Re: This is the year
posted at 5/7/2012 9:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: This is the year
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: This is the year : Rusty lets hope we get the Brady from the Denver game and not most of the other playoff games since they beat the Panthers in SB38.. He's been great in the regular season but looking back on all of their playoff games since sb38 most of them have been average or even below average. Its odd that this has been happening and its become a trend. It was great to see him have that game against Denver but the following week against the Ravens was horrible. I'm not trying to bash him, I'm just pointing out what anyone can see by looking at all of those recent playoff games. Big drop off from the regular season.. Maybe the defenses that he faces are just that much better but I don't know.
Posted by sporter81[/QUOTE]
See, the thing is, I don't expect that. We don't need Brady in the Denver game to show up in the postseason. We just need the 2010 Brady to show up so when the game is close, the methodical Brady takes over like he did when he led the team to 3 SBs.
There seems to be this expectation from him and the offense, that at some point, the opposing D will collapse and NE will explode on offense. That CAN happen, but it's not that common. This is the problem with some of our fanbase. They fawn over him lighting up a bad D and then think that translates into how he'll be against good or great Ds.
The fact is, he's just like every other QB trying to throw 40+ times against good or great Ds: He's average or bad.
The fireworks almost always happens against bad Ds. Denver comes to mind in November and it comes to mind with the Skins game last year or the games they played against a slew of teams like KC, Indy, and Miami at home. Difference between a Dallas D and a Giants D and those teams? Giants and Dallas have good Ds. Those other teams I just listed either had injury problems or some kind of a major flaw on their teams that allowed our offense to take off at some point.
The problem for this offense is what to do, what identity to take on, when it's 17-15 in a SB and it's a low scoring, very physical situation. Passing our way out of it is an asbolute, unmitigated failure. And, if we don't establish a semblance of a run game in the 1st half of games like that? LOSS.
Al this team has to do is make sure they show and use run in the first half, even if it doesn't produce great results.
Go back and look at the games earlier in 2011 or the boatload of games in 2010 where it was close at halftime and then NE blew out the team in the second half. Most of those games featured BJGE and/or a dose of Woodhead running the ball with effectiveness early.