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Week 9 Game Recap: New England Patriots 20, Baltimore Ravens 37

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New England Patriots

ē The Pats could really use NKeal Harry for chunk targets and contested catches. Hopefully he will be back after the bye.

ē In a similar vein, when Isaiah Wynn is eligible, the Pats could really use his presence shoring up the o-line. The consistency hasnít been there in protection and blocking.

ē If the Ravens game is any indication, Mohamed Sanu can be a reliable target, but will operate in a shorter, quick pass game environment, similar to Julian Edelman.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense played very well but struggled for much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Patriots were able to create turnovers and control time of possession in the middle stretch of the game but the Ravens were dominate early and late in the game. The Ravens relied upon their rushing attack led by Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. The Ravens and Jackson made some plays in the passing game but struggled to find openings downfield. Jackson did throw the ball well in the short to intermediate range. Mark Ingram played very well outside of costly fumble and was stopped just short of scoring a touchdown. Marquise Brown's return was a plus for the Ravens offense but he was stifled for much of the game by Stephon Gillmore. Mark Andrews made a couple of plays but did not see a high volume of targets. Nick Boyle led the Ravens in targets and receptions with a number of underneath catches.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 46 - 285 - 1 TD / 1 INT
Another uneven day for Tom Brady, who went through a hot spell in the middle of the game but could not overcome a Ravens team that was better all around on the day. Miscues did the team no favors, and the run game was ineffective and put in a bad spot due to game script. As a result, the entire offense was Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu, who had 20 of Bradyís 30 completions. Brady had several off throws, including two airmailed throws early and two near interceptions later in the game. Bradyís lone touchdown was on a short pick play that went to Mohamed Sanu, while his interception was a bad throw combined with an arm punt on a deep shot that was nowhere near his intended target. The offensive line wasnít terrible Ė as aforementioned, the Pats were just beat in every phase of the game. Hopefully the line and lack of weaponry donít become a trend.

RB James White, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 38 - 1, Rec: 2 - 46 - 0 (3 targets)
The Pats were forced to go to the pass early, so it was surprising the Pats didnít utilize James White more. The reality is they were trying to force the issue here and there, so most of the targets went to Edelman and Sanu. He did make a great deep leaping catch in 1 on 1 coverage which set the Pats up in the red zone, then later scored on a short rushing touchdown. Beyond that, he had more rushing touches than pass targets which is unusual, but does speak to his snap volume and game script.

RB Sony Michel, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Part of the problem with Sony Michel is his one-dimensional nature. In games where the Pats have to pass, Michel wonít do anything, and this was the case against the Ravens, who went up early and forced the Pats to go into throw mode. He should see more touches in future games, but itís a reminder of his limited perceived skillset.

RB Rex Burkhead, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)
Burkhead played a bit role even with the Patriots playing from behind, but wasnít able to do anything with his limited touches. He remains a 4-8 touch player for now.

WR Julian Edelman, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 89 - 0 (11 targets)
With the Pats going pass heavy, Julian Edelman and Mo Sanu were the entire offense. Edelman made several key grabs, including a great hands snare late in the 2nd quarter to move the Patriots down the field. He also made one of the crucial plays of the game, fumbling away a ball for a score which absolutely killed momentum at a time when the Patriots could have taken the lead in the game. He gets a pass since he rarely fumbles, but sometimes fighting for the extra yard isnít worth it.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 81 - 1 (14 targets)
If thereís one positive for the Patriots, itís that Sanu is integrated into the offense. He led the team with 14 targets on the day, scored on a short pick play touchdown, and made several key catches. He also goofed a bit by not touching a defender on the ground who intercepted a Tom Brady pass, and missing that detail cost the Pats about 30 return yards. Sanu was used in a similar low depth of target way that Julian Edelman is for many routes and catches.

