke into. Recognizing this, he made the decision to stay on the hitch and came away with the football. Heady, heady play. Gary Guyton remains a work in progress. While I think that he is adjusting well to being the Mike, he needs to improve on the most important attribute of a Mike; getting off of blocks. It is a subtlety that is not often recognized, but it is a tremendous component of the position. Mike backers need to realize that they are going to get blocked on nearly every play in this scheme, and accordingly their production against the run is largely a function of getting off of these blocks. While Guyton has improved this year, he still has a long way to go. When Mayo comes back, the two of them will be fantastic when Guyton shifts back to his more natural fit at Will. Burgess finally came to play today. It seems like he is starting to grasp the scheme, and is beginning to play with greater confidence. Today, I saw a player who looked comfortable in his assignments. Let's hope that he continues to improve. TBC was again productive. I have found this year that I need to keep reminding myself that Tully is indeed Tully Banta-Cain. He is playing at a very high level. Mike Wright, Jarvis Green, Tiny, and Wilfork all played exceptionally well today. Turdell Sands is also a large human being. I love watching this defense line not only generate push but get in the backfield and become disruptive. These guys are all good players, and it is nice to see them be able to penetrate. As a whole, the defense remains the strong unit on the team. I was encouraged by not only the creative pass blitzes, but by the well executed run blitzes. It seems like the team is allowing it's players to take the leash off and get after it. Pressure came in every shape, and it was productive pressure at that. Wonderful to see. I would like to see the unit become a little better on third down, however. Too frequently, the until will create 3rd and 7 to 3rd and 10 yet loose on 3rd down. Great defenses are ultimately great because they can win on third down. The unit is elite on 1st and 2nd, but will need to shore up 3rd down in order to get to that next level. That being said, the next level is one of an elite unit. They're not there yet, but eventually they will be. Offensively, the trends continue. Brady looked the best he has looked all year today. Moss was tremendous in his blocking. Morris had a great game. Logan Mankins was incredible today. He did a tremendous job in blocking Ngata. Ngata is as good a lineman as there is in the NFL, and for the most part Mankins won the matchup today. It was clear that he was assigned to block Ngata, and he executed effectively. While I like Matt Light, and think that he is still a good tackle, I think that when he is beaten, he is beaten badly. I think that it is only going to be a matter of time until Vollmer cracks the lineup. I also think that I am finally going to give up on Maroney. I tried to defend him, I tried to stay patient, I just think that the time has come to recognize that he just doesn't know how to play runningback in the NFL. While there is no doubting his ability, he just doesn't know how to play the position. I think that he can be a productive player when placed in open field situations, but it's time to give up on him as an actual runner. I'm also still patiently waiting for the team to get away from the zone. They just can't execute that inside zone, and it nearly always results in a negative play. They have great pulling linemen, and it's time to go with that as the bread and butter. Nevermind how effective it is against penetration. All in all, the team continues to develop into what it will be at the end of the year. Each week, my excitement is building. I can see both units improving, can see the creativity in the schemes increasing, and can feel the units gelling. While the team is currently one of the better teams in the NFL, there is no question in my mind that they are on their way to becoming a juggernaut. They're still a few weeks away, but when it all comes together, this is going to be the best Patriots team since '04. Great win and the team continues to emerge into what I thought they can become.