Re: Look who is the #7 Defense vs the Run !!!
posted at 10/29/2012 3:05 PM EDT
In response to Neal Page's comment:
It's not a mystery, FranBhm. Once you take out either approach (run or pass), it's easier to defend. It's why our offense fell asleep for 3 qtrs forgetting to run or establish it early in those games.
We also did this in Baltimore, which is why it was easier for Baltimore to get back in that game. Their poorous secondary actually looked good against our fading one dimenisonal offense (by choice) faded in the second half.
Are these concepts realy that hard to understand? Also, being "ranked" 28th in passing yards does nothing more than tell us that this is a passing league. All I care about is points or red zone points.
Make them kick FGs, get some turnovers, and we win.
Note how, outside of eeking out the win last week, in every loss this year, we never established a run in the first half and made it easy on the D our offense faced.
Also, in those games, the D was outstanding for 3.5 qtrs or good in 3.5 qtrs allowing 10-14 points in those games, but the points that were scored came very late in the game on phantom PI calls to make the home team look better or big plays the other team made downfield.
Imagine if we ran the ball earlier in the game? How can anyone dispute the difference with how our D looks, how Brady looks, how the O Line looks, etc, when we establish a run in the first half?
Keep it simple and don't over-manage the offensive personnel.
I think it is a mystery why teams run some much against the Patriots. The Pats are so much better against the run (literally first in the NFL in terms of yards per attempt while being 28th in terms of yards per pass attempt).
I think that Jets (45% runs) and Rams (42% runs) were both hurt by how much they ran the ball. When a team is significantly better versus the run, you should be throwing closer to 70% of the time. Something like the Steelers game plan versus the Patriots last year. Throw the ball, but eat up clock. Don't run right at the best players on the Patriots defense.
One more note, why do people think the Patriots Red Zone defense is so good? They are 19th in the NFL in terms of Red Zone TD percentage allowed. They are not holding teams to field goals... no matter how much people keep saying it.