|10.06.14 at 7:27 am ET|
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|10.06.14 at 4:48 am ET|
FOXBORO — On Thursday, Darrelle Revis referenced the fact that he had asked for individual defensive assignments in year’s past, and added he would feel comfortable going to coach Bill Belichick to make a similar request while a member of the Patriots.
But after Sunday’s win over Cincinnati, the cornerback said there was no such conversation this week as the Patriots prepared to play the Bengals. Instead, it was just a matter of game-planning that saw him spend most of the game matched up in man coverage against Cincy’s top receiver, A.J. Green.
“I’m used to it — to compete and take out the number one guy,” said Revis, who finished with four tackles and a forced fumble, “but whatever the game plan is it is. It’s a different game plan week-by-week, and you got to play what the coaches call.”
After a four-game stretch where the Patriots have utilized Revis in zone, as well as some man and off-the-line coverage, it appeared he was mostly in man coverage Sunday against Green. Revis went down briefly in the third quarter with what the team called a hamstring issue. (For what it’s worth, he didn’t appear hobbled after the game.) It wasn’t coincidental that the Bengals went right after his replacement, second-year man Logan Ryan. Revis later returned without incident and helped the Patriots clamp down on the Cincinnati offense in the 43-17 win.
“It was awesome, man. It was very awesome,” Revis said of the victory. “It showed a lot of heart that this team has, and we knew we needed this win. It was against a great football team. They were undefeated, and we just wanted to get this one at home and secure this win.”
In all, Green finished with five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. When he was working against Revis, it was four receptions for 64 with no TDs. The Bengals took one shot at the end zone when Revis was in Green — that came in the first quarter, and while Revis appeared to come away with a pick, but the play was called back because of offsetting penalties. (Revis was flagged for illegal contact.) Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton found Green for a 19-yard reception in the second quarter, but Revis was able to knock the ball out, and teammate Jamie Collins recovered to set up a Patriots field goal.
“Our thing was just be aggressive with him as much as we can the whole game, and try to frustrate him as much as we could,” Revis said of Green. “We’re going to play aggressive. That’s going to be our style.”
Dalton wasn’t shocked to see Revis shadowing Green.
“There had been times when Revis stayed on one side and there have been times when he’s flipped,” said Dalton. “But just because he was on A.J. didn’t mean we weren’t going to try to throw to A.J., because A.J is really good. I didn’t feel like A.J. matched up with anybody, and so we got a lot of looks there that we thought we were going to get. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
“[Revis] made some plays but I also got open. He played a heck of a game,” Green said. “They were not giving up big plays.”
Revis, who was going against Green for the first time at the NFL level, had nothing but good things to say about him after the contest.
“I talked to him after the game as well and I just told him I’d probably see him down the road in the future,” Revis said of Green. “It was great, a great matchup. He’s a great competitor and a great receiver. One of the top guys, so I did talk to him after the game and said, ‘Hey man, just keep up the great work that you’re doing and it was good playing against you.'”
|10.06.14 at 3:12 am ET|
FOXBORO — As a visitor to Gillette Stadium and his team trailing by 20 points in the second half, Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still took a moment to acknowledge the sellout crowd at Gillette Stadium cheering for him as his face was shown on the video board.
Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is being treated for cancer.
During a break in the action in third quarter, the Patriots showed a video telling Leah’s story and then panned to the Bengals sideline showing Still. With the crowd standing and showing its support, Still acknowledged the crowd with a nod.
To show their support the Bengals have made special Devon Still jerseys to be sold with a portion of the proceeds going to help raise money for pediatric cancer care and research.
The Patriots support went beyond the video as Patriots cheerleaders wore the No. 75 jerseys under their jackets on the sideline to show their support for Still.
“I was surprised,” Still said after the game. “I didn’t know they had the jerseys on and then they played the video. It definitely made it emotional to see the cheerleaders take off their jackets and to see the jerseys definitely took it over the top for me. We came here to play a football game with an opposing team and I didn’t expect them to show the support that they did today. It was amazing what they did today. It shows this fight is more than about football. Everybody is trying to chip in and step up for the cause.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft also joined the cause donating $25,000 to the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center.
