Posted on October 26, 2008
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- A steady and consistent performance for New England quarterback Matt Cassel, who finished the first half 12-for-17 for 147 yards. Under center, he was able to buy some time with his feet, and he tucked the ball away and ran for some good yardage when plays broke down. (His 22 rushing yards is good for first on the team.) It’s still early, but this game certainly has the potential to be a good one for No. 16, which would make back-to-back positive outings for Cassel for the first time all season. We’re checking on this, but we’re pretty sure that this is the first time all year Cassel has gone an entire half without being sacked.
- The New England defense has suffered some breakdowns in the passing game, most notably on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Marc Bulger to Donnie Avery, a play where cornerback Ellis Hobbs was badly beaten. (It was the longest pass play of Bulger’s career.) The Patriots have shown multiple looks in the secondary and at linebacker — at LB, six players have rotated in, including backups Pierre Woods and Gary Guyton along with regulars Adalius Thomas, Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel.
- The New England special teams has had a mixed afternoon, but Kelley Washington has gotten after St. Louis return man Dante Hall for a pair of nice tackles. In addition, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski had converted on his two field goal chances and his one extra point opportunity.