For the second straight week the Patriots made a statement, beating an impressive opponent at home, and showing some defensive spark in the process. Yesterday the ’85 Bears Baltimore Ravens came into town, a team some insisted was too physical for the Patriots to play with. The Patriots were in control of this this one most of the way, and though it was tight at the end, they hung on for a 27-21 victory at Gillette.
Mike Reiss says that this win for the Patriots had a little bit of everything. Michael Vega says that this win could be the defining moment of the 2009 season for the Patriots. Ian R. Rapoport has the previously untested defense making the difference in this one. Shalise Manza Young says that the players may be different, but there was still something very familiar about this win. Positive as ever, Mark Farinella reminds us that the Patriots were one play away from a crushing defeat. Jennifer Toland says that this win shows that the Patriots are getting closer. Tim Whelan Jr. says that while the ending was not ideal, the Patriots will take the results. Rich Tenorio has the Patriots handing the Ravens their first loss of the season. Tom King has the Patriots gutting out the win.
Michael Felger insists that he is impressed by this defense and that they are good. Christopher L. Gasper says that this was a statement game for the defense. Brian MacPherson says that in many ways, the Patriots out-Ravened the Ravens. Ron Borges notes that the defense made all the plays in the most critical moments. Tim Weisberg agrees that this was a statement win for the defense. Andy Vogt has the Patriots showing that this team is not just all about the offense.
Bob Ryan says that this was a very very very good win for the Patriots, even if they needed some luck to pull it out. Jeff Jacobs notes that former UConn star Darius Butler had a hand in this victory. Jim Donaldson says that the Patriots were both lucky and good in this win. Tedy Bruschi has six observations from the win by his former teammates. Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots aren’t quite where they want to be, but they’re getting there. Christopher Price gives us the 10 Things We Learned Yesterday.
Julian Benbow has Tom Brady and the offense using constantly changing alignments on offense to try and keep Baltimore off balance. Karen Guregian has the Patriots showing a lot of improvement on the offensive side of the ball yesterday. Rich Garven has the offense eating up minutes and yards for the Patriots yesterday. Eric McHugh has the Patriots finally breaking through in the red zone yesterday.
I’m really not sure what point Tony Massarotti is rambling to make, I think he’s saying that Brady and this Patriots Patriots team is more like the ones earlier this decade rather than being similar to the 2007 version. Lauren Carter says that hope is building in Patriots nation after this one. Glen Farley has the Patriots completing a nice turnaround since the Jets game. Kirk Minihane says that Patriots fans can hold their heads high.
Dan Duggan has Sammy Morris making some huge plays for the offense. Guregian has Wes Welker feeling well enough to contribute to the win. Robert Lee has Welker catching on quickly in his return. Farinella says that Welker is steady as it goes in his return. Hector Longo has Leigh Bodden enjoying the winning he’s done thus far in New England.
Duggan has Mike Wright continuing to do a good job as one of the replacements for Richard Seymour on the defensive line. Yes, Donaldson was the one who appeared to be a little belligerent in the Belichick press conference when pressing the coach on the punting issues, and Belichick explain that the ‘coffin corner’ kick just isn’t done any more. King says that the Patriots were able to stand up to the Ravens.
Dan Ventura has the Ravens crying foul following the game. Brendan Hall has the Ravens with some major issues with the way that the game was called by the officials yesterday. Peter Gobis has the Ravens unable to make the plays they needed yesterday. Farinella has the Ravens fuming over the “Brady Rule” calls yesterday. Garven has the Ravens blasting the officiating after the game. David Pevear has the angry Ravens leaving Gillette chirping yesterday.
Ventura tabs the fourth down drop by Mark Clayton as the Play of the game yesterday. Lee provides some Analysis of the game. Longo’s Two-minute drill is just weird. The Metro has the Patriots passing the test yesterday. McHugh gives us some Chalk Talk after the game.
The Globe notebook has Sammy Morris coming up with some big plays on the afternoon. Rapoport’s notebook says that the return of Vince Wilfork was a huge lift for the Patriots. Young’s Patriots journal wonders if Joey Galloway’s time with the Patriots could be coming to an end after he was a healthy scratch yesterday. Gobis’ notebook has more on the roughing calls for the Ravens. Toland’s notebook looks at the penalty that erased the successful fake field goal by the Patriots. Weisberg’s notebook has a look at Welker’s return. Vogt’s notebook has more on Welker’s return. Farley’s notebook has Ray Lewis and the Ravens incensed at the officials.