Tedy Bruschi sees the Patriots' rushing attack and hurry-up offense as hard to defend.
One thing you need to know about the Patriots' offense is that it's game-plan specific. Whatever they think will work against the opposing defense, that's what they will go with. This offense also is reactionary. During the game, if they find they are able to exploit a certain weakness, they'll stick with that. But last night, as a former defensive player, it was even frustrating for me to watch this running attack. I don't know how it can be stopped. Leave it to the Patriots to be trend-setters -- to have a running game that utilizes the zone concept and power running schemes, and do it in a hurry-up mode. I don't think I'm doing it justice by calling it a hurry-up mode. That's an offensive frenzy you saw yesterday. The Broncos couldn't even line up. They could not substitute, and that defense was looking to the sideline and asking to be taken out. I do see this continuing for the Patriots in the future.
Jeff Howe spotlights just how effective the Patriots no-huddle offense was Sunday, and how it's as much about exploiting matchups as it is about tempo.
The offense made concerted efforts to get to the line of scrimmage as quickly as possible through large portions of their 31-21 victory, and the Pats pressed the issue without any mercy for the Denver Broncos’ defensive players, who were sucking wind and unable to line up in time. The Broncos were tired, made some mental mistakes and failed to get in position quickly enough to control running lanes.
Since it was working, the Patriots ran more plays out of the no-huddle than any other game this season. They were in the no-huddle for 44-of-86 offensive snaps.
- Erik Scalavino discovers part of New England's game plan against the Broncos was to prevent them from making substitutions as often as they wanted.
- Erik Scalavino breaks down the biggest play of the game, that looked like it had no chance of succeeding: Woodhead's 3rd-and 17 run.
- Patriots report Kevin Faulk will announce his retirement at the Hall at Patriot Place today.
- Robert Kraft issues a statement on the retirement of Kevin Faulk.
- Patriots win over Denver delivers highest local ratings of 2012 season.
- Press Conference: Bill Belichick (13.26 min. video).
- Patriots Today - Sound from the winning locker room. (1.10 min. video)
- Patriots Today - New looks in Pats' secondary. (2.31 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Ninkovich making an impact. (3.16 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Offensive line looking good. (3.03 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Monday thoughts from Welker, Slater. (2.39 min. video)
- Matt Chatham focuses on how tough it is to effectively blitz Tom Brady. If the blitzers don't get there in time, he'll make them pay.
- Greg A. Bedard tells us how the Patriots were able to run their offense so fast on Sunday against the Broncos.
- The Herald staff breaks down the Pats' no-huddle and how it was used against the Broncos.
- Mike Reiss reviews the TV copy of the game and closes the book on Pats-Broncos with five observations.
- Tony Massarotti claims this team is the most balanced offense in Tom Brady's tenure as QB of the New England Patriots.
- Field Yates offers some observations after re-watching the Patriots-Broncos game: First half and Second half.
- Michael Hurley thinks the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning duel was decided by Sterling Moore, and other leftover thoughts.
- Mike Rodak notes Wes Welker explained his comments about Bill Belichick were just a joke - which apparently is something no one seems to take anymore.
- Shalise Manza Young clarifies that Wes Welker's quip after Sunday’s win was merely a joke, and that he and coach Bill Belichick have a good relationship.
- Field Yates notes Bill Belichick highlighted a handful of negative plays during his Monday presser.
- Tom E. Curran says Bill Belichick was not amused with Stevan Ridley's fumble.
- Tedy Bruschi posts the transcript of his weekly Monday Patriots online chat.
- Field Yates hears Matthew Slater sharing some thoughts and memories of Kevin Faulk, as the 13-year veteran RB will announce his retirement today.
- Mike Reiss takes a look at the players who showed up on multiple units within the Big 4 on special teams.
- ESPNBoston serves up some soundbites from Eric Mangini on ESPN Radio's "The Herd" program. He thought the Broncos could have won.
- Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Wes Welker was irritated after forgetting the press couldn't recognize a joke if it tackled them; Kevin Faulk is set to retire today in a ceremony at the Hall at Patriot Place; Stevan Ridley finished Week 5 as the fourth-leading rusher in the NFL.
- Ron Borges grades the Patriots in his Week 5 Report Card. Brady gets an A- for running the no-huddle to near perfection.
- Field Yates helps us get to know the Seattle Seahawks.
- Mike Reiss tells us Sunday's Patriots-Seahawks game will be broadcast on CBS, with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the call.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) Tom Brady's secret to beating Peyton Manning? Being in control. Terrific article.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Stevan Ridley makes New England most dangerous team in NFL.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Champ Bailey: Patriots hit us in the mouth, we didn't hit back.
- Kennedy Ross (Cold Hard Football Facts) Tom Brady beats Peyton Manning for old time's sake.
- Howard Ulman, AP (Pro Football Weekly) Brady tops Manning behind Ridley's big game.
- Alan Grant (Nat'l Football Post) Enough already. The Manning vs. Brady story is old and it misses the big picture too.
- Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Welker says it was just a joke, comedy dies a slow death.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) AFC East Spin Cycle: Week 5.
- James Walker (ESPN) Seven-step drop: Are Dolphins No. 2?
- Ron Jaworski (ESPN) Jaws: Pats offense might be better than '07. (1 minute video)