Re: Patriots-Saints Matchup
posted at 10/9/2013 9:05 AM EDT
In response to anonymis' comment:
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
Think this is the type of team the Patriots can beat.
It is possible running on offense might be very productive right from the beginning. In that case the call has to be made whether to primarily run the ball, Question : can the Patriots sustain drives with primarily run? If so they really need to do that as much as possible. Only when the Saints cheat like crazy to stop the run do you open up the pass.
Even as good as the defense is, it will likely allow 28-35 points or more if the Patriots run their normal offense and the Saints get the ball enough to warm up and get in rythm. IF the Pats can eat up time and give NO long periods between possesions I can see this D keeping them under 20.
If the Patriots can run and can eat up clock AND score..the Saints will lose.
I think the only thing in the way is JMcD's willingness to stick to the run. IF the Patriots have a lead in the 4th and Blount comes in to finish up he will feel like a sledgehammer to the tired NO run defense.
I see the Patriots being blown out if they try to make it a shootout.
The Saints are a different team than Bengals - and pose different challenges. If our D can keep the game close - then we've got a good chance. Like you said, the running game has to be on - limit the number of possessions but the offense has to score on our own possessions.
NE is going to have to run tremendously effectively to win this.
The game is on the offensive line and the backs, really.
If they are forced to sit back and throw, and they give Brees and his weapons a ton of opportunities, they will not win.
NOLA has a Rob Ryan defense that isn't stout, but is downhill and fast. Run at them, run over them, cool their heals, then connect in the seams.
Also .... pray Gronk is good to go.