Report card: New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Here are the grades for the new england patriots after their 34-9 blowout win over the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback: The Patriots’ game plan was to throw the ball and throw it a lot. Tom Brady didn’t see James Ihedigbo on his lone interception and he missed a few passes, but going 38-for-53 against the NFL’s fifth-best pass defense is not an easy task. Brady diced apart the Lions for 349 yards by hitting the defensive gaps and finding five receivers for five or more receptions each. …read more

LeGarrette Blount makes immediate impact in return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — One week ago as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, running back LeGarrette Blount walked off the field early after receiving zero carries. Now back in a New England Patriots’ jersey, Blount carried the football like he never left the Pats.

Blount was asked after the game if he was surprised he made this quick of a turnaround. He shrugged off the question with a confident “no.”

“It’s a blast,” Blount said of being back with the Patriots. …read more

Ups and downs for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — At an initial glance, and without the benefit of film review, a look at which new england patriots players were “up” in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and which players were on the opposite end of the spectrum:

Ryan Allen — Punter delivered a 66-yard gem in the first quarter after scooping up a low-rolling snap. It was one of the underrated plays of the game because it shifted field position at a time in which the Patriots trailed. …read more

Sharing Patriots halftime thoughts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Sharing some New England Patriots halftime thoughts as they lead the Detroit Lions, 24-6:

Allen’s work can’t be overlooked. Ryan Allen’s 66-yard punt in the first quarter, in which he scooped up a low-rolling snap before blasting a high-arching punt, can’t be overlooked in any analysis. That was one of the plays of the first half, coming as the Lions led 3-0 and were set up to have good field position with New England punting from its own 14. …read more

Offensive starters for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Offensive starters for the New England Patriots in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions:

LT: Nate Solder
LG: Dan Connolly
C: Bryan Stork
RG: Ryan Wendell
RT: Sebastian Vollmer
TE: Rob Gronkowski
TE: Tim Wright
QB: Tom Brady
RB: Shane Vereen
WR: Brandon LaFell
WR: Julian Edelman

The presence of Wright at tight end is notable as this projects as a passing game for the Patriots and Wright — who is averaging around 15 offensive snaps per game — could be in line for an expanded role Sunday. …read more

Quick-hit thoughts around NFL, Patriots

Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the Patriots:

1. One topic that comes up most often when meeting with Patriots followers, such as last week’s tweet-up in Indianapolis, is the future of cornerback Darrelle Revis. Does he like it in New England? Would he be interested in re-signing in 2015? I’ve been impressed with Revis on multiple levels — his play, lack of diva-ness, overall buy-in and how he’s compartmentalized the here-and-now (winning games) from the future business side (maximizing dollars). …read more

Casey Walker joins practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As was the hope when they released him off their 53-man roster Thursday, the New England have signed defensive tackle Casey Walker to their practice squad Saturday. To make room for Walker, the Patriots released linebacker Ja##Q##Gared Davis off the practice squad.

The 6-foot-1, 325-pound Walker was waived Thursday when the Patriots signed running back LeGarrette Blount. He had played in five games for the Patriots this season (1 start) and totaled 10 tackles and one sack. …read more