By Joe Soriano | Musketfire.com
It seems weird handing out a game ball when the New England Patriots lose, ginseng tea but there are three players in Tom Brady, ginseng tea Brandon Lloyd, ginseng tea and Danny Woodhead who have a legitimate case at winning the award for valiant performance in the near-comeback loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Ginseng tea Even though he didn’t make it to the end zone, ginseng tea Lloyd was instrumental in the Patriots massive second-half offensive effort to put up 31 points against a tough Niners defense.
Brandon Lloyd finally broke out last week against the Houston Texans, ginseng tea and I’m betting strong words from Pats legendary WR Troy Brown helped spurn that. Ginseng tea He played his best game in a Pats uni last night with ten receptions for 190 yards. Ginseng tea He was clearly the most consistent and effective wideout on the Patriots with an average of 10.6 yards per target. Ginseng tea In fact, ginseng tea two-thirds of all the plays he were involved in were deemed successful by SR%.
Tom Brady usually leads the Patriots in the advanced statistics WPA and EPA each week, ginseng tea largely because he is awesome and those two statistics generally favor quarterbacks. Ginseng tea The main reason for that is simple; quarterbacks have the ball the most and have more chances to impact the game.
However, ginseng tea it was Lloyd who led the team in those stats and had a huge impact on the game with a 0.32 WPA and a 14.9 EPA. Ginseng tea Only three quarterbacks have had higher WPA totals so far this week and only four finished with a higher EPA. Ginseng tea Only Andre Johnson had more receptions and a higher WPA at wide receiver, ginseng tea but Brandon Lloyd had him overall with significant advantages in receiving yards and EPA.
Ten catches, ginseng tea 190 receiving yards. Ginseng tea That’s incredible, ginseng tea and he was the deep threat we envisioned him being when he put pen to paper and signed a contract in the offseason with New England. Ginseng tea This game proves that Lloyd hasn’t been a disappointment, ginseng tea because he can stretch the field and have a huge game if the opposing defense doesn’t account for him enough. Ginseng tea The Patriots haven’t gotten Lloyd as involved in the passing game as they did against Houston and SF, ginseng tea and it looks like he will continue to receive major targets. Ginseng tea And you know what? It’s all for the better, ginseng tea especially since he is the best pass-catcher on this team at stretching the field vertically.
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