Sep 272012
 

Last week: 3 (-2)

Record: 1-2

The Patriots are under .500 for the first time since week 1 of 2003, but they’ll be fine. Over the past couple of years, they’ve started a little sluggish and then hit their stride. This week, they go to Buffalo to face an old punching bag and hope to avoid their first 3 game losing streak since 2002. They’re still the most consistent team in the league over the last decade. Tom Brady looks great as usual and their division is pretty easy, as is their schedule. Baltimore is the only tough road opponent they had. They’ll make the playoffs with ease, win a punch of games, and maybe even get a first round bye. However, no Super Bowl loser has won the Super Bowl since 1972 and unless the Patriots can fix things on defense, that streak will extend another year.

Studs

QB Tom Brady: 28 of 41 for 335 yards and a touchdown, 1 throw away, 5 drops, 104.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 10 of 45 drop backs (2 sacks, 1 scramble, 4 of 7, 1 throw away)

LT Nate Solder: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 49 pass block snaps, run blocked for -1 yards on 2 attempts

WR Wes Welker: Caught 8 passes for 142 yards on 10 attempts on 45 pass snaps, 8.1 YAC per catch, 1 drop

Duds

TE Rob Gronkowski: 1 penalty, allowed 1 quarterback hit on 8 pass block snaps, 2 catches for 21 yards on 3 attempts on 41 pass snaps, 4.0 YAC per catch

MLB Brandon Spikes: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 penalty, allowed 2 catches for 68 yards on 2 attempts

CB Kyle Arrington: Allowed 5 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 1 penalty, 7 solo tackles, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle

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