Can Wes Welker get past Darrelle Revis and the Jets again?
|11.11.11 at 6:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It was the defining moment of the biggest win of the season to date.
Wes Welker somehow found a way to get past Darrelle Revis on the first play of the second half. Seventy-three yards and a Revis touchdown-saving tackle from behind later, the Patriots had the breakout play that helped cement a 30-21 win. The Patriots stood 4-1 after that win and would improve to 5-1 the next week in a win over the Cowboys.
Welker finished with five catches for 124 yards.
But that bomb to Welker was the was the last major downfield airstrike by the Patriots offense. Since then, the Patriots have had four passing plays of over 20 yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-go on a pass to the left flat against the Cowboys.
Was the big play against Revis creative play-calling or simple execution?
“I think it’s a little bit of both,” Welker said. “I think you have to do a lot of good things out there in order to get open against him. We had a run-fake on and different things like that. I was able to get behind him and make a play. You just have to be on top of everything to be sure you putting yourself in a spot to get open.”
Can he beat Revis again for the big play this weekend in the swamps of Jersey?
“He’s a great player,” Welker said. “He’s fast. He’s patient. He’s strong. He does a lot of good things. He’s a smart football player so you have to come up with creative ways to attack him to keep him on his toes and really make him work out there and do the things necessary to get open.
“I mean, there’s a lot of good ones out there, you can’t pinpoint one, there’s a lot of good DBs, everybody gets paid and so, there’s a lot of good ones.”
Welker and Deion Branch have heard for the last three weeks that teams are turning up the physical contact on the Patriots wideouts, going as far as using the “F” word.
“It’s a physical game, so it’s the way it’s supposed to be played,” Welker said in dismissing any talk of finesse play by the Patriots. “You just gotta be ready for it and make sure that you’re being physical out there and playing the way you need to.
“I mean, a lot of the routes are won at the line of scrimmage, so, you’re always trying t find little things about a guy that he does and really kinda be on top of that and make sure that you’re trying to attack whatever he’s trying to do to you.”
In the playoffs, Revis got downright physical with Welker, and that continued in the first meeting four weeks ago.
“I think we’ve had a lot of physical matchups over the years, where different things happen,” Welker said. “I kinda know the way it’s going to be played and what to expect and hopefully the referees do, too.
“I mean, they’ve been solid across the board and putting themselves in position to win and that’s what they’ve been able to do. They’ve been able to finish out games and obviously, they have a great defense and so, we just have to have to be ready for everything that they bring and everything they’ve done.”