C.J. Mosley has been given the chance to play more the last couple of games and is taking advantage of it. He had tipped passes in the second and third quarters, and beat Logan Mankins for a second quarter sack that ended a drive.
Sione Pouha was active. He blew up Sammy Morris on the line in the first quarter. He had a third quarter sack of Matt Cassell. The QB tried to scramble up the middle and Pouha wouldn't let him go anywhere.
Kris Jenkins had a couple of dominant plays. He displayed perfect technique on an early second quarter stop of Morris. He locked up Dan Koppen and then shed him at the perfect moment to get Morris as he attempted to go by him up the middle. Also in the second quarter, he pushed Koppen back into runner Heath Evans for a loss of two yards. Jenkins beat Mankins for a second half sack.
The defensive line did a poor job on a Faulk gain of 20 in the third quarter.
The linebackers were okay, but the pass rush needs to improve.
Calvin Pace finished with seven tackles, but didn't have a sack and has just half a sack in the last five games. Pace missed a tackle on a short pass to Kevin Faulk that went for 19 yards at the beginning of the second quarter.
Bryan Thomas was very quiet and finished with just two assisted tackles. He hasn't had a sack in the last five games. Perhaps his strained calf is limiting him.
Eric Barton was very active, finishing with 17 tackles (14 unassisted). He forced the Patriots to kick a field goal on their first drive by stopped Faulk on the line on third down. Barton forced a fumble on Ben Watson early in the third quarter.
Matt Cassell scrambled eight times for 62 yards. The linebackers didn't do a great job containing this.
When a secondary is involved in a game where the opposing QB throws for 400 yards, three touchdowns and a 104.3 rating, it's hard to heap too much praise on them, especially against a developmental QB like Matt Cassell.
On the Patriots first possession, Ben Watson beat Hank Poteat over the middle for 11 yards and the cornerback was also called for pass interference. Poteat had a real nice PD on Watson on the goal line late in the first half.
You have to feel a little bad for Dwight Lowery. Teams are staying away from Darrelle Revis and picking on the rookie with regularity. He's going at it as hard as he can, but clearly giving up too many plays. But to his credit, he's also making a lot of nice plays.
Jabar Gaffney beat Lowery on a crossing route for a gain of 16 yards on the Pats first drive. A few plays later, Lowery had a nice run stuff on Kevin Faulk around the line that force the Pats to kick a field goal. In the middle of the second quarter, Lowery had a pair of defenses passes on Gaffney just a few plays apart. But a few plays later, Gaffney beat Lowery for a TD on fade. With all the attention being paid to Wes Walker and Randy Moss, Lowery was in single coverage on Gaffney on his play. Lowery had near pick late in regulation.
Abe Elam had a nice run stuff on Sammy Morris for no gain early in the second quarter.
Revis had perfect coverage in the end zone on pass attempt to Moss early in the second quarter.
Kerry Rhodes recovered a Watson fumble early third quarter.
Ty Law had a nice PD on Gaffney on crossing route that ended a third quarter drive. He gave up a TD pass at the end of regulation to tie the score to Randy Moss, but that was a lofty assignment for a guy who was out of the league in 2008 until early this week.
It's hard to say there was a blown coverage on long run off a screen by Sam Aiken late in the first half. It was just very well executed play with good blocking. They get paid also.
Neon Leon did it again.
Washington had a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. David Bowens had a tremendous block on this play, as did Wallace Wright. Washington had another nice return late in the first quarter that went for 36 yards with Cody Spencer leading the way.
Jay Feely had six points (two field goals and four extra points). James Dearth snapped well and Reggie Hodges did a solid job as the holder. Hodges averaged a little under 40 yards a punt on five kicks.
The best coverage play was when Abe Elam stopped Wes Welker in his tracks late in the game.
As for penalties, both in the first half, Ahmad Carroll was called for holding on a punt and Jason Trusnik was called for holding on a kickoff return.