Felger: Loss of offensive weapons caught up to Patriots
Mike Felger says that up until today, the Patriots had survived without Welker, Gronk, Hernandez but it finally caught up to them.
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-- -- -- Patriots to this point had survived the loss of Wes Welker the injury to Danny Amendola the injury to Rob Gronkowski the murder charge to Aaron Hernandez is about all those things. Today I think it's safe to say those things all caught up to a big time the defense once again. I give credit to the page's defense that was a terrific afternoon they did give up one touchdown. But -- Cincinnati had to fight for that thing. Thought Aqib Talib is just flat out -- not be totally shut out AJ green but you can't shut out. AJ green that deep to lead made as many plays on him as vice Versa about the Raiders linebackers played well in this ball game. And so once again you know the biggest defense did their job I don't think anyone would have thought the pats win any game against anyone and they don't score touched on this respect all those losses they had on all -- And I can't argue with today on that point you know even on like this group of guys are gonna get better I can't argue with the David gronkowski Hernandez. You and -- with even without Wes Welker -- having the rest of those guys employees know Shane Vereen. I thought the Patriots -- probably put at least a touchdown on the board is -- -- -- -- -- away. But you make a great point the Patriots defense. Played I thought they played fantastic throughout the course of his game that they stayed in there hung in there. -- a couple of field goals and obviously when you lose players like Tommy Kelly there's no Vince Wilfork. You know you lose some puts up the middle and is sold on the test done. McDonough -- -- -- they pounded the middle of that defense was thing which was the plan don't do it too much but they did what it was when he some -- in the middle for six plays the game more runs it and it wasn't -- them but throughout the course of the game. You saw where where it became very effective for me and I go and run out of the middle patience and open so this. Linebackers played as well as they could to help protect the middle went against some pretty good time is that the Bengals head. But you know overall it was a good solid by the defense and there's -- and put up any points. Would also was frustrating like when is that the vandals tried to give it away the angles where the angles I mean they weren't bundles the Cardinals and -- -- got the ball running up the clock fumble. They're down at the goal line sort of goal of one. Offside though they ended up scoring on opposition possession but it took them to go four on fourth and one that. Which I thought was the wrong move at the time I would have kicked right -- -- Simpson in the -- on Thursday and okay interception but what an interception or adult in the first half yes and then on defense. Patriots fourth and five. Since then it's off the field but the defensive back -- offside by about three yards but Eagles weren't stupid as they usually are and that's. That's sort of frustrating they gave -- chances to get back in that game like.