JAX-NE Grades: Pats blow Jags out, Brady strong again

Top-graded players and highlights from Sunday's Jaguars-Patriots matchup.

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

JAX-NE Grades: Pats blow Jags out, Brady strong again


Here are the top takeaways from Sunday’s Jacksonville-New England game, including the highest-graded players for each team

Jacksonville Jaguars

– Though it was an uneven performance for QB Blake Bortles (-0.7), he has improved his overall grade each week to start the new season. In the first half, he threw inaccurately into coverage but was fortunate not to be picked-off. Unfortunately, a bit later, Bortles was intercepted as well as he overshot the seam route and the Patriots took advantage at mid-field; they would eventually tack on another score to go up 20-3 just before half-time. On the bright side, he did mix in a few nice throws, including a well-placed “go” route that was dropped in the end zone by rookie RB Corey Grant.

– The middle of the Jaguars’ defense got gashed as linebackers Paul Posluszny (-4.1 coverage), Telvin Smith (-1.6 coverage), and slot cornerback Aaron Colvin (-2.3 coverage) surrendered catches on all 24 of their respective targets for 288 yards and a touchdown. On passes between the numbers and beyond the line of scrimmage, Patriots QB Tom Brady went 16-of-18 for 218 yards.

– On the backside, CB Davon House was strong in coverage (+2.2) but weak against the run (-2.8). He fared well against TE Rob Gronkowski with a pass defense on an end zone fade, and even had what would have been a nice interception that was called back due to a penalty. Overall, House allowed only two catches on four targets and just 23 yards receiving.

Top Performers

RT Jermy Parnell (+2.2)

FS James Sample (+1.2)

SS Sergio Brown (+1.0)

DT Abry Jones (+1.0)

WR Allen Hurns (+0.8)

 

New England Patriots

– QB Tom Brady continued his hot start to the season as he attacked the Jaguars’ underneath coverage all afternoon. In addition to the stats above, Brady finished with an accuracy percentage of 89.7 percent, as his nine incompletions included two drops, two throwaways, and a batted pass. On passes thrown beyond 10 yards, Brady finished five-of-six for 126 yards.

– While the quick passing game helps the offensive line, they deserve their share of credit for allowing Brady to be pressured on only nine of his 44 dropbacks. They also showed well in the run game where five of the seven regulars posted positive run block grades including RT Sebastian Vollmer (+2.3). Despite a seven-man rotation that is moving players all over the line of scrimmage (including three rookies), line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has done a masterful job by forming the league’s top ranked run-blocking unit to date (+9.6).

– LB Jamie Collins was all over the field for New England, picking up a strip-sack and a hurry on his nine pass rushes while grading positively both against the run (+1.3) and in coverage (+0.4). Collins is the team’s highest-graded pass-rusher after Week 3 (+3.7).

Top Performers

OLB Jamie Collins (+4.6)

QB Tom Brady (+4.2)

TE Rob Gronkowski (+4.0)

OT Sebastian Vollmer (+3.2)

OT Marcus Cannon (+2.7)

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  • crosseyedlemon

    Brady is another guy with a chip on his shoulder and every defensive back would probably want to strangle Roger Goodell for lighting a fire under Tom.

  • Mr. Generic

    Did you guys catch Dion Lewis doing something bad to force his replacement by Blount and White, or was it a matter of the Pats wanting to hammer the Jags’ Defense with big bodies?

    • jdr0317

      Lewis was pulled for game flow reasons. I wouldn’t fret too much, Belicheck always wanted an RB rotation and Lewis has looked like the best RB on the team.

    • Chris from the Cape

      I’ve been psyched over how great Lewis has been: Its ironic they took him out, considering its the FIRST Pats game he didn’t fumble.

    • Chris from the Cape

      I’ve been psyched over how great Lewis has been: Its ironic they took him out, considering its the FIRST Pats game he didn’t fumble.

  • Jaguars28

    Well it sucks, but half the team was out with injuries, so it wasn’t so much an ”lol jags suck” game as it was the best team in the NFL destroying a defense with 5th stringers playing (wasn’t Nick freakin’ Marshall playing?)
    I will say, if we don’t win at least four games by week 10, Gus should be out of a job.

    • Bubba Jag

      “the middle of the Jaguars’ defense got gashed as linebackers Paul Posluszny (-4.1 coverage), Telvin Smith (-1.6 coverage), and slot cornerback Aaron Colvin (-2.3 coverage) surrendered catches on all 24 of their respective targets for 288 yards and a touchdown.” Those guys were starters last time I checked. And also our offense was anemic, with only 1 offensive player in the top 5. So, not really “half the team out with injuries” scenario. We have injuries, true, but so do a lot of teams, and our starters are the ones that are sucking.