“I didn’t know he gave a donation,” he said. “That’s great. It’s great how everybody has been stepping up, not just from here [Cincinnati], but across the country. It has just been amazing and it is great for the cancer community.”
|10.06.14 at 2:40 am ET|
FOXBORO — Six days ago in Kansas City the Patriots got manhandled in a 41-14 defeat before a national television audience on Monday Night Football.
Following the loss, it was a long week in New England with criticism going all around, no one left behind — even quarterback Tom Brady got his fair share. But in typical Patriots fashion, they responded in the only way they know how — a blowout, 43-17 win of their own over the previously undefeated Bengals on Sunday Night Football.
“Best way to answer anything is to win,” 11-year veteran Vince Wilfork said. “If we were sitting here undefeated, everybody would be blowing smoke up us, how great we are. That’s why we don’t pay attention to anything outside of here. Our job is what we have in here, being able to put it on the practice field and put together a good game plan and try to execute. Tonight we did well. We executed well. That’s something that we’ve been lacking this season.
“We’ve been inconsistent, so we have to start being more consistent playing football, and I think today was a good day to get it going against a good football team, being on Sunday Night Football, Sunday Night Football again on national TV [with] everybody watching. You’ve just seen two different teams from Monday night to tonight ‘ two different teams. It just goes to show you we’re capable of doing it. We just have to continue to do it every day and every week just being more consistent and we’ll be alright.”
|10.06.14 at 2:30 am ET|
FOXBORO — This time when Tom Brady came out of the game for Jimmy Garoppolo, he was feeling nothing but pure satisfaction as the back-up took a knee to end New England’s 43-17 thrashing of the not-ready-for-primetime Bengals Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.
How things can change in just six days.
Brady was 23-of-35 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and a season-best QB rating of 110.7. From the moment he came onto the field to his “PSA” anthem from Jay-Z, Brady was yelling and fired up. And it translated into the most dominating performance at a time when the Patriots needed it the most.
The Patriots were fired up during and after the game, celebrating a sense of relief in the locker room after the most significant regular season win in recent memory.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our team,” Brady said. “We try not to get caught up in that stuff and I think you just focus on the things you can control. To ride the ups and downs of, ‘You’re great. You suck. You’re great. You suck,’ it’s exhausting. It’s exhausting enough when you’re winning to have to deal with those things and when you lose, it sucks for everybody. We don’t play this game to go out there and not play well. Guys take it to heart. I think guys worked really hard this week to get prepared for tonight. Like I said, it was a great opportunity for us to come out and show what we’re made of.
“You know, we get paid to play football. We get paid to play it well, actually. So, we should go out there and play really well. We work really hard all year round for these moments and what we experience in the locker room after that win, you can’t put a price tag on that.”
|10.06.14 at 2:12 am ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots’ 43-17 dismantling of the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady passed the 50,000-yard passing milestone, and the Patriots put together their best all-around effort of the season.
|10.06.14 at 2:10 am ET|
FOXBORO — If there was a quick fix to correct the Patriots’ problems on offense so far this season, it could be one thing — getting off to a fast start.
Through the first four games of the season the Patriots offense went three-and-out on its first drive in every game. Tom Brady was just 3-for-8 passing for 12 yards on opening drives and as a team the Pats had three rushes for only four yards. In addition, New England’s opponent scored first in every game.
Sunday night was a different story as the Patriots came out with plenty of emotion, receiving the opening kickoff and going 80 yards in 10 plays, capped off by a Stevan Ridley 1-yard touchdown run giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead over the visiting Bengals before the fans could even settle into their seats. Brady was 2-for-2 for 50 yards on the drive.
“We got off to a great start,” Brady said. “I think we talked about that all week. It was a long week for everybody, so we wanted to start fast and we got ahead. We played from ahead for once. We ran the ball great, got some turnovers on defense. It was a great win.”
It was the first time the Patriots scored an opening drive touchdown on the first overall drive of the game since Week 2 of last season against the Jets.
Scoring first generally leads to success for the Patriots as the team now is 27-4 since 2010 when scoring first and a remarkable 111-25 since 2000. The Patriots also now have won 69 straight home games when leading at halftime.
The Patriots didn’t stop after the first drive as after getting good field position following a Mike Nugent 52-yard missed field goal attempt, the offense went 58 yards in six plays, with this time tight end Tim Wright scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Patriots on a 17-yard hook up from Brady to give the home team a quick 14-0 lead, just over 13 minutes into the game.
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