Here is a look at this week’s New England Patriots stock watch, after their 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills.
The veteran signal caller put together the best game we have seen him play in quite some time, particularly in the vertical passing game. Brady completed a number of deep passes, none more impressive than his 43-yard touchdown to Brian Tyms. This added a dimension of the offense that made this attack look extremely dangerous, mainly in the second half, where Brady completed 15 of 17 passes, and tossed three touchdowns.
I think it is safe to say LaFell has gained Brady’s trust to start the year, as he has emerged as New England’s top outside threat through six games. He was great once again yesterday, making big plays throughout the game, including two huge fourth quarter touchdowns.
It has been a long time since I have seen a deep ball-ball touchdown like the one Tyms caught yesterday, and it was honestly reminiscent of Tyms’ idol: Randy Moss. Tyms is very fast, and he showed he has a great pair of hands as well on that touchdown catch. I hope he continues to stretch the field for the Patriots, because that could really help open up this passing attack.
Sammy Watkins who? Revis made the young star look absolutely invisible yesterday, which really affected the Bills’ offense. Watkins did haul in a 20-yard completion in the second half, but that was all he got. Revis is establishing himself as the best corner in the league once again, and I can’t wait for him to dominate better competition in the future.
The Patriots were without Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley, Dont’a Hightower and Jerod Mayo for most of this game, and they held one of the NFL’s best running games to 68 yards on 23 carries. The defensive line was terrific not only in holding their ground in the middle, but also setting the edge on the outside, never allowing C.J. Spiller to break a long one. There is concern going forward with Mayo probably done, but this was a good outing for the defensive front. Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones also combined for four Kyle Orton sack, which is a big positive.
Solder has really taken a step back this year, and that continued in this game, as he was beaten multiple times on the edge by the talented Buffalo rushers. He needs to find his game, and quickly.
Scott Chandler caught six balls for 105 yards against the Pats, and for a good portion of the game he was covered by Tavon Wilson, who is a bad football player. I really don’t understand why the Patriots have kept him around this long, and with their linebacker situation under fire, Wilson could be a candidate to get cut.
A bad snap in the first quarter cost the Patriots three points.