Here are some of the Patriots who stood out as studs in the game last night against the Miami Dolphins, and some who were more of a dud.
- Tom Brady - This one’s pretty obvious. He threw for 517 yards (team record, 5th all-time in the NFL fro a single game) and 4 touchdowns. The INT wasn’t really his fault, as Deion Branch missed a block and the ball took a lucky pop into Jared Odrick’s arms. Brady really put the team on his back and carried, or threw, them to victory.
- Wes Welker - Who said Wes Welker can only catch 10-yard passes in the middle of the field. Welker streaked down the sideline for 99-yard TD. He finished the game with 8 catches for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Aaron Hernandez - The tight end is a matchup problem for defenses along the lines of Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates. Hernandez finished the game with 7 catches for 103 yards and a TD.
- Nate Solder - The rookie offensive tackle steps in for an injured Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle and holds his own against a tough assignment in Cameron Wake. He only gave up one sack, and that was more of a coverage sack because he initially beat Wake.
- Devin McCourty - McCourty made some plays but he was also beat several times. He finished with 11 tackles and 2 passes defended. No corner should have 11 tackles unless he’s coming up in the running game, and his tackles were on receivers mostly.
- Stephen Gostkowski - A 47-yard field goal is no sure-thing, but Gostkowski’s miss was so wide right that I think it missed the backing net. It was bad.
- Chad Ochocinco - The first time Ochocinco’s name was called, it was for a penalty for lining up incorrectly (too many on the line of scrimmage). That shouldn’t happen with a veteran receiver. He’s targeted 3 times by Brady but only comes up with 1 catch for 14 yards.