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November 14, 2011

Hector Longo's Two-minute drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Rob Gronkowski — A team-best 8 catches for 113 yards and a pair of TDs. The Jets could not find him, and when they did, he swatted them away like a greenhead at Salibury in late July.

2. Andre Carter/Mark Anderson — Yes, Tully Banta-Carter racked up all the numbers, 4.5 sacks, much of which was done in garbage time, but both ends were dynamite on this night. They caused Mark Sanchez to panic without the need of a blitz, while holding the edge nicely. Huge night for these two.

3. Rob Ninkovich — The ball found him on one interception and he pounced on a shell-shocked Mark Sanchez, making the second one look easy as he Bruschi-ed into the end zone for six.

4. The unknown Patriot — This goes out to Sterling Moore, (Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos' favorite) Niko Koutouvides, Phillip Adams, Jeff Tarpinian ... etc. All you guys, who stepped in and stepped up, take a bow.

NO SHOWS

1. Chad Ochocinco — Rule 1, know where the sideline is and don't stepout on your own.

2. Danny Woodhead — His biggest blunder was being overwhelmed on a blitz pickup, which cost the Pats the safety.

Note: With the injury to Devin McCourty, New England defensive backs have officially become ineligible for the "No Shows." None of these guys belong in the league. I can't be critical if they're placed in position for which they are not qualified.

GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (B) — One penalty up front, and zero sacks. They had problems in the running game, but who really cares when Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have it going on.

Backs (C-) — It took a scheme mismatch for the Pats to do anything on the ground as Danny Woodhead chipped out 5.4 yards a carry. Everyone else carried 21 times for 22 yards.

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