1. Vince Wilfork – When the nose guard sniffs out a swing pass, not a screen, and runs down the line to bury Daryl Richardson for a loss, it’s a special play from a special player. I know he gets no pass rush, and his run-stuffing talents are growing less and less pivotal in the game today, but that kind of play makes him very special.
2. Stevan Ridley – Looked like he was playing on old-fashioned AstroTurf and everyone else was bogged down in mud. Fastest guy on the field, he had 127 yards on 15 carries, an average of 8.5 per attempt.
3. Rob Gronkowski – The Rams put some tiny little corner on him, often two, and he shrugged them off like a dad with twin 6-year-olds. Honestly, at times, it looked like 1970s Saturday morning pro wrestling when the WWWF would throw Steve King and Frankie Williams in there against Andre the Giant. Andre, I mean Gronk, finished with 8 catches for 146 yards, 2 TDs and a pin on which he stacked both opponents on top of each other and sat on them.
1. Tavon Wilson – In case you missed Pat Chung or Brandon Meriweather, Wilson did his best impression getting toasted on the early bomb and being looked off repeatedly.
2. Sterling Moore – Not the answer for Kyle Arrington at corner. Five solo tackles is too many for a corner going against those receivers.
3. Shane Vereen – What does it mean if you’re gaining 3.1 yards a carry when your teammate, with the same offensive line going against the same defense, picks up 8.5 a carry. It means he’s better. Hope you’re good on special teams.
GRADING THE GROUPS
Line (A) … Playing against the vaunted, new-look, physical Rams front, the Pats imposed their will. How many times did Jim Nantz refer to “Chunks