Monday, November 14, 2011
3 up, 3 down for the Patriots
By Mike Reiss
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On an initial instinct, a look at three players whose performance stood out, and three players at the opposite end of the spectrum, in the team's 37-16 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium:
Andre Carter -- Veteran defensive end, whose role includes staying on the field to rush in sub packages, sets a single-game Patriots record with 4.5 sacks. The Patriots bring the heat on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, and it is led by Carter.
Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end finishes with eight receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, looking like former Giants great Mark Bavaro. A factor as a pass-catcher and blocker, Gronkowski is one of the rare tight ends who can dominate in both areas.
Rob Ninkovich -- Linebacker intercepts two passes, one that he returns for a 12-yard touchdown to put the capper on the victory.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Kevin Faulk/Stevan Ridley -- Running backs can't get it going on the ground, combining for 20 yards on 18 rushes.
Sebastian Vollmer/offensive line -- Starting right tackle is beaten on the play in which Tom Brady is penalized for intentional grounding, which results in a safety and highlights an uneven day for the big guys up front.
"First-half" Tom Brady -- While the "second-half" Brady could make a strong case to be "up", the "first-half" Brady had many asking what was wrong with the franchise quarterback; he was 12-of-22 and missing throws he usually makes.