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An Ugly Win Disguised as a Blow-Out

HKC ran the ball 26 times and passed 38 times.   The Pats ran the ball 35 times and tried passing 28 times.  Huh?

Brady went 15 compelted passes for 28 attempts.   Hernandez had some flashes but also some drops.   Branch and Welker weren't much of a factor(beyond the double-teaming Welker drew).   Ochocinco and Price both got snaps and did nothing.   The Pass-O was saved by Rob Gronkowski.

The defense allowed as many yards as Brady managed against the KC D.   The NE pass-D was saved by CBs Kyle Arrington, Phillip Adams, and the three interceptions they managed.   Would need to watch again to see who was blowing coverage the most.  Molden looked like the weak link of the secondary again.

One curious move on the part of Belichick was not switching Andre Carter to Palko's blindside(Palko is left-hand so the weakside becomes the strong) where the lesser of their two tackles(Richardson) operates.

The run-D looks horrible on paper but subtract 2 big runs and they actually held the KC run game in check more often than not.   Would need to watch again to get  a better feel for who was responsible for the big run by Jones for 26 and the 19 yarder by Battle.

The same however could be said of our run-O.

Shane Vereen, we've been waiting to hear from you.

Ryan Wendell had some good flashes at Center.

Marcus Cannon got some snaps which was great to see..   The Matt Light injury was not great to see and bears watching.

Conclusion:

Take out one blown coverge leading to Gronk's first TD, the blown special-teams play allowing Edelman to a TD, the Vereen overkill TD, and the three interceptions by Tyler Palko(at least 1 or maybe 2 of which were on KC receivers) and we're talking about a very different game than what the score indicates. 

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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