Re: Big Al healthy + Andre Carter =?
posted at 10/17/2011 9:28 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Big Al healthy + Andre Carter =?
[QUOTE]The DLs played a great game, getting decent pressure on Romo and being very stout against the run. Carter's sacks will get the most attention, but I am very impressed with his run defense too. He's a great addition. Haynesworth and Wilfork together up front are a load for any offensive line. Ellis quietly had a nice game, and Love holds his own when he's in there. Warren looks a little out of shape to me--but he played good when he was in and with some time to get back into shape, he could be a nice cog in the rotation. Anderson also plays well on passing downs. Will be interesting to see what happens with Brace and Deadrick, since there's too many guys if they both get healthy. I guess that's a nice problem to have! LBs, I thought, were spotty yesterday. Some big plays by both Guyton and Spikes, but also some poor tackling at times. Honestly, I didn't notice Ninkovich much. Is that because he was doing his job or because he wasn't making any plays? Anyone notice? Maybe he just was blanketing Witten all day, since we heard little from Witten all game. If that's the case, then Nink played great! Again, though, I didn't really see what he was doing. DBs are still leaving a lot of cushion on receivers. With Dallas's big receivers maybe this made sense, though. Better to play soft and make the tackle after the reception than to get beat and give up the big play. But we were helped, I think, by Dallas's conservative offensive play calling and their inability to get Witten and Bryant more involved. Those big receivers scared me coming into the game, but fortunately they weren't all that big a factor. I really hate the way our offense stalls when a team is successful at getting pressure on Brady while still keeping decent coverage on the receivers. I don't think it's a coincidence that the Jets, the Ravens, and whatever team Rob Ryan is coaching (Browns, Cowboys) tend to have success against us. We really need to figure out a way to counter those defenses that disguise their fronts, bring (or at least threaten) good pressure, and also manage to cover our receivers well. I liked the Pats' super-fast hurry-up offense that managed to confuse the Ryan defense as much as that defense was trying to confuse our offense. It was a neat strategy--but at the same time, I felt it was risky, because sometimes our offense seemed on the edge of being out of control. Brady starts pressing a little in those situations, I think, and is more prone to throw a bad pass. Mostly, he's great, but just one mistake can destroy a whole good drive. I like mixing in the run more against these defenses. We did some of that, but maybe need to mix it up even more. I'd love to see film on this game . . . it would be very interesting to break down given the complex strategies employed by both teams.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Well, people could just give the Dallas defense credit. It is amazing, absolutely amazing, that NE's defense can give up 28 to another team, and people will talk about how they played a tough offense.
Those three defenses (Jets not included this season, hahahaha) are some of the best in football period. Everyone has trouble with them, and the way to beat them is to execute.
The offense will never be perfect every week. This week, until the final drive NE kept running the ball, they executed. Mistakes were made. Dallas forces you into mistakes sometimes ... because they have the best pass rusher in the NFL and one of the three or four best run-stopping fronts.
That is exactly the kind of team where you need your defense to play it close instead of folding up. They played excellent AND Tom Brady put the dagger into Dallas' heart exactly when it mattered!
Between the last few weeks, I feel better about this team than I did at any point last season.