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Brandon Lloyd finally broke out last week against the Houston Texans, buy touch up kit and I’m betting strong words from Pats legendary WR Troy Brown helped spurn that. Buy touch up kit He played his best game in a Pats uni last night with ten receptions for 190 yards. Buy touch up kit He was clearly the most consistent and effective wideout on the Patriots with an average of 10.6 yards per target. Buy touch up kit In fact, buy touch up kit two-thirds of all the plays he were involved in were deemed successful by SR%.

Tom Brady usually leads the Patriots in the advanced statistics WPA and EPA each week, buy touch up kit largely because he is awesome and those two statistics generally favor quarterbacks. Buy touch up kit The main reason for that is simple; quarterbacks have the ball the most and have more chances to impact the game.

However, buy touch up kit it was Lloyd who led the team in those stats and had a huge impact on the game with a 0.32 WPA and a 14.9 EPA. Buy touch up kit Only three quarterbacks have had higher WPA totals so far this week and only four finished with a higher EPA. Buy touch up kit Only Andre Johnson had more receptions and a higher WPA at wide receiver, buy touch up kit but Brandon Lloyd had him overall with significant advantages in receiving yards and EPA.

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