Re: 5 games lost while winning at the half
posted at 1/7/2010 12:02 PM EST
With the exception of the Saints game which was just "one of those games", if the Patriots simply played an even 2nd half in the games they lost they would have won all of those games. I am not talking about winning the half, simply play to a stalemate.
I know you are not making changes to what you do at halftime when you successfully did everything you wanted in the first half. Which for the most part has been the case this season. You do have to have plan B though for when your opponent makes the changes necessary at halftime that you know they are going to make because you were killin' 'em out their in the first half. Why the hell do they either not have plan B or why is it that they can NOT execute plan B?
Since the BYE week the Patriots has scored an AVERAGE of ONLY 8 points in the 2nd half of ALL games. (The Offense actually average fewer than 8 points as the D has scored in the 2nd half). Win OR Lose. It's worse. In the loses not only did they not score points, they were NOT even getting first downs in critical situations.
Almost the entire Offensive starting unit returned for the Patriots, except for Gaffney. In the past 2-3 years there are 6 or 7 pro bowl offensive players currently on our Offensive unit.
The Defense has a lot of new and sometimes changing faces. 2 New corner-backs(at times, sometimes a rookie), 1 New safety(at times, sometimes a rookie), 2 New OLB's(at times), 2 Rookie defensive lineman (in rotation at times). ONE player that has made the pro bowl in the past 2-3 years, that I can think of, that is currently starting for the D. I am not sure about my stats on the pro-bowlers but should be fairly accurate. I did not look it up, memory only.
Let's take a look at a couple of the losses after the BYE week.
Pats Offense had 8 possessions in the 2nd half but only scored 10 points. 10. It's worse, of the 10 points BOTH scores came from the Offense being set up with a short field. Once on an Edelman Punt return to the Indy 7 yard line. They moved 7 yards and scored a TD. The other time when the Defense intercepted PM and gave the ball to the Offense and TB at the Indy 48 yard line. They moved it like 20 yards and had to kick a field goal. TB also threw an interception in the end zone and LM fumbled the ball on the goal line in that game.
Pats Offense had 5 possessions in the 2nd half but only scored 7 points. The other 7 points was scored by our Defense on a pick 6. One drive less than 20 yards, punt. One long drive and TD. One 3 and out, punt. One 2 play drive resulting in a TB interception giving the Texans a short field at the Patriot 28 yard line. Texans scored a TD on that. The Offense also gave the Texans ANOTHER TD when Fred Taylor fumbled in his own end zone and Texans(Pollard) recovered for a TD. LM may have cost his "own" team a TD but at least he didn't give the "other" team a TD. Of the 34 the Texans scored our Offense gave them 1 TD and set them up for a gimme score on the other.
I still say we go as far in the playoffs as TB and the rest of the offense can play consistent and mistake free. We have won the games they do and lose the games they don't this season. Almost regardless of what the defense does.