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November 24, 2008

Hector Longo's Two Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Randy Moss — Gosh, he's good. He looks like he's never run a full-speed sprint in his life, yet he makes the big plays, over and over again.

2. Matt Cassel — Although his 114.0 passer rating was excellent, it doesn't come close to telling how good a day Cassel had. The interception actually was one of his best throws (it looked like Moss could have caught it) in a 30-of-43, 415-yard day full of them.

3. Vince Wilfork — He, and to a lesser extent Richard Seymour and Ty Warren, absolutely locked down the Miami running game. Wilfork finished with four solo tackles.

NO SHOWS

Ellis Hobbs — He's back where he belongs, baby. Hobbs got abused all afternoon by the mighty (Ted) Ginn. Ginn caught five balls for 88 yards and could have had a Hall of Fame afternoon had the second-year man not dropped a couple of easy ones.

Ben Watson — Never has one man done so little for so few on a team that is accomplishing so much without him. One catch against a Miami defense that gave new meaning to the word porous.

Tedy Bruschi — The only play you make all day can't be when the runner is out of bounds, costing your team 15 yards.

Grading the Groups

Offense

Line (C+): The numbers might look OK, but Matt Cassel got banged around a bit more than usual. There were a couple drive-stumping, first-half holding calls. If the early sacks were all Cassel holding the ball too long, many of the big gains through the air were in spite of the O-line getting beat.

Backs (B+): If you don't love Kevin Faulk, you don't know football.

Receivers (A+): Wes Welker, Moss and Jabar Gaffney collectively dominated. The unit played its best game of the year.

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