Re: My Thoughts On The Game
posted at 12/2/2013 4:23 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead's comment:
Great job by the offense in the second half. I will get to the negatives later. Brady was great, the playcalling was much better and Blount is really chipping in well to help run the ball, as is Vereen. Nice job to attack them off the edges with the pass and to keep running. Houston has never matched up well. Not sure why this was so confusing in the first half.
Gronk is Gronk. What can you say? Incredible player.
Edelman is emerging. It's many here's worst nightmare, but I kept trying to warn about it. Someone who works that hard will thrive with what skill set here. The punt returns and his ability on the perimeter make him an upgrade over Welker as he enters his prime.
Amendola is heating up a bit. Not shocking since he seems healthier and Gronk has returned. Good to see.
Will Svitek is impressing me. I felt it was a good FA pick up we'd hopefully never need, but nice job again. Overall, the whole O Line did well considering the talent of that front line in Houston.
Not much to brag about here as the Pats D played their worst game of the year. Not sure if it's a let down after two emotional night games, but no excuse. I will say, HOuston's O Line was holding on every running play to open those seams. Vellano and Jones were both held numerous times and could not disengage with tons of jersey.
I saw a few mental mistakes in coverage where zone was being played and it was man or vice versa. Not sure why that would be an issue now.
I was surprised BB stayed with the 3-4 when Houston was handling it. Nice job to get the sacks and INT on Keenum, but there I was surprised Andre Johnson wasn't bracketed more. Sort of odd. To me, it was Tate and Johnson, but each had good games.
The D dramatically improved in the second half, which is tied to the offense not allowing for such awful fields position to defend, but still, not a good game on D.
I will say, no playoff AFC D is any better than ours. We just miss key guys like Dennard where it can keep Arrington inside. I would rest Dennard until he's close to 100%. He now is the key to keeping Arrington inside where he needs to be to thrive.
Kudos to another INT from Logan Ryan. He's quietly emerging as the best CB in the draft in 2013 this year. Impressive work.
Offense: Slow start, playcalling, poor throws from Brady. Not sure why this is, but it keeps happening. Puts a lot of pressure on the D every week and it has to stop. We're cooked in the title game if that continues, obviously.
Defense: Breakdowns on pass D and the edge run D. Some of the edge run D was holding by the Houston O Line, but I also think it was scheme. I would have gone 4-3 wight Hightower weak side to help out the edges a bit vs the run. That's just what I saw.
Sopoaga is doing his thing down the middle, but the edge work was off. Needs to be better against power running teams if they are to use the 3-4. The gaps weren't plugged even with the edges set.
Starting to heat up! Nice game all around besides that opening kick off. Other than that, very nice job. Even Boyce looks to be comfortable taking kicks out, which is good.
I guess in the end, the positives are it appears we got out of there without any disastrous injuries. I cringed when I saw our schedule and cringed all day yesterday. I know Thompkins went down, but I think it may be just a contusion of some kind after landing hard. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. I was more concerned about ACLs on that illegal turf/should be illegal turf.
I'll say this about our offense...I'm very excited to see that they have been cutting their teeth against some tough defenses this year, as they gain experience as a unit. I am one who is in agreement about your opinions regarding the offense's performance in recent playoff seasons. I believe, however, that this year's schedule, as well as their early season issues with injuries will only make them stronger come playoff time. Sure, I would prefer if TB could be on fire for an entire game. But, short of that, I'll gladly take the second half performances that he is beginning to put together on a consistent basis.