Four Ups, Four Downs From Patriots-Saints Preseason Opener

August 10, 2012 12:00 AM
Four Ups, Four Downs From Patriots-Saints Preseason Opener
" BOSTON (CBS) — New England football fans’ long wait for the return of game action finally ended on Thursday night, with the Patriots beating the Saints 7-6 in the team’s preseason opener on Thursday night.

The final score doesn’t always tell you much though when it comes to preseason games, so let’s look at the positives and negatives in a new feature called Four Ups, Four Downs.

Four Ups

1. Chandler Jones

It’s hard to not get excited about how great the kid looked Thursday night going up against Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod. He displayed speed moves and power moves, and he showed great awareness. Statistically he had just two total tackles, but he looked to be an impact player right from the get-go, applying heavy pressure on Drew Brees on the second play of the game. He also forced holding calls on Bushrod on back-to-back plays, and he tackled a scrambling Chase Daniel from behind for a big third down stop. Reporters have been gushing about Jones’ ability throughout training camp, and everyone got to see it on the big stage on Thursday.

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