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The Patriots bounced back nicely following their Week 3 loss to the Bills by toppling old pal Richard Seymour and the Oakland Raiders on the West Coast. Tom Brady and Wes Welker were unstoppable while Stevan Ridley busted out with a big game. The defense, however, managed to cough up some serious yardage and will have to clean things up for Week 5. Here is this week's Patriots report card. OFFENSE Jeff Howe: B+ This was by far the most balanced the Patriots' offense has been this season, but Tom Brady's downfield throws weren't working. That's about the only negative....

Stevan Ridley Becoming an Asset to Patriots' Offense, Working to Be 'As Close to Perfect' As Possible

Rookie running back Stevan Ridley has emerged as the Patriots' top backfield threat over the last two weeks, and his combination of burst and power has given the offense a unique weapon. Ridley had a strong showing in the preseason but didn't get much of an opportunity in the first two weeks of the regular season. It's all changed over the last two weeks, when he has...

Rookie RB Ridley helps Pats balance their offense

After three weeks of Tom Brady's record-setting passing, the Patriots finally put some balance into their offense. And much of it came from a surprising source, rookie running back Stevan Ridley. The third-round draft pick from LSU burst through holes then outraced defenders, gaining a team-high 97 yards on just 10 rushes in New England's 31-19 win at the Oakland Raiders...

Brady plays mistake-free in 31-19 win over Raiders

Tom Brady's least prolific day of the season proved to be enough to get the New England Patriots back to their winning days.

Tom Brady plays mistake-free in 31-19 win over Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. - Tom Brady bounced back from a four-interception performance by throwing for 226 yards, two touchdowns...

Bondy: Eli still ain't Brady, but he's OK

Eli Manning isn't perfect, still not quite Tom Brady. There are wayward passes and there was a devastating fumble against the Cards. But he's distributing the ball nicely to his receivers despite the lack of a real running game. He managed two comeback drives and delivered on that 29-yard fade to Hakeem Nicks for the winner.

Rush to Judgment: Patriots to be More Balanced on Offense

It’s easy to form a quick opinion about a player, a team, or a position after watching a game without letting the season play out, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do in the weekly postgame “Rush to Judgment” feature here on Musket Fire.Over the first two games of the season, Patriots fans were wondering where the running  game was, despite Tom Brady throwing the...

Brady, Pats bounce back, beat Raiders (AP)

Tom Brady bounced back from a four-interception performance by throwing for 226 yards, two touchdowns and committing no turnovers to help the Patriots beat the mistake-prone Oakland Raiders 31-19 Sunday. Wes Welker caught nine passes for 158 yards and a score, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley adding rushing touchdowns and the Patriots (3-1) played a mostly mistake-free game after last...

Patriots/Jets Preview From Accuscore (And Playoff Odds)

PD has partnered with AccuScore this season to bring you data-driven content on the Patriots and their opponents throughout the year. AccuScore Advisor offers professional grade football betting systems that help build sustainable success while betting on NFL football. The New England Patriots are a heavy favorite winning 81% of simulations over the New York Jets. Tom Brady is averaging...

Jets week a departure

Rookie running back Stevan Ridley has only been in the Patriots locker room for two months and he has already gotten the obligatory Jets week warning from coach Bill Belichick .

Patriots Rebound With 31-19 Win Over Raiders

Wes Welker totaled 158 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions as New England downed Oakland, 31-19. Tom Brady threw for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 16-of-30 passing for the Patriots (3-1), who recovered from a disheartening loss at Buffalo last week. Stevan Ridley posted 97 yards and a score on 10 carries, BenJarvus Green- Ellis added 75 yards and a rushing TD...
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