Re: D chokes again!!!
posted at 11/19/2013 9:07 AM EST
In response to ATJ's comment:
I don't consider the D's play last night a 'choke.' They are pretty dinged up and playing against a QB who is effective both throwing and running the football. Playing with a dinged up Talib and without a pretty good number 2 corner in Dennard I thought they handled themselves reasonably well.
Agree ATJ. Honestly, this game struck me as one where the team in general played well, but a few crucial mistakes cost them the game. For example:
1. Ridley Fumble (this was a 3-7 point loss and probably the biggest mistake of the night).
2. Solder breakdown allowing that sack
3. Talib PI
4. 3rd and 1 playcall (McDaniels?)
5. Arrington missed tackle
I also think the missed tackles on Newton can be attributed more to his athletic ability than the Patriots just missing him. I know it seems stupid taking these plays and saying they "played well" but that is honestly how I feel.
Not to mention the D was missing Kelly, Wilfork, Mayo, Dennard, Gregory, and Talib for a good part of the game...I think they played ok consider these losses. Also, the offense was moving the ball, but some of the mistakes mentioned above prevented them from putting up more points.