Game Balls and Goats
(share your own)
Here's our game balls and goats for this matchup:
1) Tom Brady - Another 5 touchdown performance and another 100-plus quarterback rating. Brady has taken that proverbial next step and everyone on the team is going along for the ride.
2) Mike Vrabel -- Three sacks, forced fumbles and a touchdown catch. Vrabel rocked the Redskins, and a lot of that came as a benefit from the pressure on the other side of the field.
3) Offensive line -- Tom Brady was upright for most of the game because the line gave him time. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk had some sizable holes to run through. Brady finished with just one sack, and was able to pass for 300 yards with a no interceptions mostly due to the protection the live gave him. Maroney ran 14 times for 75 yards (5.4 avg) while Faulk manages 5 runs for 32 yards (6.4 avg.). It beats the under 4-yard per carry average the Patriots runners averaged against the Dolphins and the Cowboys.
Coaching - Good game plan to get receivers open against the best secondary they've faced.
Asante Samuel -- another interception and could have had more if Campbell wasn't more careful.
Rosevelt Colvin -- almost a pick on the first play of the game, fumble return for a TD
Defensive line -- the line was able to pressure Campbell all day forcing the Redskins out of their comfort zone.
Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins fumbles the ball after he is sacked by Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots on October 28, 2007 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
1) Coach Speak -- On running up the score. Sorry, but even though the team was way ahead, there was no reason to go for it on fourth down and then try to claim in the news conference after the game that you weren't trying to run up the score. It's one thing to humble an opponent just because you're better, but going for it on fourth down with that big a lead was a bit over the top. Say it like it is, don't try to avoid stating the obvious. Gets the goat this week, as we're going to hear a lot more out of Washington about this. Gibbs was pissed off after the game.
2) Washington Defense -- a lot of pre game talk about punishing the Patriots receivers then not backing it up enough to matter. They may have read too much into the press they were getting.
3) Randall Godfrey -- He wants to see these guys again because Belichick disrespected the game? Ok, we know he ran up the score and then wouldn't admit it, hence Goat No. 1. But Godfrey has to realize he was part of the defense that gave up over 45 points to the Patriots offense. Be humble, and be quiet. You certainly wouldn't want to see this team again this season, or the outcome might be even worse.
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