Sunday, September 18, 2011

Patriots beat San Diego 35-21, improve to 2-0

The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 35-21 behind a defense that gave up yards but caused 4 turnovers. The defense seems very similar to the squad at the end of last year that followed a "bend but not break" philosophy. They simply aren't going to give up a big play and hopefully force a turnover or mistake by the time the offense reaches the redzone. The Pats had two picks courtesy of Sergio Brown and 330lb Vince Wilfork who showed some athleticism picking off a screen pass. Mark Anderson and Jerod Mayo also caused fumbles and Tom Brady continue to use his second year tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as they combined for three scores and Deion Branch is quickly becoming a favorite of Brady to go with Wes Welker. The Patriots continue the schedule next weekend with a 1 p.m. game at the surprising 2-0 Buffalo Bills.
Here are the winners and losers from this afternoon's game


Tom Brady- I would say 423 yds and 3 TD's is a pretty good day against one of the premier defenses in the AFC

Rob Gronkowski- Gronk had 2 more TD passes and 86 yards receiving

Deion Branch- The veteran wideout had 8 catches for 129 yards and seems to be Brady's go-to guy.

Mark Anderson- Anderson is quickly becoming a go-to pass rusher for this defense that so badly needs him to become one for them to be effective


Devin McCourty- Vincent Jackson went for 172 yards and two scores, most of which was on McCourty which just was another tough day to start the season for the second year corner out of Rutgers

Kyle Arrington- the other corner who got toasted by Jackson throughout the game today

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