Defense falls to last in league
The Sports Xchange
A win is a win, but there's something to be said
about ugly wins in
September and October coming back to haunt you in January.
The Patriots bounced back from a loss to Buffalo
with a 31-19 win at Oakland on Sunday, yet they still allowed 504 yards
of total offense, dropping their defense to dead last in the league in
Should there be concern? Last year, the Patriots
finished 14-2 despite a shaky secondary and a non-existent pass rush,
then got ousted in the opening round of the playoffs by the New York Jets. Logic
suggests if things don't change soon, the Patriots could be
in for a repeat performance.
The one thing they did well Sunday, however, was
stop the run, which was arguably their biggest challenge. The Raiders
entered the game ranked No. 1 in the league in rushing. Darren McFadden
finished with 75 yards on 14 carries, which isn't as bad considering
the bulk of that yardage came on a 41-yard run early in the game.
"I think we handled the run game," nose tackle
said. "A lot of people challenged us that we couldn't
stop the run game at all."
Also, the total yardage doesn't hurt too much when
you take into account the fact the Patriots only allowed 19 points. The
bend-but-don't-break philosophy reared its head again, but that might
not work as well against a more multifaceted offense.
Perhaps the best news is the running game, which
received two monster efforts from BenJarvus
Green-Ellis and Stevan
Ridley. Green-Ellis rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries with a
while Ridley led the team with 97 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
The running game worked to keep the Raiders offense off the field,
which might be the Patriots' best defense at this point in the season.
The struggling Jets come to town this weekend
fresh off back-to-back losses, including Sunday's meltdown against
The Patriots figure to score early and often
against New York's defense, which is allowing 23.8 points per game.
What remains to be seen is whether or not New England can contain Mark Sanchez and
the Jets offense. The Jets appear to be ripe for the
picking, but so, too, is New England's defense, and that hasn't changed
regardless of the opponent.
Can the Patriots Stop Anybody?
Brady threw two touchdowns against
Oakland to move past Joe Montana (273) and tie Vinny Testaverde
for eighth place on the NFL's all-time list. Johnny Unitas is seventh
with 290 touchdown passes. Brady also now has 114 career wins, three
--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter, his 21st career TD run. He is now
tied with Laurence
Maroney and Antowain
Smith for eighth place in
franchise history. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Green-Ellis
has 16 touchdown runs, which ranks second in the NFL to Houston's Arian Foster.
Welker had 158 receiving yards, giving
him 616 yards for the season, which puts him on pace for 2,464 yards.
The NFL record for most yards gained in a season is 1,848 by Jerry Rice
in 1995. The Patriots' team record is 1,493 yards by Randy Moss in
2007. Welker's career high is 1,348 yards in 2009.
Mayo left Sunday's game with a reported
MCL sprain and could miss at least a month, according to published
Love left midway through Sunday's game
with a knee injury but ultimately returned and reported no lingering
Woodhead suffered a left ankle injury
Sunday against Oakland and did not return.
--RB Stevan Ridley finished Sunday with a
career-high 97 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Ninkovich left the game with a right leg
injury that has plagued him for a while. He did not return, but
afterward said he was simply suffering from soreness.
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