Immune Support

By Joe Soriano |

It seems weird handing out a game ball when the New England Patriots lose, immune support but there are three players in Tom Brady, immune support Brandon Lloyd, immune support 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. Immune support Even though he didn’t make it to the end zone, immune support 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, immune support and I’m betting strong words from Pats legendary WR Troy Brown helped spurn that. Immune support He played his best game in a Pats uni last night with ten receptions for 190 yards. Immune support He was clearly the most consistent and effective wideout on the Patriots with an average of 10.6 yards per target. Immune support In fact, immune support 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, immune support largely because he is awesome and those two statistics generally favor quarterbacks. Immune support The main reason for that is simple; quarterbacks have the ball the most and have more chances to impact the game.

However, immune support 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. Immune support Only three quarterbacks have had higher WPA totals so far this week and only four finished with a higher EPA. Immune support Only Andre Johnson had more receptions and a higher WPA at wide receiver, immune support but Brandon Lloyd had him overall with significant advantages in receiving yards and EPA.

Ten catches, immune support 190 receiving yards. Immune support That’s incredible, immune support 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. Immune support This game proves that Lloyd hasn’t been a disappointment, immune support because he can stretch the field and have a huge game if the opposing defense doesn’t account for him enough. Immune support The Patriots haven’t gotten Lloyd as involved in the passing game as they did against Houston and SF, immune support and it looks like he will continue to receive major targets. Immune support And you know what? It’s all for the better, immune support especially since he is the best pass-catcher on this team at stretching the field vertically.

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