New England Patriots: Grading Position Groups Bills’ Game

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Grade: A-

I grouped the cornerbacks and safeties into one group mainly because the Patriots really only played with two cornerbacks. With Justin Coleman out, the Patriots played Tavon Wilson and Patrick Chung at nickel corner instead of Rashaan Melvin.

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Malcolm Butler continues his ascendance to becoming a shutdown corner in the NFL, as he completely erased Sammy Watkins from the game. Watkins only had 3 catches, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Butler is getting better and more confident every single week, and it will be fun to watch him go up against the Denver Broncos receiving corps next week.

Opposite from Butler, Logan Ryan continues to play the best football of his career. Ryan has been excellent while guarding most team’s number 2 receivers, and Monday he limited Robert Woods to 4 catches for 44 yards.

At safety, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty continue to play like the best safety tandem in football. Chung was once again excellent in the box and on the line of scrimmage, and Devin McCourty knocked a ball out of LeSean McCoy’s hands in the endzone.

While depth is still an issue at cornerback, the Patriots secondary has been electric this season, and they are a big reason the Patriots have let up the least amount of points in the NFL this season.

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