Re: Pre-Game discussion: Patriots at Broncos
posted at 10/11/2009 11:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Pre-Game discussion: Patriots at Broncos
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Pre-Game discussion: Patriots at Broncos : Do you think he knows much of anything about football other than dissing the Pats? He always has an excuse to downplay Patriot victories and always talks up the other team as the one that will heap a lot of whoopa** on them. I do not recall him ever posting a lucid, football related, post.
Posted by agcsbill[/QUOTE]
Agcsbill: I read ya' loud and clear. I'm confident the Pats will win today if they can shore up those areas that I (and alot of other fans) think have hurt them so far this year. Such as:
- Third down defense: although we've been "bending" and not "breaking," our third down defense is pretty poor. I think the Ravens were 6 for 9 (or something close to that) including a third and goal from the 20. They converted and I've been noticing that third and longish (8, 9, 10 yards) have been given up all too frequently by our boys in blue. Manning and Indy, NO, and company will hand us our buttocks if we don't get better.....and soon!
- Kick return: We've let teams (see Jets highlights) very good field position both on kickoffs and punt returns. Conversely, our return team has been very mediocre.
- Punting/field position: IMHO our punter stinks. I've lost count (but I remember two specific cases last week), of how many times we punted from the 35-50-ish yard line and our punter sails it right into the end zone, netting us far too few yards net. "Coffin corner?" Our punter's never heard of it.
- Pass rush: we can pressure the QB, but not so well with our D-line. Ergo, we need LB help to pressure, exposing our secondary and that's probably why we're vulnerable on 3rd down. I really can't see us beating the best teams (Indy, NO, etc.) with this lame as pass rush. I realize injuries have hurt us in this department, but as BB says, "it is what it is."
I'd like to see some improvements in these areas, and a nice win over Denver (I know they're undefeated, but they've not played a great team and the more I see of Dallas, the less impressed I am) - may pay dividends at playoff-seeding time.