Sunday, December 8, 2013
Ups and downs for the Patriots
By MIke Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, a look at which New England Patriots players were "up" in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, and those at the opposite end of the spectrum:
Ryan Allen: Punter continues to excel from a situational standpoint; his 53-yarder in the first quarter reflects his strong work.
Stephen Gostkowski: Kicker hits a long field goal and then executes perfectly on an onside kick to set up the game-winning touchdown drive.
Shane Vereen: Running back is the team's best skill-position player, at one point making all three plays on a 72-yard scoring drive.
Coaching staff: When a team continues to come out flat in the first half, it starts with the coaching staff.
Nate Solder and offensive line: Left tackle is beaten for a sack and later a pressure, which highlights some overall struggles up front in pass protection.
Aqib Talib/Devin McCourty/Steve Gregory: Patriots give up touchdown passes of 80 and 40 yards after breakdowns in the secondary. While there is some good play in the secondary, those two plays are big in a low-scoring game.