Re: Patriot D
posted at 9/19/2012 3:17 PM EDT
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
In response to leatherhelmet's comment:
......Now if we can only get Joshy Boy to realize this and pound Ridley and save Brady from getting killed til this line settles..............
[/QUOTE] Weren't they doing that until they got behind 20-9?
Get ready for this Pezzy, the offense, particularly Brady missing guys and some strange 3rd down calls by McD were responsible for the 20-9 deficit. INT in front of your own end zone, bad field position due to to 4 incompletions to Lloyd in a row and then going 3 and out in front on your own endzone for Mesko's 1st punt block of his career all lead to the majority of the Cards points. It looked like defense was would have let up 13, maybe 16 if not for the punt block.
D played well. Third down long runs were not effective. Brady threw 12 times in the first half compared to 17 runs. That is not balanced, Inspite of all those runs, Brady was getting killed so that didn't help in protection, either. 40/60% pass/runs is way too much for the first half.
Balance is fine but that was not balanced. Missed passes didn't help but as the pre-season and pretty much all NFL games showed, you don't score points when you run more than pass.
The second half (4th) was more passes due to being behind. Don't teams pass more when they are behind? This is not rocket science. The first half was way out of whack and it showed. How does your QB get hot when he's throwing once a series with no protection?
He wasn't harrassed as much when he spread them and finally moved the ball. Too little too late.