Jamie Collins up, Nate Solder down in Patriots' win

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A look at New England Patriots players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday’s 30-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys:


Jamie Collins -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick usually says he has to review the tape before commenting on a player's individual performance immediately after a game, but he made an exception Sunday in saying, "Jamie seemed to be all over the field." Collins finished with a team-high 10 tackles (one for a loss) and a forced fumble. "Dude's not human," safety Devin McCourty said.

Dion Lewis -- RB Lewis finished with a team-high eight catches for 59 yards and a dazzling touchdown, while adding six rushes for 34 yards. He played 43 of a possible 60 offensive snaps and continues to seize the opportunity to be the Patriots' primary running back, crediting a more mature approach from the earlier years of his career.

Ryan Allen/Stephen Gostkowski -- While splitting the vote might be pushing the envelope, it seems fitting to have the punter and kicker share this third and final spot based on the linkage between their positions, their contributions, and how this was a sound overall complementary performance from the Patriots (offense, defense, special teams). Belichick credited Allen's 60-yard punt in the second quarter as an underrated play in the game, saying, "I thought that was really big for us," as Allen finished with three of his four punts downed inside the 20, a 43.8 average, and a 42.3 net. As for Gostkowski, he hit field goals of 49, 57 and 34 yards, with six touchbacks on his seven kickoffs.


Nate Solder -- Starting left tackle Solder had some trouble with Greg Hardy in one-on-one situations before leaving late in the second quarter with a right elbow injury and not returning. Hardy gets some credit for that, as he is a top player who can wreck a game.

Rob Ninkovich -- A quiet day for the defensive end/strongside linebacker, with one assisted tackle/one pass defended and a neutral zone infraction penalty in the first quarter that turned a third-and-8 into a third-and-3 that Dallas ultimately converted.

Scott Chandler -- The veteran wasn't a big factor in the game-plan, on the field for just 10 snaps, so his opportunities were limited. One might say this is a bit harsh, but based on expectation level following his multi-million deal in free agency, it was a surprise to see Michael Williams leap-frogging him on the tight end depth chart for this game.