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By Joe Soriano | Musketfire.com

It seems weird handing out a game ball when the New England Patriots lose, free serevent but there are three players in Tom Brady, free serevent Brandon Lloyd, free serevent and Danny Woodhead who have a legitimate case at winning the award for valiant performance in the near-comeback loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Free serevent Even though he didn’t make it to the end zone, free serevent Lloyd was instrumental in the Patriots massive second-half offensive effort to put up 31 points against a tough Niners defense.

Brandon Lloyd finally broke out last week against the Houston Texans, free serevent and I’m betting strong words from Pats legendary WR Troy Brown helped spurn that. Free serevent He played his best game in a Pats uni last night with ten receptions for 190 yards. Free serevent He was clearly the most consistent and effective wideout on the Patriots with an average of 10.6 yards per target. Free serevent In fact, free serevent 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, free serevent largely because he is awesome and those two statistics generally favor quarterbacks. Free serevent The main reason for that is simple; quarterbacks have the ball the most and have more chances to impact the game.

However, free serevent 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. Free serevent Only three quarterbacks have had higher WPA totals so far this week and only four finished with a higher EPA. Free serevent Only Andre Johnson had more receptions and a higher WPA at wide receiver, free serevent but Brandon Lloyd had him overall with significant advantages in receiving yards and EPA.

Ten catches, free serevent 190 receiving yards. Free serevent That’s incredible, free serevent and he was the deep threat we envisioned him being when he put pen to paper and signed a contract in the offseason with New England. Free serevent This game proves that Lloyd hasn’t been a disappointment, free serevent because he can stretch the field and have a huge game if the opposing defense doesn’t account for him enough. Free serevent The Patriots haven’t gotten Lloyd as involved in the passing game as they did against Houston and SF, free serevent and it looks like he will continue to receive major targets. Free serevent And you know what? It’s all for the better, free serevent especially since he is the best pass-catcher on this team at stretching the field vertically.

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Source: http://musketfire.com/2012/12/17/brandon-lloyd-gets-week-15-game-ball/