      • Jaguars28

        Well, we know Poz sucks, but you listed just two guys. Yes, 51-17 is inexcusable, but we’re missing so much, like not having Sen’Derrick hurts the entire defense because of the lack of pass rush inside, one of our strong suits last year.

      • Jaguars28

        Well, we know Poz sucks, but you listed just two guys. Yes, 51-17 is inexcusable, but we’re missing so much, like not having Sen’Derrick hurts the entire defense because of the lack of pass rush inside, one of our strong suits last year.

    • Chris from the Cape

      I think every Pats fan, myself included, was impressed by Robinson.

      • Jaguars28

        Yes, he has lots of potential. Congrats on those Pats, they’re clearly the team to beat this year.

    • Chris from the Cape

      I think every Pats fan, myself included, was impressed by Robinson.

  • Antknee

    Offseason Spygate = annihilation of the next regular season…..Offseason Deflategate = Smash everyone in the face for 60 minutes and beat their opponents into the ground. Jesus this team is motivated….

    • WarBoychun24

      Everybody in the NFL is motivated, just matters if you have the horses. Plus…they ALWAYS have a weak a$$ AFC Least schedule since 2000 till now as the Jets and Dolphins who I thought were gonna rise up like the Bills look meh-diocre. This and look at their gift schedule for the Pats this year, how everything lined up for them – Steelers with no Bell and Bryant, Romo down and out, the stream of weak QB’s and the mostly weak defenses, all weak sauce. If the Pats were in the AFC North or the NFC West the past 8 years – not as many playoff appearances easy.

      • Chris from the Cape

        The Patriots since 2000 have a higher winning percentage OUTSIDE the division. They talk about it on WEEI all.the.time.

        https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/2t2n2z/a_few_stats_on_the_patriots_and_the_afc_east/

        • PrimusPilus

          Don’t most teams have a higher winning % outside of their divisions, over time? Aren’t division games typically tougher, since teams can prepare for the rematch?

          New England’s dominance of the AFC East has coincided with the worst decade-plus in the histories of both the Dolphins and Bills.

          • WarBoychun24

            Exactly.

          • Chris from the Cape

            (Forgive the late reply)
            A:For every team to increase its winning % is a mathematical impossibility.
            B: The Colts have racked up win after win against AFC South garbage and are only a .500 team outside of the division, who would fit the logic of your attempted argument.
            The Patriots click in around .750 REGARDLESS of who they play, which is assuredly superior to the team you follow.

        • WarBoychun24

          Well duhhhhh, WEEI and homers like the horrible Scott Zolak are gonna spin positive for the in state team 24/7.

          Derp fail…Primus’ comment below me is correct.

      • Chris from the Cape

        The Patriots since 2000 have a higher winning percentage OUTSIDE the division. They talk about it on WEEI all.the.time.

        https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/2t2n2z/a_few_stats_on_the_patriots_and_the_afc_east/

      • Jess

        NFC West sucked until about 4 seasons ago. Overall, Pats have wiped the floor with the Ravens and Steelers with TB12 as starter.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Everybody in the NFL is motivated….but not necessarily to achieving success. As a Bears fan I’m pretty certain Jay Cutler’s motivation is to be the biggest bozo in the league.

      • Wes Jarrell

        Do you even watch football? The AFC East is strong this year, and the schedule makers didn’t know about the injuries/suspensions. I get that haters are gonna hate, but your self delusion is epic.

        • WarBoychun24

          Oh god…another annoying bandwagon Cheatriots fan born in 2001 on the night of the Tuck Rule BS with more idiotic, myopic and trite use of the insufferable “hater gonna hate” vernacular they have been spouting since all their **** championships. You guys are everywhere I swear, PFFocus, PFTalk etc…

          Yes I watch football, did you read what I said? Save for THE BILLS the AFC Least is straight garbage like it always is comparison to the AFC North and NFC West.

          • FatJeff

            Agreed

          • Eddie

            If I could play the “what an idiot” clip from Old School I would.

          • Wes Jarrell

            I stand corrected. You clearly seem more objective now.

      • Tim

        Brady has won 4 Super Bowls against quality playoff opponents. You must be a Raider fan. Loser

    • WarBoychun24

      Everybody in the NFL is motivated, just matters if you have the horses. Plus…they ALWAYS have a weak a$$ AFC Least schedule since 2000 till now as the Jets and Dolphins who I thought were gonna rise up like the Bills look meh-diocre. This and look at their gift schedule for the Pats this year, how everything lined up for them – Steelers with no Bell and Bryant, Romo down and out, the stream of weak QB’s and the mostly weak defenses, all weak sauce. If the Pats were in the AFC North or the NFC West the past 8 years – not as many playoff appearances easy.