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Devin McCourty: A
After a shaky, up-and-down game against the Baltimore Ravens, cornerback Devin McCourty bounced back in a big way with a tremendous performance against the Buffalo Bills.
McCourty made two nice interceptions in the game, and was not burned for any big plays. He played the way that the team needs him to play on a consistent basis, and he led the Patriots’ secondary effort in this game.
Kyle Arrington: B-
Sunday was another subpar game for Kyle Arrington, who has not had a strong 2012 season thus far. This time, it was Arrington who was beaten off the line by Donald Jones, who tore through the Patriots’ secondary for the Bills’ biggest play of the day, a 68-yard passing touchdown.
Arrington did have one pass breakup in the game, and was not repeatedly beaten as he has been in some games, but there is certainly room for improvement in his game.
Patrick Chung: B-
Patrick Chung was also responsible for the big touchdown play by Donald Jones, as he completely whiffed on a tackle attempt that could have stopped the play much earlier. Overall, it was a bad day for Chung in pass defense, who was also beaten on a 24-yard touchdown pass by tight end Scott Chandler.
Aside from the miss, Chung had a fairly solid day of tackling with six total tackles, and he did break up another pass intended for Chandler, but he will be most remembered from this game for the times he was beaten.
Steve Gregory: B-
It was a quiet game in the secondary for free safety Steve Gregory.
Gregory was in position where he could have made plays, but did not, on both of the Bills’ big passing plays in this game: Donald Jones’ 68-yard touchdown and Brad Smith’s 35-yard touchdown. He had four tackles, but all of them were at least seven yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
Tavon Wilson: B+
Coming in as the third safety, Tavon Wilson made the biggest impression of any Patriots’ safety in this game.
Wilson’s interception was just being in the right place at the right time, as the ball was thrown directly at him with no receiver near him, but he also made a fumble recovery. Additionally, Wilson made three total tackles, including a very good tackle in which he laid out to take down Fred Jackson at the line of scrimmage.
The one gaffe of Wilson’s game came when he was called for a holding penalty on the punt return team, on a ball that was fair caught, but he had an otherwise strong showing.