In a game where many people thought it shouldn't have been as close as it was, the Patriots escaped Buffalo with a win. The 23-21 victory was a nail biter for most. With an inconsistent game offensively the Patriots looked to a new target to carry the load. That target was wide receiver Julian Edelman.
Jimmy Toscano of CSSNE quotes Josh McDaniels:
"Well Julian has always been a versatile guy for us. He's been able to play multiple positions," McDaniels said. "He's a tough player, he's a tough competitor. He can make plays on the perimeter, he can go inside and do some of those things inside that we ask him to do. Yesterday he came up with quite a few big catches for us, and certainly a few big plays down there in the end zone on third down that were really critical for us. Jules is a guy who works hard. Tries to go in and do the best at everything we ask him to do. He's always prepared for the games and tried to make the most of his opportunities. Yesterday I thought he really helped us."
The need for a reliable receiver in Tom Brady's offense is very great at this point in time. With the injuries and also the unreliability of the rookie receivers it will be tough to find. If Edelman can repeat what he can do tonight from Sunday, there is no question the Patriots will beat a very beatable New York Jets team.