By Joe Soriano | Musketfire.com
It seems weird handing out a game ball when the New England Patriots lose, lmx 4 but there are three players in Tom Brady, lmx 4 Brandon Lloyd, lmx 4 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. Lmx 4 Even though he didn’t make it to the end zone, lmx 4 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, lmx 4 and I’m betting strong words from Pats legendary WR Troy Brown helped spurn that. Lmx 4 He played his best game in a Pats uni last night with ten receptions for 190 yards. Lmx 4 He was clearly the most consistent and effective wideout on the Patriots with an average of 10.6 yards per target. Lmx 4 In fact, lmx 4 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, lmx 4 largely because he is awesome and those two statistics generally favor quarterbacks. Lmx 4 The main reason for that is simple; quarterbacks have the ball the most and have more chances to impact the game.
However, lmx 4 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. Lmx 4 Only three quarterbacks have had higher WPA totals so far this week and only four finished with a higher EPA. Lmx 4 Only Andre Johnson had more receptions and a higher WPA at wide receiver, lmx 4 but Brandon Lloyd had him overall with significant advantages in receiving yards and EPA.
Ten catches, lmx 4 190 receiving yards. Lmx 4 That’s incredible, lmx 4 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. Lmx 4 This game proves that Lloyd hasn’t been a disappointment, lmx 4 because he can stretch the field and have a huge game if the opposing defense doesn’t account for him enough. Lmx 4 The Patriots haven’t gotten Lloyd as involved in the passing game as they did against Houston and SF, lmx 4 and it looks like he will continue to receive major targets. Lmx 4 And you know what? It’s all for the better, lmx 4 especially since he is the best pass-catcher on this team at stretching the field vertically.
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