Re: Leon was impressed .....but
posted at 12/12/2012 1:56 PM EST
In response to MasterHess-'s comment:
Hey good afternoon my horribly accented neighbors from the North and how are ya?I must say that watching the pats offense on Monday night was quite impressive.The refs threw you a bone early on the phantom defensive interference call but the pats lookd good.Brady is as good as it gets BUT always keep in mind that Defense wins Championships and Offense scores points.
Your defense is weak at best and there is always that ugly issue of the "Curse" that is looming.Lets save that discussion for another day. You'll say they didn't it and I'll say they did. I speak for everybody in the country on this subject...outside of NE of course. So lets stay on point and discuss the pats defense.What is it now the 4th or 5th different set of DB's in the backfield for the pats this year?
Your eloquently written and well thought out posts are always welcome.
The Patriots have the 8th best run d in the league. And before you start to say that other teams just throw the ball consider that they have the 6th best in yards per carry. ANd that they are able to shut down a RB if they choose to (Chris Johnson had 4 yards in 11 carries as an example and Foster had all of 46 yards).
Also consider that their pass D and pass rush have been playing considerably better of late.
Consider that in the first 7 games the Pats were giving up the same yards per attempt as the NY Giants at 8.1 but in the last 6 games reduced to a reasonable 7.4 and a drop of over 3% in completion percentage. Third down D over the alst 6 games has given up a respectable 38.9% conversion rate! Better thanb the Jets and Giants for example.
The D is not yet where it needs to be but it is solid V the run, sound on third down, now reasonablly decent pass D as the pass rush is also getting better. And in all this there is a clear trend towards getting better and better. And a reason for that trend. They have a lot of young players, some new players and one or two players focusing on newer roles. In all of this they are getting up the learing curve as individuals and as a team. This is something many pundits dont seem to get. Perhaps because gettting better is a hallmark of a team like the Pats and not of teams like the Jets.
With Chandler Jones having missed some time recently (and yet the D improves) having him work back into the line up will make them better as well. And Cunningham coming back will not hurt. He adds depth which is not to be underrated. The Patriots were making the Houston D line gasp for air in the fourth quarter. Quality depth helps to avoid those problems.
I do agree that D is critical in winning championships. Even so it took injuries to their best O lineman and the league's best TE for the Giants to squeak out a win last year. And a miracle catch in 2007 to squeak out that game too.
A healthy Pats team is better than any other team in this league. If they are relatively healthy they will win it all. That is the only thing that ahs kept them from winning recently.