3 up, 3 down for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, a look at three players whose performance was "up" in the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Colts, and three players at the opposite end of the spectrum (with some creative math on the "up" side):


Julian Edelman -- A triple threat as a punt returner (68-yard punt return for TD), receiver (5 catches, 58 yards, TD) and rusher (1 carry, 47 yards). His punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter is a big play in the game.

Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end eclipses the 100-yard mark for the ninth time in his career, finishing with a team-high seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts simply don't have an answer.

Aqib Talib -- Cornerback lands on the list for one play -- his sensational 59-yard interception return of an overthrown Andrew Luck pass in the second quarter. He has some other struggles in the game, but the intereption return was a huge play as the Patriots don't look back from there.

Vince Wilfork -- Defensive lineman does the little things that don't get noticed on the stat sheet, such as providing a strong interior push to alter Andrew Luck's mechanics on Talib's interception and 59-yard return for a TD. Talib will get the attention for the play, but without Wilfork's rush, Luck's pass might have never sailed.


Kyle Arrington -- Cornerback has a 40-yard pass interference penalty to set up the Colts' first touchdown, is penalized again on the next drive, and is replaced in the base defense for most of the remainder of the game by Alfonzo Dennard.

Stevan Ridley -- Running back can't get it going with 13 carries for 28 yards.

Nate Solder -- Left tackle has a tough time early as he is penalized twice for holding in the early going.