A disappointing first half followed by a dominant second half leaves the Patriots at 6-2 leading into the game with the Steelers. The Patriots defense in the second half was not your typical Patriots defense as the Pats blitzed quite a bit and were rewarded with six second half sacks. The Patriots offense while miserable in the first half, really no other way of describing it, was pretty good in the second half scoring 24 points. The Patriots need Aaron Dobson to continue to develop as although he had 60 yards and a TD he could have been much more involved. WRs not beating man coverage is really the story so far as defenses are just taking away Gronk and no one else is getting open something that must change. Hopefully with even more evidence Ridley will start to become the feature back, as he is clearly the best back the Pats have right now.
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nesn.com by Doug Kyed
Bill Bellichick often receives a lot of heat for his drafting classes, however it seems this class might be one that greatly helps the rest of Brady’s career. While its still to early to judge if Bellichick’s struggles with receivers continues the article looks at the quality contributions the defensive rookies have brought so far.
bleacherreport.com by Mike Dussault
Aaaron Dobson with 60 yards and a TD while still not as effective as one would hope facing mostly man was the Pats’ lone bright spot on the receiving core as Gronk and Amendola combined finished for 5 catches 42 yards, Thompkins no catches, and Edelman 2 catches for 7 yards. Numbers that must improve all around or the Pats will be watching the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
espn.go.com by Mike Reiss
Although most of us look at Ridley as the best back on the team since Vereen is hurt it seems that Bellichick and McDaniels think otherwise as Ridley was in for just 20 of 65 plays. It seems right now the Pats are using Bolden for passing situations and Blount/Ridley for big back situations.
espn.com by Field Yates
One of the best defensive halfs of the year for the Pats. As even though the injuries have began to pile up the Pats D was dominant in the second half with an unusual Pats defensive plan, sending pressure. While the Pats are unlikely to switch plans and make that the primary staple of their defense from here on out it is likely the Pats will utilize it a little bit more just to switch things up.