Re: A tale of the fourth; Patriots offense vs. defense, who's to blame?
posted at 10/25/2012 12:14 AM EDT
I guess my point was they were known as a 2nd half team. They wanted it more, they were in better shape and they pounded the other team right through the very last second. I can remember the announcers saying those same things at the time.
I'm betting in the 4th quarters back then they were running ball control and clock control. Now they become 2nd half pass happy if they haven't established a running game.
Do you have time of possession per quarter as a stat to compare?
I guess the other thing to consider is that the league parity has become very tight and Tom Brady is right fans here have been spoiled.
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
[QUOTE]My stats only go back to 2003 but...
2003 the O averaged 8.3 pts in the 4th, 2004, 5.1 pts, 2005, 5.0. much worse except 2003
which is on par with this years O.
Defense gave up, 2003 2.6, 2004 3.1, 2005 3.1 Far, Far, far cry from the 8.7 of present
So, in the SB years the O didn't score as much and the D gave up much less.[/QUOTE]