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November 7, 2011

Hector Longo's Two-minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Wes Welker - Pay the man! Caught nine passes for 136 yards despite attracting Jennifer Lopez-level attention from the Giants' secondary. They were all over him. And Welker got better with every stick. He's a monster.

2. Rob Gronkowski - Love the grit he showed. As things got cooking in the fourth, Gronkowski became the go-to guy. Caught 8 for 101, but 4 for 66, including his TD, came in the fourth.

3. Brandon Spikes - Look, I think the guy is one-dimensional. He can come forward and stuff the inside run. But coincident or not, things were going just fine with this defense until he and his four solo tackles left the game with what the Pats reported as a "knee" injury in the second half. When Gary Guyton and Tracy White were forced into action all hell broke loose.

NO SHOWS

1. Kyle Arrington - Eli Manning attacked him any time he was caught in single coverage. When they went zone, he struggled, too, with Victor Cruz abusing him.

2. Jerod Mayo - I can hear the apologists already talking about how this defensive captain is a gamer, just to be on the field with his knee injury. The kid played 60 minutes at linebacker and had zero solo tackles.

3. Chad Jackson, er Johnson, er Ochocinco - Whatever. He's laughably bad. Five targets and no catches. The fact that he is on the field is an indictment of the talent level on this roster.

4. Albert Haynesworth - A game-changer he isn't. Seriously, I am going to say this. Any snap he takes away from any other Patriot is an egregious error by the coaching staff.

5. Pat Chung - Unless the bones in your foot/ankle are protruding not just through the skin but through the tape job, the socks and your cleats, there is no way you can come off the field on the Giants' final drive. You're supposed to be a leader, and you beg out to put Sergio Brown in? Because you have an "ow-ey?" Didn't anyone ever explain the difference between pain and injury to you? A gamer, you ain't.

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