It could be argued that Greenway has already made a name for himself, but as a second-year player Angerer may be regarded as one of the best linebackers in the game after this season.
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Brady’s NFL-record streak of consecutive regular-season home victories now stands at 26. He broke Brett Favre’s old record during the Patriots’ last home victory, over Green Bay.
To compound things, Brady comes out of the timeout and does some odd dance behind center Dan Connolly. Brady lined up under center, appeared as if he wanted to audible to a shotgun, stepped back, and then realizing the play clock was again winding down, steps back up to Connolly, tapping him on the backside to snap the ball quickly. The result of the chaos was a false start by Logan Mankins. How can they be that unorganized, almost drawing a delay-of-game penalty, coming out of a timeout? The Patriots went from a 3rd-and-goal at the one-yard line back to the six-yard-line. The Patriots would go on to score on fourth-down thanks to a Herculean effort by Welker but it cheerleader websites could have been a costly sequence. As it was, the loss of the timeout could have been pivotal.
For the Patriots, the mid-season trade acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib has changed the dynamic of their defense. Talib has brought an aggressiveness to the defense, allowing them to blitz more often. It has also allowed Devin McCourty to switch to safety. McCourty has proven to be a ball-hawk as a safety, whereas, as a cornerback, he hardly ever knew where the ball was. The Patriots also don’t have a safety who can cover as much ground as McCourty.
Coby Fleener: The 2012 NFL draft was not a strong one for the tight end position. However, Coby Fleener has the size and speed to make plays down the seam and be a red zone presence. His blocking is suspect, but he becomes the new Dallas Clark for Indianapolis. What makes this selection even better is that Fleener already has chemistry with Luck from playing together at Stanford. Every quarterback needs a security blanket and Fleener can be this for Andrew Luck.
And what is going on with the hurry-up offense? I keep harping on this, but I don’t understand why the Patriots use it early in games or with leads late in games, but not when they’re trailing in the fourth quarter when it is most needed. It is my most disturbing memory from the playoffs last year against the Jets-the Patriots taking their time huddling up, and then running the ball in the fourth quarter while down two scores.
Just like the Cleveland loss last year, this game should serve as a wake up call. The Patriots will be fine, but it concerns me that this team looked a lot like the teams of recent seasons which have ended with frustrating playoff losses-no pass rush, mental mistakes, lack of emotion, Brady turnovers, blowing big leads. I predicted this team (and Ochocinco) would struggle out of the gate, and pick it up late. There is no such thing as a “sure thing” on the schedule. Everyone will blame the defense for this loss, but I blame Belichick and Brady. Anybody doubt those two will bounce back?