Ups and downs for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, and without the benefit of film review, a look at which New England Patriots players were "up" in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions and which players were on the opposite end of the spectrum:


Ryan Allen -- Punter delivered a 66-yard gem in the first quarter after scooping up a low-rolling snap. It was one of the underrated plays of the game because it shifted field position at a time in which the Patriots trailed.

Danny Amendola -- An 81-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown in the second quarter was another big special teams play in the game. He made his case to keep the job despite the acquisition of running back/kickoff returner LeGarrette Blount.

LeGarrette Blount -- In 17 snaps, he was productive with two rushing touchdowns as he was a hammer in the red zone. He finished with 12 carries for 78 yards.

Julian Edelman -- Receiver totals 11 catches for 89 yards as he continues to provide a spark, with the only blemish a dropped pass in the red zone.

Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell -- Interior offensive line seemed to hold up well against Ndamukong Suh and Co., on a day in which the Patriots trended toward the pass and got the ball out quickly.

Darrelle Revis -- Matched up mostly against Golden Tate, this was an impressive "Revis Island" type performance.

Tim Wright -- Playing a season-high 60 snaps, he smashed his previous high of 21 and had two touchdown receptions.


Danny Aiken -- Snapper skipped one attempt to punter Ryan Allen in the first quarter.

Jamie Collins -- Linebacker picked up two penalties on the same drive in the first half.

Zach Moore -- Rookie played sparingly and had a chance to wrap up quarterback Matthew Stafford on one play but didn't finish the tackle.