Patriots: 6 likes, 6 dislikes from Week 7
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Here are six things we liked from the New England Patriots’ 30-23 victory over the New York Jets in Week 7:
Like: Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower giving us further proof that they are the best inside linebacker duo in the NFL. This play was a perfect example of the ferocity of this pair; Hightower bull-rushing and knocking down a Jet’s blocker and tripping Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Collins using his unparalleled athleticism to chase Fitzy down and finish the play. Awesome.
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Like: Danny Amendola catching anything near him. On a day when Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman struggled to catch the ball, Amendola stepped-up for the second straight week and led Patriots’ wide receivers with eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. This catch was the highlight of the day:
Like: Chandler Jones opening-play strip-sack. The fumble was recovered by Hightower, and it really boosted the Patriots at the start of the game. With 6.5 sacks under his belt, Jones is now tied with Michael Bennett and Carlos Dunlap for the league lead. That’s more than J.J. Watt has right now.
Like: 304-pound tight end Michael Williams catching a pass. Right after the catch, Williams brushed off a converging Jets’ defender with ease. He’s a big man.
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Like: Holding Jets’ elite rushing offense to just 60 yards. Chris Ivory was stuffed from the very first play, and neither he nor Zac Stacy were able to get much more than a sniff against Alan Branch and the Patriots’ surprisingly stout defensive front.
Like: Tom Brady putting team on his back. He connected on 34 of 54 attempts for 355 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and also rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 12 of those 20 incompletions should have been caught, but the Pats simply had a terrible case of the dropsies in Week 7.
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