What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for the 12 penalties for 114 yards called on the Patriots, Sunday night’s game wouldn’t be as close as it was. The Patriots came out with fire and intensity and never relinquished the controls. A showing like Sunday night was exactly what the Patriots needed to reassure all the quaking media members, but it was expected from those who have seen what this team has done over the past 13 years after an embarrassing loss the week before.
- Through the early part of the season the offensive line has warranted some concern. Sunday night the Patriots started their third different offensive line combination in as many games. This combination was undoubtedly the best all season. Left to right the starters were Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer. The veterans of Connolly and Wendell provided the best guard play that the Patriots have seen all year. Solder looked like his old self and kept the pressure away from Brady’s blind-side. The rookie Stork looked good as well, creating holes in the run game and keeping the middle of the pocket clean. Of course this is just one game but Sunday’s game was the first positive sign the offensive line has given us all year so we’ll take it. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17 »
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