Re: This defense looks like the best Pats "D" in a few seasons....
posted at 10/4/2009 5:08 PM EDT
In Response to Re: This defense looks like the best Pats "D" in a few seasons....
[QUOTE]Two sacks. Six PDs. And one big INT. I would like to know what the playmaker people think now. And no this isn't a baiting post at all. I want an honest opinion, and some more good discussion about the nature of stats, and whether they can mislead. This weak NE's defense thrived on the big play. But they gave up more yardage, and it was nip and tuck the entire way. Given your choice of those stats, or the relentless 3-out performance against Atlanta, which would you take? Why? Personally, I won't get down on them, because bottom line, they only allowed 14 points, again. But their 3rd down conversion rate wasn't very good, and the opposing offense got over 300 yards.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
The Pats definitely didn't put their best foot forward on 3rd downs, but I leave this game very encouraged as a fan. Meriweather was flying all over the field. Butler saved a touchdown and showed tight coverage. He's now my leader in the very fickle Favorite Rookie Pat contest. McGowan was an absolute gem of a find. The secondary is light years ahead of last year. That's going to give BB more confidence to unleash the dogs up front and the sacks will come.
How about Guyton? Several deflections, big stop on the 4th down play. Mike Wright played very well aside from the brain cramp shot to the face. Wilfork? The stats don't ever show what he does.
The plan was to take away the run and they got gouged by Mason, had to adjust and did. There was ample pressure on Flacco, not many sacks, but lots of hits and moving him off the spot.
For those who expect the Pats to pitch shutouts to playoff teams like Baltimore and ATL, that's just unrealistic. While this was a bit too close for comfort thanks to the strip sack TD, I'll take a D effort like this every week and see you all in February.