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Monday, September 24, 2012
3 up, 3 down for the Patriots

By Mike Reiss

BALTIMORE -- At an initial glance, a look at three players whose performance was "up" and three players at the opposite end of the spectrum:

Up
Tom Brady -- Quarterback calmly directs an up-tempo approach and avoids the big mistake.

Brandon Lloyd -- Receiver has a big night as the Patriots pick on cornerback Cary Williams.

Wes Welker -- As Patriots play primarily with three receivers, he is in the slot and produces big numbers, including a 59-yard reception down the left sideline.

Down
Kyle Arrington -- Starting right cornerback has some struggles in coverage.

Niko Koutouvides -- Penalized twice on special teams, once for an illegal block above the waist and once for being offsides.

Pass rush -- Joe Flacco has too much time in the pocket.

Referees -- Too much of an impact on the game, with both teams victimized by questionable calls.