Third quarter notes
Posted on September 7, 2008
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- With the absence of Tom Brady (the Patriots just announced he will not return today), there appears to be a very concerted effort for everyone else to step their game up. On defense, Kansas City has not been able to do much, thanks in large part to some nice work on the defensive side of the football by New England. A big sack by Adalius Thomas led to a Kansas City punt, and 11 plays later, the Patriots were able to cash that in when Sammy Morris bulled his way in from the five to make it 14-3. As I type this, the Chiefs are driving for what would be their first touchdown of the day with Damon Huard under center. (And just as I type this, Kansas City scores on its first drive of the fourth quarter. It will likely take one more score and one more stop for the Patriots if they are to win this afternoon.)
- On offense, the Patriots are definitely more conservative with Cassel at the controls. They are running the ball a lot more than they did early (admittedy, part of that is situational football), but they have been able to achieve a level of success on the ground. When they do pass, Cassel is rarely if ever looking downfield — most of the stuff is little dump passes here are there to keep the defense honest.
- Not sure if this is coming through, but folks here in the stands are quiet and anxious.