We’ve already done the Humble Pie on Tuesday edition, now it’s time for the Doughnuts on Tuesday Edition.
Here are the players who soared above the rest with their Sunday Night play over the Texans.
1. The Secondary:
Logan Ryan have yourself a day, night, and game! He covered Hopkins with safety help and was better than anyone could have asked for. Hopkins was targeted six times and caught 3 for 52 yards. The safety play by McCourty, Harmon, and Chung was beyond great. They kept the big plays away all night. Butler went one-on-one with Nate Washington and won the battle. Butler gave up one big play to Washington for 49 yards, after that shut down on Cape Butler. Washington was targeted four times with one catch for the 49 yards. Butler broke up another big pass play attempt and a touchdown attempt. New guy, the slot guy, the 3rd corner with the great dance moves guy, AKA Leonard Johnson, had an outstanding night. He was targeted 3 times allowed 1 catch for -1 yards. He had two huge 3rd down, pass breakups. What a night.
2. The defensive Line:
HAVE YOURSELF A DAY PASS RUSHERS! Easley and Nink had a sack, Sheard and Hicks had 2 sacks. Sheard also forced two fumbles, one the Patriots recovered. Hicks made 6 tackles as well. Sheard’s second fumble of the night resulted in a turnover which resulted in a Pats touchdown to put the game on ice. The defense truly won the game.
3. The Linebackers:
Jamie Collins is an excellent player and he showed that Sunday Night. The linebackers never let the ground game kill them or get out of control. They stuffed it more times than not along with the wildcat attempts by Houston. Jerod Mayo had a huge night with 8 tackles and stuffing the run. He looked like the old Mayo.
4. RB Brandon Bolden:
He had to step in as the ground and pounder for the Patriots when LeGarrette Blount went out with an injury to the thighs I believe. Bolden had a lot of runs where the defense thought they stopped him, but did not, as his legs kept turning and churning up yards. He rushed the ball 16 times for 51 yards. He’s 5’11 and 220 pounds, but he runs like a 300 pound lineman, just faster.
5. TE Rob Gronkowski:
Tom Brady was happy to have Gronk back. Gronk made two big catches for big yards and made a touchdown catch against a safety. After a scary looking knee injury and missing one game, Gronk was back looking better than ever. He caught all 4 passes that went his away for 87 yards and 1 touchdown. That’s 10 touchdowns on the season.