A look at the top performers and underachievers in the New England Patriots’ 30 – 7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Chandler Jones – After having a bad game in the season opener in Miami, Jones played well against the Vikings and generated constant pressure from the edge. Besides his two sacks, Jones blocked a field goal and returned the ball for a touchdown before the end of the second quarter.
Julian Edelman – The wide receiver recorded 6 catches for 81 yards including a touchdown. The Vikings defensive backs had their problems with Edelman who also drew a couple penalty flags. The Kent State alum showed up in special teams as well with couple long punt returns.
Logan Ryan – The second year cornerback records his first interception in the season after jumping in front of Cordarrelle Patterson. Ryan also broke up a pass intended for Patterson and stopped running back Matt Asiata for no gain on a third down.
Deontae Skinner – The linebacker, who was added to the 53-man roster this week, allowed a couple catches in the first quarter and didn’t really show up in coverage for the rest of the game.
Penalties – The Patriots were called for 13 penalties, including three on Nate Solder during the span of two plays. A handful of penalties even resulted in Vikings first downs. This will almost definitely be addressed by the coaching staff in the upcoming week.