Patriots-Bills: The Bad News for New England
Tom Brady completed 31 of 39 passes for five TDs in a 56-10 win. Randy Moss was on the receiving end of four of those scores, and totaled 10 catches on the night.
Still—the news wasn't all good for the Pats.
New England running back Laurence Maroney managed just 19 yards on the ground. Granted, he was only handed the ball six times—but what does that say?
Is Maroney still injured? Is Bill Belichick so displeased with Maroney's play that he's just plain not giving him the rock?
Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel each carried the ball 10 times, and both had better yards-per-carry averages than Maroney.
For all Moss' highlights, meanwhile, he did have one glaring drop—on a ball that hit him in the numbers with no defenders nearby. Donte Stallworth had a similar flub.
Those kinds of concentration lapses can't happen. If anything's going to derail the Pats come playoff time, it'll be the failure to do the little things right.
Speaking of the little things, there were a number of plays on which New England linebackers had trouble wrapping up open-field tackles. If the front seven can't secure the ball carrier more consistently, the Pats will be in trouble in January.
The poor tackling form was on display against the Colts too. Apparently Belichick and Co. didn't find a solution during the bye week.
Other than that...the Pats played okay. You can't argue with 56-10.
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