Re: A statistical look at the Pats defines this year
posted at 1/26/2014 5:57 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
Well, like you said, stats don't tell the whole story.
I think the forced incompletions as well as points against were more a reflection of playing against 7 rookie and 2nd year QB's and Josh Freeman,LOL, who made bad decisions and bad throws .
T/O's were nothing special and did you happen to check actual pass defended?
I know they only had one last week (with pm completing 75%), compared to Denver's 5. Not good!
The high 3rd down completion % is this teams biggest problem (for years). It's damning in so many ways (as it also hurts the O) and probably paints a better picture.
For those calling Denver's D bad, they had a 38% 3rd down completion, as apposed to the Pats 42%, against weaker competition. That's telling!
Pezz, I also made a mistake in pulling the first downs per game number, which was 21.1 and not 19.9 (I've corrected my original post). I think it's fairly clear that this defense allowed teams to move the ball. Still, the points given up weren't that high and that means that the defense was making stops before opponents could score. You could be right that these stops might be more a reflection of our opponents' weak offenses than our defense's own skills. Still, stops were made for one reason or the other.
I also would stress again that the good special teams play (forcing opposing offenses to go close to 80 yards on most drives) was very important to the low scoring totals of our opponents. You can't underestimate how important guys like Gostkowski, Allen, and Slater are to our defense's relative success this year.
Thanks again to BB and Caserio! Execs of the Year. Right here in NE.
We have a very special thing going on here with the youth movement, drafting and development, that is for sure.
Ya think Brady wakes up in next year's title game? lol
Dorsey, exec of the year.
Imagine, you have the real COACH of the year right there in your backyard and don't even know it. LOL BWAHAHAHA Fraud!