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Week 12 Game Thread #2: Patriots at Eagles

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New England Patriots (7-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

Week 12 | Sunday, November 27th, 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

TV: CBS | Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Eagles Coverage: BleedingGreenNation.com

Half-time thoughts:

 

  • Patriots fans had plenty of reasons to worry early on.  On the Eagles' opening drive, Eagles' quarterback Vince Young completed a 58 yard bomb to receiver Riley Cooper. The Eagles then stopped New England quickly on the next drive, and after another long completion to DeSean Jackson, settled for a field goal.
  • After Philadelphia stretched their lead to 10-0, it was all New England from there on out.  Tom Brady is having one of his finest games of the year, he's 13/20 for 213 yards and a touchdown.  That easily could have been two if Deion Branch hadn't been dragged down at the one yard line on a 63 yard catch.  Brady hasn't had much time to throw and has been getting hit left and right, but he's been standing strong in the pocket and making pinpoint throws.
  • BenJarvus Green- Ellis has led the running attack for the Patriots in what has been a well-balanced game offensively.  Benny has 43 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.  He's been patient and is hitting the hole with power.
  • Defensively, things shaped up for the Patriots after those first two drives.  The Patriots haven't gotten much of a pass rush, although Vince Wilfork has had a couple of nice pressures.  However, the team improved slightly in the secondary and Philadelphia is 0/5 on third downs.  Aside from one 22 yard run, the Patriots have bottled up LeSean McCoy for the most part.
  • Overall, Patriots fans have to be satisfied with having a 24-13 lead following the lackluster start from the team.  The Patriots have the ball to start the second half and will have the opportunity to really take control of the game.