BOSTON (CBS) - The Boston Globe's Ben Volin called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich Tuesday morning to talk some football, starting with the offensive line of the Patriots.
That group of players has been the most talked about unit in the NFL through the first four weeks because of their inability to protect Tom Brady. But the problems (for one game anyway) shored up on Sunday night against Cincinnati, where Tom Brady was sacked just one time.
Volin credits the linemen for stepping up, as well as the scheme they were put in that allowed for their success.
"Overall they did a much better job, most of it was scheme related. This game was Belichick playing chess and Marvin Lewis playing checkers," said Volin.
"This was such a schematic mismatch. The Patriots took full advantage of the Bengals. They knew exactly what the Bengals were gonna bring. The Bengals have not changed their defensive scheme in 10 years under Marvin Lewis. Lewis believes, 'Our team is better than your team and we're just gonna line up and beat you' -- kind of like the Seahawks. That didn't work on Sunday night. Bill Belichick just had a flawless game plan. They attacked the middle of the field, down the seams and Brady got the ball out quickly. The Patriots did a great job of scheming them up. Give them credit for executing a flawless game plan."
After discussing the Chris Mortensen report, the guys discussed the possibility of an NFL team in Los Angeles, Darrelle Revis shutting down A.J. Green, Tim Wright and much more.
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