It’s always amazing to me how much more you can pick up after watching the game already knowing the outcome. I guess it’s obvious that your brain works better when you’re not all stressed out.
Few more things I wanted to share based on last night’s re-watch:
- When you really boil it down the Pats offense should’ve scored even more than they did. Take away the two missed field goals and two fumbles and this one could’ve been ugly.
- The defense didn’t handle the quick change after Gronk’s fumble well enough. They should’ve seen a quick shot down the field coming. Chung had decent position but was just short enough that he couldn’t make the play.
- The Pats struggled against the Bills screen game more than I thought they would.
- Both of Spikes’ forced fumbles were him scraping down the line of scrimmage, lower his shoulder and exploding into the ball carrier. This is a switch from how we usually see him coming down hill at attacking. Future opposing ball carriers will have to be aware of where Spikes is at all times.
- The Fred Jackson catch over Jerod Mayo reminded me of the Manningham one in the Super Bowl. Just an absolute perfect throw and catch. Hard to be too miffed at Mayo for that one.
- Wow, did Mario Williams look lost out there. I didn’t even notice him once on Sunday and after focusing on him a bit more closely I can see why.
- Brady and Lloyd weren’t connecting early but it’s a great sign of the trust Brady is developing with him that he kept going back to him. As we saw with Joey Galloway and Ochocinco, Brady will give some guys a chance early but if they don’t make the play they might not see another one.
- Still hard to take too much away from this one as far as our defense goes. Forcing multiple turnovers is a great sign, but the ones at the end were more Fitzpatrick just chucking it up there. The secondary is going to need their best game of the season against Peyton.