The Pats squeaked out a close one, and here are some key points, as well as analysis on the big win for New England.

>> The game shouldn't have been as close as it was. Wes Welker dropped two key balls, one an easy touchdown, and the other a 3rd down conversion. This has already cost us one big game, and if it becomes a trend Welker's days could be numbered as a Pat.

>> The defense is struggling. Our secondary played like crap other than McCourty at the safety spot. He forced Freddy Jackson's fumble and intercepted a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass in the end zone that iced the game. Hopefully newly acquired cornerback Aqib Talib can help provide desperately needed production to a troubled secondary.

>> The linebacking trio of Spikes, Mayo, and Hightower has potential to be one of the best in the NFL. If they can play consistently. The three all have talent, played in the SEC (Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama) and look to be great. If all three of them can perform on all cylinders, the run defense will be great. However, none of them are amazing pass defenders, or pass rushers either. They'll need more help from the defensive line.

>>Chandler Jones can really get after the QB. Enough said. He didn't have huge numbers, but he was pressuring Fitzpatrick all game.

>> Tom Brady is having one of the best years of his career. He now has 18 TD's to only 3 INT's. His 3 total turnovers are the lowest for any quarterback in the NFL.

>> Gostkowski is back in action. He was shaky early in the season, including game losing misses against Baltimore and Arizona. It's safe to say that he's kicking like the old Gostkowski.

>> Our offense will continue to roll. It's the best in the NFL, and shouldn't have problems with anyone. It'll only get better when tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and undrafted free agent running back Brandon Bolden (4 game suspension for PED violation) return.

>> And for whoever cares, Alabama could not beat an NFL team.

Mo Perez 11/11/2012 04:58:00 PM Edit

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