Ups and downs for the Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, and without the benefit of film review, a look at which Patriots are "up" and which are "down" from the team's game against the Bengals:


Tom Brady -- On the night he eclipsed the 50,000-yard mark for his career, which came after a week in which some in the media were questioning if he was past his prime, Brady was serenaded with chants of "Brady! Brady! Brady!" by the energized crowd.

Chris Jones -- Defensive tackle has put together a few solid games back-to-back and was rewarded for his non-stop motor with a fourth-quarter sack.

Stevan Ridley/Shane Vereen -- With a commitment to the running game and a more balanced approach, Ridley and Vereen ran hard and helped settle things down for an offense in much need of that approach.

Tim Wright -- Tight end maximized his time on the field (he had four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in 11 snaps at the half), as he added a new pass-catching dimension to the offense out of the two-tight end set.

Offensive line -- Best game of the season for left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Dan Connolly, center Bryan Stork, right guard Ryan Wendell and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. It's been mentioned that it's going to be a struggle until that group comes together and the team gets some continuity, so it can't be overlooked when it happens.

Coaching staff -- Much maligned after a tough night last Monday, they responded with excellent game plans on both sides of the ball.


Alfonzo Dennard -- Cornerback was beaten on a long touchdown pass early in the third quarter and also picked up a defensive holding penalty in the second quarter.

Brandon LaFell -- Receiver stopped running on a long pass down the left sideline in the second quarter and couldn't haul in a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Logan Ryan -- Cornerback came in place of injured Darrelle Revis in the third quarter and was targeted immediately for a touchdown by A.J. Green.