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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Ups and downs for the Patriots

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At initial glance, a look at which players were "up" for the New England Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and those at the opposite end of the spectrum:

Up

Danny Amendola -- Receiver comes through with a few big plays to take advantage of what appeared to be busted coverages by the Steelers.

Tom Brady -- Quarterback has one of his best games of the season, delivering some lasers as he finishes 23-of-33 for 432 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Marcus Cannon -- Starting at right tackle in place of Sebastian Vollmer, he seems to hold his own as we don't hear much from LaMarr Woodley.

Aaron Dobson -- Rookie receiver hauls in an 81-yard touchdown from Brady in the fourth quarter on a career day.

Julian Edelman -- His 43-yard punt return to give the Patriots a short field and set up a Dobson touchdown grab early in the fourth quarter is a key play in the game.

Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end looks like the "Gronk" of old as he dominates in the first half. The Patriots offense obviously looks much different when Gronkowski is at full strength.

Stevan Ridley / Josh McDaniels -- One week after Ridley was limited to just 20 snaps as part of a running back rotation in a bit of a head-scratcher, McDaniels calls on him as the workhorse and is rewarded.

Down

Kyle Arrington -- Slot cornerback is asked to play on the outside and struggles at times as the Steelers seem to target the matchup. Arrington hangs tough with a pass breakup early in the fourth quarter on an overall tough day.

Logan Mankins -- One week after giving up multiple sacks against the Dolphins, the left guard is called for clipping  and a false start and doesn't seem to be his usual dominating self.

Coverage units -- Both the kickoff and punt coverage units have their struggles.