3 up, 3 down for the Patriots

October, 2, 2011
OAKLAND -- A look at three players whose performances stood out at an initial glance, and three players on the opposite end of the spectrum:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Stevan Ridley --
The two-headed attack totals 172 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns, as the Patriots balance out their offense and match the Raiders physically.

Offensive line -- Proving they are more than a finesse offense, the big blockers up front helped control a solid Oakland defensive front that includes Richard Seymour.

Wes Welker -- Receiver finishes with nine receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown, with Tom Brady calling him the "heart and soul" of the team afterward.

Shaun Ellis --
Veteran defensive end misses a few tackles, including one on Jacoby Ford's 30-yard run in the second quarter.

Pass rush -- In a familiar story, the Patriots struggle to generate consistent pressure, as Andre Carter and Co. can't get to Jason Campbell (39 attempts, 0 sacks, 3 quarterback hits).

Richard Seymour -- Two penalties on the opening drive hurt his team in a big way ... in this case, it helps the Patriots. Seymour finishes with three penalties in the game (one declined).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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