TE Ben Watson, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (5 targets)
Ben Watsonís big highlight was dropping a deep pass as he fell to the ground. A night to forget with 28 total yards.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 23 - 163 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 16 - 61 - 2
Lamar Jackson played well and made some spectacular plays with his legs. Jackson and the Ravens offense did struggle for a stretch in the second and third quarter but rebounded with two strong drives to seal the game. Jackson had a few misses in the game on throws he rushed and had a couple of batted passes early but found more consistency later in the game. The Ravens didn't generate many passing plays downfield but were consistent with the underneath passing game making key conversions. Jackson made an impressive throw to Marquise Brown as he was being wrapped up to convert a 3rd and 5. The Ravens moved into the red zone and were going to kick a field goal but an offsides penalty by the Patriots gave the Ravens first and goal. Jackson capped the drive with a 3 yard rushing touchdown off of a bootleg. Jackson kept the ball on an option play and followed a nice block from Nick Boyle at the second level for 18 yards. The drive stalled and the Ravens kicked a field goal after a few failed run plays. With a 4 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter Jackson and the Ravens found their stride. Jackson found Mark Andrews for 18 yards on 3rd and 5. Jackson converted a 4th and 4 with a dart to Willie Snead along the sideline for 7 yards. Jackson then had a spectacular 11 yard scramble where he escaped 3 Patriots defenders including Kyle Van Noy who looked like he should have had him. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown to Nick Boyle. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field again on a long methodical drive that was capped with his legs. Jackson burst through traffic for 9 yards to set up first and goal then ran a quarterback sneak for a 1 yard touchdown. Jackson was going to be stopped short on the play but Orlando Brown pulled Jackson into the end zone. The Ravens final two drives ate up 17:44 of game clock and resulted in two touchdowns.

RB Mark Ingram, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 115 - 0, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (3 targets)
Mark Ingram was playing very well until he lost a fumble. Ingram found much of his success early in the game finding running lanes and exploiting them for big gains. Ingram made two nice plays in the passing game and would've had a 3rd but Jackson rushed the throw. Ingram got a pitch from Jackson on an option play and broke contain for a 13 yard gain. Ingram followed a nice block from Matt Skura and burst into the second level for 14 yards. Ingram ran through a huge lane created by Marshal Yanda and went almost untouched for 53 yards. Ingram sprinted through the hole nearly at full speed. Ingram was wrapped up and stripped as he went to the ground on his next carry. Ingram made a pair of catches in the flat and totaled 29 yards on his two catches. Ingram was able to out flank a linebacker in coverage on each play then escape down the sideline.

RB Gus Edwards, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 27 - 1
Gus Edwards was effective as an inside runner and showed burst in the open field. Edwards pressed the hole inside before bouncing outside to beat two defenders on his way to a 13 yard touchdown. Edwards played second fiddle to Mark Ingram even after Ingram's fumble. Edwards ran hard and played well but may need an injury to see a larger role.

WR Marquise Brown, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (4 targets)
Marquise Brown looked like the Ravens best playmaker at receiver. Brown faced the coverage of Stephon Gilmore for much of the game but still made some plays. Brown made a diving catch for 6 yards on 3rd and 5 to keep the Ravens opening drive alive. Brown picked up 26 yards on a little toss from Lamar Jackson. Brown got outside the Patriots' edge defender with ease and took off down the sideline. Brown came open running a shallow crossing route and picked up 16 yards.

TE Nick Boyle, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 27 - 1 (5 targets)
Nick Boyle lead the team in targets and receptions against the Patriots. Boyle made his first catch in the flat for 2 yards. Boyle made a 7 yard catch over the middle running a curl. Boyle picked up 5 yards on a check down to the flat. Boyle ran a crossing route off of play action for a 5 yard touchdown. Boyle picked up 8 more yards on a catch in the flat.

TE Mark Andrews, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)
Mark Andrews made a pair of important catches but was quiet much of the game. Andrews made a catch in the flat for 3 yards on 3rd and 2. Andrews was targeted deep downfield on a scramble play but Jackson overthrew the pass. On 3rd and 5 Andrews made a leaping 18 yard catch downfield to give the Ravens offense some life.