Re: Not happy about the result....
posted at 1/10/2012 7:36 PM EST
In Response to Not happy about the result....
[QUOTE]I'm not going to lie, I was pulling hard for the Steelers today. I really think that from a matchup standpoint they were an easier 'out' for New England. Just a few things that I noted: They have smaller, more finesse receivers compared to Denver's. Denver has bigger, more physical receivers, who tend to give the Pats' DB's fits. Denver also has a more unorthodox offense, one that I could see giving the young Patriots' defense some issues. Tebow, as of now, is a better QB than Roethlisberger, purely given their health. Tebow's improvising ability scares me, and the Patriots' pass-rush will have to be disciplined but also aggressive. A number of other things, the Patriots always struggle against Denver, especially in the playoffs. Now I know that this game is in New England, and that does give me more confidence, but it's still something to note. Another thing to note is that we already beat Denver. It seems like the Pats have recently struggled against opponents that they beat earlier in the season. It was the case in 2009, when they beat the Ravens and then lost in the playoffs, and then in 2010, when they split with the Jets, and then lost in the playoffs to them. Overall, I'd much rather have faced Pitt than Denver, but it is what it is. Obviously the dominating win earlier in the season has to provide some confidence, and having McDaniels on our sideline, a guy familiar with Denver is also beneficial. I still have full confidence we'll win, but I wanted to get this off my chest.s
Posted by vertigho[/QUOTE]
Interesting take Vertigho. Nice post. However, I got to respectfully disagree on several points. My parents are visiting us from Maine and I remember remarking to my father that I thought Denver was a better matchup for the Pats. Here is why:
While I agree that Denver's WR's are more physical, I think the speed of Wallace and route running of Ward create more matchup problems for a suspect NE defense. Even though DMC has struggled all year, I think he is better fit against physical receivers than speedsters (assuming he plays CB and not safety).
Big Ben, as much as I don't like him, is a proven playoff QB. While he hasn't been successful at times, you can't argue that he is a 2 time SB champion. Another thing, I don't think his ankle is nearly as bad as it was being made out to be....either that or he got some really good painkillers that we all wish we could have prescribed.....cause it didn't look like he was feeling pain in the second half. Yeah, I realize the 3 man Denver pass rush was giving him more opportunity to step up in the pocket, but he looked way more mobile than he did in the first half. His experience outweighs Tebow's athlectism IMO.
James Harrison scares me more than Von Miller. I think Miller had a tremendous year, better than Harrison.....but there is something about Harrison that I think causes the Pats fits more than Dumerville and Miller. I can't stand this thug either, but he makes plays and again his experience outweighs Millers.
Also remember that Ryan Clark didn't play in the Denver game. He makes the Steeler defense better with him than without him.
I definately agree with you about beating a team twice. Probably one of the toughest things to do in the NFL, especially when one of those games are a playoff game. I've long maintained that if the Pats had not played the Giants in the regular season in 2007, we would have witnessed an undefeated season because I don't see the Giants beating us in the SB.
All in all, it is probably six of one, half a dozen of the other. But it does make for a great forum debate.
Thanks for your post.