Patriots, Welker start well, finish strong
The excitement doesn’t start until
The New England
“Understanding coverages is the key thing, and knowing where defenders are and which way to turn and when I need to get (directly) upfield and when I have a little more room to do something else,” he said.
The 5-foot-9 Welker understands that very well. He leads all NFL wide receivers with 286 yards after the catch despite missing two games with a knee injury. He’s first in the league with 46 receptions and is the only one among the top 24 whose yards after the catch are greater than his yards at the point when he made it.
Welker’s success is a major reason for Brady’s productive return from knee surgery, answering the big question that faced the
“We’ve got a pretty good rapport with each other and we understand what each other is thinking against different coverages,” Welker said.
Now they face another uncertainty: After their last two games against winless teams in which they outscored Tennessee and Tampa Bay 94-7, can the
They’re about to find out.
New England returns from the bye with a home game against Miami. The
“There’s obviously some great teams,” Welker said. “That’s the way it is week in and week out, but especially this next month, so we’re definitely going to stay on top of our game.”
They usually are this time of year.
Since 2001, the
Improving as the season progresses is a point of emphasis by coach Bill Belichick and his staff, “letting us know that this is the time of the season when good teams break away from the pack,” running back
In the opener, they needed Brady’s two scoring passes in the last 2:06 to beat the
Then came the wins against two bad teams: 59-0 over Tennessee and 35-7 over Tampa Bay in London. But the
“We need to get better at everything,” said safety
Brady has thrown 15 touchdown passes, but nine came against the
The defense has allowed the third-fewest points per game and gotten contributions from rookie defensive backs
“They’ve played real well,” Faulk said, “but at the same time, just as this team has to improve, they have to improve, too, no matter how well they’ve played.”
“I’m feeling great,” Brady said after beating Tampa Bay. “Certainly (there’s) a lot of good things to take from being 5-2. We played two poor halves of football there against the
But November, the
“The conditions get a little bit worse and I think we’re really used to those conditions,” Welker said. “There’s a lot of things we need to improve on, get better at, but we’re making strides in the right direction. We just need to continue making those.”