The Patriots made good on Tom Brady’s plea to beef up the running game in a 28-10 win over the Falcons on Thursday night.
Wes Welker said it was important for him to get back on the field: “It’s something I’ve really been looking forward to and something I’ve worked my tail off to get to this whole offseason.”
Bill Belichick says Welker is as competitive and hard-working as any player he’s coached.
Tom Curran notes that Fred Taylor doesn’t look 34 years old, and the Patriots had great run blocking without G Logan Mankins.
New England’s rookie tight ends have quickly become a big part of the team’s offense.
Atlanta’s defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs.
It looks like the Falcons found a bookend to pair with John Abraham in DE Kroy Biermann.
Matt Ryan focused on throwing to his tight ends in the game.
Falcons WR Harry Douglas played for the first time since Atlanta’s playoff loss to Arizona after the 2008 season.
Falcons QB John Parker Wilson provided a late highlight, but wasn’t impressive overall, throwing for only 98 yards on 25 attempts.