Rookies changed the game

September, 9, 2012
In a piece now posted on, Mike Reiss writes on Patriots rookies Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower and how they teamed up for the play of the game in the team's season-opening win.
New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was making his first career NFL regular-season start. For Tennessee Titans left tackle Michael Roos, it was career regular-season start No. 113.

In the battle of youth versus experience, score one for the kid.

There were many positives for the visiting Patriots in their convincing 34-13 season-opening victory over the Titans at LP Field, but Jones' second-quarter strip sack of quarterback Jake Locker that was returned six yards for a touchdown by fellow rookie Dont'a Hightower topped the charts.

The play changed the game. It also served notice that after years of searching for more difference-makers on defense, Pats coach Bill Belichick might have finally struck gold this year -- not once, but twice.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.



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