1. Julian Edelman — The keys on this keyboard are actually asking me for a “re-type” as this next question is inputted? Can you imagine where this football team might be without Julian Edelman? Another nine catches for 101 yards. Coming up with the huge catches when you need him. On an offense with three of the best at their positions (Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins), Edleman has been irreplaceable.
2. Rob Gronkowski — When I see Gronk play, I think to myself, “Wow, that Jimmy Graham is a nice, little player in New Orleans.” There is only one, and it’s Gronk. Six catches for 127 yards and a TD, all the while drawing coverage from everywhere but the owner’s box.
3. Stephen Gostkowski — Cool and calm under duress. Tough to ask for anything more than a pair of swished, fourth-quarter, 53-yarders.
1. Dont’a Hightower — Watching this guy I long for the days of Jeff Tarpinian (Who? ex-Pat who had two tackles and a half-sack for the Texans yesterday). It’s good that he’s lazy, because if he wasn’t we’d wonder how slow he really is a lot more. Played with a lot of disinterest yesterday at least when he got a little winded. Finished with 1 solo tackle over the final 41 minutes. One!
2. Devin McCourty — His penchant for Brandon Meriweather angles was exposed on Brandon Tate’s TD run. Just a little too soft in coverage for my liking. That may have had something to do with the Pats’ zone scheme and their desire to sit back and let Case Keenum try to beat them. Look, he’s a leader on this defense. I set the bar high, here. I demand a little more from a guy who I thought might have been on a Pro Bowl road.