Here are some of the Patriots who stood out as studs in the game yesterday against the Dallas Cowboys, and some who were more of a dud.
- Andre Carter – Carter finally showed some of the pass rushing ability that Patriots fans witnessed in the preseason. Carter sacked Tony Romo twice and had 5 total tackles.
- Linebacker corps – The starting linebackers – Gary Guyton, Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich – did a phenomenal job limiting the Cowboys’ running game and Pro Bowl TE Jason Witten. The Cowboys only had 77 total rushing yards, and 17 of those were a Tony Romo scramble. The LB’s jammed Witten at the line and disrupted his timing with Romo, holding him to only 4 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown that was a one-yarder.
- Kyle Arrington - I don’t understand this guy. I mean, he’s not that great in coverage and gets beat, but he always seems to be the guy making an INT, which he did early in the game. Say what you will about him, he’s got a knack for getting picks, and currently leads the team with 4.
- Red zone offense - While the offense put it in the end zone when it mattered most, it shouldn’t have came down to that final drive. They were 2 of 4 in the red zone and turned the ball over twice inside the Dallas 50. They could have put the game away much sooner and extended their 30 points per game streak.
- Pass protection - Tom Brady was hurried and hit several times throughout the game and was sacked 3 times. The offensive line appears to be struggling against the better pass rushing teams.