Re: pats = same old problem - defense
posted at 9/19/2011 9:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: pats = same old problem - defense
[QUOTE]Notable observations from the Sunday schedule: Packers defense gave up 432 passing yards to Cam Newton. Allowed 23 points. Baltimore allowed 358 passing yards to Matt Hasselbeck. Titans scored 26 points. Oakland gave up 481 yards to the Bills, who scored 38 points. Vice versa, Bills made Jason Campbell look good with 323 passing yards. Raiders scored 35 points. Matt Ryan threw 4 TD's on the Eagles' dream team defense. Turner runs for 114 yards and 1 TD. Falcons win with 35 points. In comparison, we gave up 378 passing yards to Philip Rivers (i.e. not Hasselbeck, not Newton, not Campbell) and 21 points to the Chargers. Not to mention from last week: Steelers defense allow 35 points to the Ravens, Flacco throws for 3 TD, Ray Rice runs for 107 yards Brees throws for 419 yards against the Packers, Saints put up 34 points Tony Romo throws for 342 yards against the Jets, put up 24 points and probably would've had more if Romo doesn't self-destruct at every 2-minute warning Let's see some statistics on the Patriots defense: The Patriots are 15th in points allowed, ahead of the Eagles, Saints, Chargers, Packers, and Falcons (all Super Bowl contenders). The Patriots have 6 sacks, tying the Bears, Steelers, and Jets. The Ravens, Lions, Vikings, and Chargers all have 4 sacks (all know how to pressure QB). The Patriots are ranked 31st in passing yards allowed with 381 yards/game ahead of only the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed 400 passing yards/game. I might be reading this wrong, but it seems like our defense fits right up there with all the Super Bowl teams. Now, I know some of you will point out that it's only been two weeks and the stats may be skewed so they don't reflect true performance. Well, if that line of thinking is true, then why are we judging our defense based on the same period of time? But what do I know? Everyone else is probably right. After holding the Chargers to 21 points after a short week, it's time to panic and deem this defense incapable of stopping a pee wee team. Furthermore, let's ignore the turnovers, the goal line stops, and the situational football. Let's just look at how the Chargers moved the ball effectively through 5-yard checkdowns to Tolbert because God knows Belichick can't do anything to stop that. Forget gelling, we're doomed.
Posted by kevin13130[/QUOTE]
Good post highlighting what I said earlier, the days of dominating defense are over. The NFL wanted more exciting offense and that's what it got.
Belichick watches how the league is trending and jumps ahead of the curve by switching his traditional 3/4 defense to a 2/4/5 hybrid nickel. For those of us that enjoyed more traditional (balanced offense) football it isn't as fun but it is what it is, fantasy football has changed the way the real game is played... the market dictates how businesses are run in this day and age. $ talks