Un-Patriot like mistakes.

Patriots tight end David Thomas this morning might be cleaning out his locker after his late game gaffe if not for one thing- his coach comitted a late gaffe or 2 that which were just as instrumental in costing the Patriots the game.

Thomas’s late personal foul call was certainly the most blatant, but Belichick calling a time out just before what has become the Patriots biggest guarantee of a yard-a quarterback sneak for a 1st down!  The old NFL paranoia reared it’s ugly head in Belichick’s brain. After the game Belichick said he thought it was 4th and inches and not 4th and 1yard.?…  So WHAT!  Go for it, which Belichick usually does, but he chickened out and paid the consequences- a loss to the Colts, when an ensuing touchdown would have given them a 19-15 lead instead of Gostkowski’s field goal tieing the game at 15-15.

I know, could’ves and should’ves, but quite frankly I was very encouraged by the Patriots play in this loss.

-Matt Cassel played his best game as a pro. True, the offense (most notably short manageable passes) was tailored to his strengths but Cassel was acurate. He showed a great deal of composure. I was impressed.

-The Pats defensive line was tremendous against the run, 47 yards on 22 carries for a 2.2 average…but not so good putting pressure on Manning.

-The Pats offensive line was also very impressive, giving Cassel plenty of time to throw (0 sacks). They also helped the Pats running game average twice as many yards per carry (4.4) than Indy.

-Kevin Faulk. Do I need to say anything more? If I do, how about an average of 6 yards per carry. Belichick should have given him the ball more than the 10 times he carried. Oh yah, Faulk also had 5 catches for 37 yards. The Pats would be in big, big trouble without him.

-MD

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