Sunday, September 14, 2014

Patriots dominate on 'D', Brady wants more from 'O'


The New England Patriots knew Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel pretty well from their time together in the mid-2000s.

Apparently, they knew him better than we thought.

The Patriots picked off Cassel, now the Vikings' signal-caller, four times Sunday in a 30-7 Week 2 victory. New England, now 1-1, also sacked Cassel six times and held the Vikings to just four third down conversions all game.

Defensive end Chandler Jones also helped the cause on special teams, returning a blocked kick for a touchdown.

"Defensively when you can get turnovers, Chan (Chandler Jones) blocking a kick and returning it for a touchdown, that’s how you want to come out and play," Patriots safety Devin McCourty said, via "It’s all about points, giving up seven points gives you a chance to win games especially when our offense has a focus on them."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, however, wasn't particularly happy with how his unit performed.

New England converted on just five of 14 third-down attempts, while Brady connected on 15 of 22 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown to Julian Edelman.

"I am happy we won, I just wish we went out there and played like we’re capable," Brady said. "It’s just the way it is. I am glad we won, it was a great team win, a lot of guys contributed, a lot of great plays were made. Hopefully offensively we can do a better job next week."

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