Re: Randy Moss returns to Foxboro. Play hard or quit?
posted at 12/12/2012 6:12 PM EST
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He was one my favorite Patriots. I expect him to have a good game and it should be a very close game. I would imagine that it will be a much closer game than the Texans game, which was also a very surprising outcome.
Patriots 31-17. (My prediction fot the the Houston game was Pat 38-24.)
LOL G.D you guys are full of yourselves. Yes, the Pats will put up 31 pts on the Niners D just like the, um, well......I guess no other team has put up over 30 on them this year. In fact, we completely dominated every other top 5 O we faced this yr. Please realize that even the Jags put up 38 points on the Texan D a couple weeks ago, so what happened Monday night - though impressive - was nothing new.
I see it more as S.F doing what we did to N.O. Pressure on Brady and our LBs cover your TEs. Our run game should move the ball on N.E effectively for most of the game, or at least by mid 3rd QTR.
The game will be good and I have no predictions other than that the 2 score blowouts people have overwhelmingly predicted here are ridiculous. Kinda reminds me of 2007 when informed of Plaxico Burress' prediction before the SB, Brady chuckled and said "We're only going to score 17 points (chuckle)...OK". Whether it's the Giants teaching you that lesson, the Ravens in 2009, or the Jets in 2010, you guys just don't learn LOL.
I think it will be a very tough game. But you really underrate the Pats run D. They have done a job on some teams and top RBs this year (holding Chris Johnson to 11 yards on 4 carries). THey are currently 8th in the league in run D and 6th in average gain on running plays. This is not as good statistically as SF but it has been pretty solid this year.
YOu also suggest doing what has not worked well for anyone - putting LBs on Hernandez - Gronk will be out so you are lucky there... I do think if they use a LB on Hernandez it will not go well for that part of the D.
The key to SF winning is that they have to not just sack Brady a few times they have to pressure him frequently. Smith will likely have to be a big part of that. But as with Watt (16.5 sacks going into last weeks game and held to zero) BB will likely use a scheme to slow Smith down.
So I do think this game is up for grabs and it is a real test for both teams. I favor the Patriots because (1) they are at home (2) they O is not only easily the most prolific in the league but their running game is strong - 7th in the league - and has been able to make a difference. While their running O is not as good statistically as SF their passing game is so far ahead that it is not much of a comparison. It is in fact the real difficulty of defending BRady and his passing weapons and also being able to stop the run that makes it near impossible to shut down this offense for more than a few series.
If SF can pressure Brady all day it will change things unless they have to give up on the run D to do so - the Patriots will take advantage in that scenario. In the end the big question will be just how well can SF play offense against an improved D which has done a good job of taking away an opponents strength, on the road and in cool if not cold weather. I think the game will be anyones to win but I suspect that the Patriots will make it a two score lead (9-14 points) some time in the fourth quarter.
That's a fair analysis. The Pat's D has improved and BB is a defensive genius, so his plan alone can mask any deficiencies. I'm sure he'll have something in store for Kaep. I don't think our LBs will "blanket" Hernandez et al, but they will make it far tougher than any D the Pats have faced. No other team has speed at the LB position like this.
Brady is a great player and I enjoy watching him play. We will see what happens.