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December 24, 2012

Patriots 23, Jaguars 16: Hector Longo's Two-minute Drill

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GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (C+) … Too many one-on-one losses are costing Tom Brady his health. The mental breakdowns are popping up more frequently as well. Stevan Ridley earned the bulk of his 4.7 yards a carry.

Running Backs (B) … Again, the good Ridley returned. Danny Woodhead played his role to perfection, scoring a TD, although asking him to take on a blitzing Daryl Smith was asking a bit too much and cost Brady a shot to the chops. Nothing from Shane Vereen or Brandon Bolden.

Tight ends (B+) … Could you ask for more out of Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui than 3 catches for 54 yards?

Wide Receivers (C) … Brandon Lloyd caught six passes for 62 yards, but never got on the same page was Tom Brady. Wes Welker worked hard, again seeing his share of doubles in a 10-catch day. Aaron Hernandez was a non-factor, probably a physical matter, and that’s a situation to keep an eye on. He caught one ball of the five thrown his way.

Quarterback (C-) … The 73.9 passer rating tells you all about Tom Brady’s day. He looked uncomfortable all day, like he wanted to be back home on his couch, and he played like it.

DEFENSE

Line (B-) … Quiet day out of Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love and Co. Chandler Jones saved his best for last. Jacksonville only averaged 4.0 yards per run, but it seemed like a lot more, especially in the 202-yard first quarter.

Linebackers (C-) … Dont’a Hightower had his moments, especially looking competent in coverage. Jerod Mayo was quiet, and Rob Ninkovich was not heard from.

Defensive backs (D) … They melted. They stopped covering. And they needed Aqib Talib and his pained hip to hobble in and out of the fray. Where’s the ability to overcome adversity with these guys? It’s simply non-existent.

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