1. Gil and Gino – Santos and Cappelletti were together again, one final time, in the team’s 98.5 the Sports Hub broadcast booth. Talk about two class acts. They were honored for their service to the team over the decades.
2. Justin Francis – Yes, he was the recipient a couple times of Vince Wilfork or Kyle Love driving Ryan Tannehill into his waiting arms. But three sacks is three sacks. As he said, “Coach Belichick assigns objectives, and this week, we attained them.”
3. Wes Welker – He is the biggest story of the 2013 offseason. Eight more catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. That’s 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six TDs this season. In my eyes, at age 31, that is more than enough for say 3 years at $11 million a year with $24 million guaranteed. Get it done, and don’t mess with your MVNB … Most Valuable Non-Brady.
4. Danny Woodhead – Five catches for 79 yards, three rushes for 18 more. Perfect day.
5. Chandler Jones – The Manhandler returned, disrupting things all over the edge, picking up his game even more when Rob Ninkovich was lost to injury. Finished with seven tackles, including one for a loss, and swatted away a pair of passes. Energy, life. Great stuff from the rook.
1. Brandon Spikes – Maybe he’s pressing a little bit, because he’s missing a ton of snaps with the Pats frequently playing nickel defense. But the kid had zero stats. That can’t ever happen from the club’s premier run-stuffer.
2. Devin McCourty – Totally petrifies me if he’s forced to play corner. With no real receivers, the Dolphins went right at him successfully. With help over the top, he couldn’t handle Brian Hartline.
3. Patrick Chung – Late to the ball, he dropped a gimme pick. Not exactly running free and making plays out there. A clear, clear problem when he’s forced to make decisions.