The Patriots had their way with their Raiders in week 4 like expected, but that doesn’t mean they left Oakland unscathed. Weak side linebacker and Patriots best defensemen Jerod Mayo sprained his MCL in Sunday’s win over the Raiders. It could take Mayo up to 6 weeks to return. Jerod Mayo had a similar injury in 2008 in which he was rushed back too early in the season and played at half speed. Expect linebackers Dane Fletcher and Gary Guyton to take Mayo’s place while the Patriots remain patient for Mayo to fully recover this time around. Unfortunately Danny Woodhead left the game too but with an ankle injury. There is currently no time table for his return. On a positive note, Stevan Ridley will get an increase of touches going forward and that is good move regardless for the Patriots going forward. This rookie running back has vision, downhill running ability, and shifty moves to make a player miss. He also looks faster than his 4.65 forty time when his number is called. Ridley is currently averaging 8.2 yards a carry and will be a force to reckon with from here on out.
The Patriots looked great on Sunday as they clearly controlled the game for four quarters. Jason Campbell threw for one touchdown but two costly interceptions while Tom Magnificent threw for two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The first interception was made by Patrick Chung with a cast on his hand while Campbell was just trying to throw the ball away on a second and goal at the Patriots six yard line while the other interception was made by……………..nose tackle Vincent Wilfork!!! This is Wilfork’s second interception on the year and he is currently challenging all cornerbacks and safeties around the NFL to lead the league in interceptions. Watch out Ed Reed! They are both tied with 2!
The Patriots (3-1) will travel back home to take on the New York Jets (2-2) in week 5 and Wilfork will be looking to rack up some more stats against Mark Sanchez who has already thrown for 5 interceptions this year. Sanchez’s qb rating is currently at 75.9.