FOXBORO – Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are not like-minded people. They are not equivalent. There is no debate as to which quarterback is the best of times, despite the countless statistics that Rodgers Brady is leading.
Nevertheless, Rodgers is as close as possible in this regard, meaning that there are fewer better opponents of defense for the Patriots than for the Packers. They responded with their best defensive play of the season and with good scores across the board.
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Offensively, the Patriots put things together, without the runner and the top close end of the top tackle have exceeded the 30-point limit for the 30th time for the 30th time in the last six weeks for the 30th time. That also meant good grades.
Let us come to them …
Tom Brady did not turn when he was over, but he had a worthy drop at the goal line on a roll-out attempt. This drive, which ended in a decline in sales at the goal line, was for Julian Edelman inaccurate throws and an unusual attempt by Josh Gordon in the end zone, where quarterback and receiver were not on the same page. Gordon was not so sure of his route that he slipped and went down. Brady was also caught witnessing the Packers rush at the end of the third quarter after missing a free Russian who led to a sack. Four games later, in third place, Brady looked down on the hustle and threw Chris Hogan a toss. Brady's rip to Edelman for 15 yards in first place in the second quarter was a darts and he beat Edelman with another perfect throw over the middle as Edelman fell. Brady's hobbit to Gordon, his flea flicker. and his no-window throw to Edelman over the middle was all money and pushed the note where it is.
RUNNING BACK: B +
Cordarrelle Patterson finished 11 transfers for 61 yards and a touchdown, paving the way for a group of recipients who had 13 rush attempts for a total of 89 yards. These are the most rush attempts of this position group in the franchise history and the league, which was 15 since Brown's receivers in 1993. Most of these groups are Patterson, as Patterson is his main task. Thirty-eight of his yards came into contact, according to Pro Football Focus, and he ran both outside the numbers and between the duels. James White struggled through an injury to give the Patriots a boost in the second half with his double pass screen and the touchdown run (his second night). He also made a tricky throw back to Brady because of the flare flares – because Brady was about to come under pressure and made the decision to hit a harder – who loved Bill Belichick.
RECEIVER: B +
Gordon has shown that he is still a physically superior player to most of the others as he paces the Packers defense along the sideline for a big win. His 55-yarder started shaking off a poor duel effort by Tramon Williams. Gordon also gives this group a small push because he shows some toughness by dealing with a dislocated finger in the second half. His stumbling fourth in the goal line is quite inexcusable. This is a game with seven points. Still surprised that Brady went to him if it was not going to be a safe jump ball. Gordon looked confused on the way. Edelman's drop hurt, but this group did more than poorly, between Edelman's runs, his double against White, his block on White's second touchdown, and Hogan's drawn pass interference call in the end zone.
END END: B
Dwayne Allen had been in the black during the season, when he got a pass in the apartment and limped to 21 yards. He also served as a key player in both trick play. He made an important block to buy Brady flea flick for some time, and he served as a biplane – though he is not really a deep threat – on the double pass. James Develin was effective in the run game again, but it helped the Packers take the safety precautions so lightly that they had to use the shy Williams in run support. At the end of the first quarter, Develin was perhaps the simplest block of his career when Williams crashed the shield when he saw the full-back.
Attacking line: B +
Solid work of this group against a talented pair of defensive duels and a plan that can confuse. Sure, they hit. Ted Karras spanned Mike Daniels at the start of the game with a three-man rush. And Brady never saw the second sack coming, exploiting an overloaded left side of the patriot line. But on the whole, they did what they had to do to give Brady time and give her back space to run. Trent Brown had a bounce-back game after Dante Scarnecchia said in essence last week that Brown had leveled off the bills. He had key blocks in both White's first touchdown and Patterson's touchdown attack. Marcus Cannon also seemed to be playing concussion in his first game without obvious mistakes.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Ryan Allen was at the center of some key games at the end of the third quarter when he imposed a harsh punishment on the punter, who gave the patriots a breathing space. Later on this trip, he started a boat that Matthew Slater had met at the six. Two of his three punts landed in the 20th. Stephen Gostkowski scored all five kicks he tried and continued his strong run after winning AFC Special Team Player of the Month in October. Patterson also came in with a nice win of 36 and 28 meters. Reporting was also strong, holding Bashaud Breeland for 20 to 23 yards. No punts were returned.
DEFENSIVE LINE: A-
This was the game of the year for Brendan Daly's group. When I talked to him last week, he said keeping one of the keys to Aaron Rodgers at bay was almost like playing the barrel, even if you want to rush the passer-by and make him feel unwell. The reason? As a defensive lineman, you want to be able to control your blocker and have the potential to lose yourself in one way or another should Rodgers – or any mobile quarterback – look for an escape route. There are two gaps in the bull noise to fold the bag. It's a "crush-rush" and the Patriots played it almost every Sunday night. According to Pro Football Focus, Rodgers has been pressurized 22 times a season high, often as a result of this power rush breaking his bag. Deatrich Wise was early on a factor with two hits and a bullshit that put a blocker in Rodgers lap to force an incomplete. The Patriots pushed Rodgers' fourth in the fourth quarter to fourth place to force another incompletion. Her only sacking game on a rare T-E stunt, where Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn team up to reach the Packers line – they're probably preparing for a head-on-power hurry – is off balance. Even when Rodgers broke, Flowers or Clayborn pursued him. This was Clayborn's top performance of the year, although in the first quarter of the third quarter a neutral zone penalty was imposed and Flowers was temporarily dominating. Lawrence Guy made a groundbreaking game with his forced fumble, and Malcom Brown was stuck against the run. This grade would have been an "A" if it had not been for the penalty and allowed 4.7 yards in the run game.
LINE BACKER: B
Hightower was a factor as a pass rusher, especially when it came to power, as was often the case. Someone like Hightower is useful in this scheme because he is so powerful at the point of attack – even working against larger blockers. He finished in a hurry and rushed to accelerate sales with the downs at the end of the game. Hightower tracked Rodgers and ripped him out of the race to make a run, and he pulled in earlier in the game. Kyle Van Noy squeezed Rodgers briefly. Hightower and Van Noy were both in the area when Aaron Jones brought Chunk Runs, and it was a quiet night for Elandon Roberts to get a quarterback rush. Nothing spectacular here, but a good performance in a good overall defense.
Secondary: B +
It was not perfect. It was very good. Stephon Gilmore led the way by switching off Davante Adams. Two catches at four goals for 15 meters against this caliber receiver and this caliber quarterback? This is a performance of the next stage. It may be time to wonder if Gilmore is not one of the best corners of the league. Is he # 1? PFF ranked him as the top player of his position, ahead of Chris Harris Jr., Byron Jones, Kareem Jackson and Kyle Fuller. No. 6? Jason McCourty. He gave up a 51-yard attack when he had no help with a flood coverage of the Patriots. He recovered, however, as Rodgers came back to him later in the game. Outside the one big game he allowed two goals for five meters for nine meters. Not that bad. He also had two pass breaks. His brother helped enforce an imperfection by speeding Rodgers to lightning, and he helped break Jimmy Graham's pass in the end zone. Why is not the grade higher here? Patrick Chung, who was very strong against the run, was called to hold on to Graham, and he dropped to third and fifth as he played far beyond the sticks. Jonathan Jones also had an occasional coverage, so six goals were achieved on six goals for 52 yards. He was also in the area when Davante Adams broke off his route, reversing direction and catching Rodgers' shovel pass. It's hard to dock a player after this game, but that's a "gypsum" situation in a scramble exercise, and Adams looked like Jones's job.
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