Notebook: Performances Worth Mentioning

Some of the Patriots players have done better than others. While some have struggled to pick up their game this season. The team is at 3-2 and facing games they must win to stay in the mix in the AFC East.

Notable Performances

--QB Tom Brady suffered his first overtime loss Sunday at the hands of the Broncos despite throwing multiple touchdown passes for just the second time this season. With scores to Wes Welker and Benjamin Watson, Brady now has six touchdown passes in five games. At this early point in the season, he's on pace to throw just 19 touchdown passes.

--RB Sammy Morris assumed the starting duties against Denver and led New England with 17 rushes for 68 yards in the defeat. He added two receptions for 39 yards.

--TE Benjamin Watson hauled in his third touchdown of the season in the second quarter of the loss to the Broncos. Watson leads New England in touchdown catches and is the only player with more than a single receiving score through five games.

--WR Randy Moss caught as many passes, one, from Tom Brady on Sunday as he did from Denver's Kyle Orton. On the day that Moss recorded his first career interception as a deep safety during a Denver Hail Mary attempt at the end of the first half, the All-Pro had just one reception for 36 yards. It was just the second time Moss has failed to catch multiple passes in a regular-season game as a Patriot, the other was last year's season finale in game-changing winds in Buffalo.

--WR Wes Welker was by far Tom Brady's top target in the loss at Denver, recording a team-high eight catches for 86 yards with an 8-yard touchdown that was his first of the season.

--CB Leigh Bodden's results in Sunday's loss at Denver are an example of how misleading the stat sheet can be. Bodden had a game-high 11 tackles, including 10 solos, mostly due to the fact that he allowed Kyle Orton to continually complete short throws in front of him as Denver's offense moved the ball with consistency.

--S Brandon McGowan continued to be New England's top playmaker this season, recording nine tackles, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in the loss at Denver.

--LB Tully Banta-Cain recorded his third sack of the season when he hauled Kyle Orton down for a 6-yard loss late in the fourth quarter, a play that at the time kept the Broncos from moving into position for a potential game-winning field-goal attempt. Banta-Cain is now tied with Mike Wright for the team lead in sacks through five games.

--LT Matt Light left the loss with a right knee injury on the first play of the fourth quarter and was replaced by rookie Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer, a second-round pick out of Houston, could very well make his first NFL start protecting Tom Brady's blind side at left tackle on Sunday against the Titans.

--PK Stephen Gostkowski established a career long with a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter against Denver. But it wasn't all good news for the fourth-year kicker, as he missed a 40-yarder wide left in the third quarter that could very well have changed the complexion of the game.


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