3 up, 3 down for Patriots

October, 28, 2012
10/28/12
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LONDON -- At initial glance, a look at three players whose performance was “up” and three players at the opposite end of the spectrum in the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Rams at Wembley Stadium (with some creative math):

Up
Tom Brady -- Switching back to his old helmet, something he joked about Friday after having two subpar performances with a different one, Brady leads the offense to touchdowns on the first five drives. Final stat line: 23-of-35 for 304 yards and four touchdowns.

Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end has a monster first half as the Patriots open a three-touchdwown lead. He finishes with eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Chandler Jones -- Did you see his sack in the third quarter? Trademark hustle plus unusual wingspan.

Offensive line/pass protection -- Playing without starting left guard Logan Mankins, the group of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Donald Thomas, center Ryan Wendell, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer keeps Brady clean.

Stevan Ridley -- Rips off long runs of 30, 20 and 41 yards as the Patriots get big chunks on the ground after initially having the most success through the air.

Brandon Spikes & third-down D -- Three consecutive third-down stops after the Rams’ first scoring drive are crucial in helping the Patriots create early separation; Spikes gets the mention because it is his blitz up the middle that gets it started.

Down
Daniel Fells Tight end is penalized twice -- a false start and for pass interference.

Matthew Slater -- On a day where it is hard to find “downs”, he is penalized for being offside on a kickoff, one of the team's few mistakes on the day.

Tavon Wilson -- He lands here for one play -- Chris Givens’ 50-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter on a long bomb -- but makes up for it with a late interception.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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