Re: A Good Article from NFL.com on Pats Offense's Tendancies
posted at 1/21/2012 10:19 AM EST
In Response to A Good Article from NFL.com on Pats Offense's Tendancies
[QUOTE]Can Ravens' stout D check Patriots' dynamic offense? http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8261caa2/article/can-ravens-stout-d-check-patriots-dynamic-offense?module=HP11_hot_topics
» Huddle, Brady under center (15 run, 5 pass): The 15 runs produced 50 yards and were predominantly used at the start of series. The five passes yielded three completions for 34 yards and a touchdown. Nate Solder reported tackle-eligible for one pass play as an extra blocker, and it resulted in a touchdown. » Huddle, Brady in shotgun (2 run, 8 pass): The two runs produced just eight yards, but this aspect of their offense has been used more extensively in past games. Because of that, Lewis can't make a pass-defense check every time. Brady completed seven of his eight passes for 79 yards. » No huddle, Brady under center (11 run, 3 pass): The Patriots really stressed the Broncos with this package by putting Aaron Hernandez in the backfield as a running back and handing him the ball four times for 56 yards. Belichick knows this package creates significant matchup problems for any defense, and if the Ravens make a run check to Hernandez in the backfield, expect Brady to drop back and get Hernandez out on Lewis. » No huddle, Brady in shotgun (1 run, 19 pass): This is the most dangerous package the Patriots present right now. Lewis may know it is a passing set, but he also is going to watch a cut-up of this package that's going to have 12 completions for 154 yards and four touchdowns. Pretty imposing stuff. If you look at the Patriots' offense in a simpler form, grouping all the shotgun snaps together, you get a big pass tip: 3 run, 27 pass. Ironically, that may be exactly what Belichick and Brady want you to think. Thus, look for early run plays from shotgun! Likewise, the Pats have been run-dominant with Brady under center (26 run, 8 pass), so get ready for Brady to break that run tendency with early passes from these sets. There's more, Go Patriots
Posted by DavidSeattle[/QUOTE]
Offensive tendencies, by their very title, can't be seen in one game.
There was so much about that game that was anomalous. The regular game plan was more pass heavy than any we've seen in a while at 60% (32-22 before they came out in heavy sets to kill the clock). They ran about 50% shotgun, and 50% spread.
It heavily skews the numbers. And it certainly doesn't show a "tendency," because when Baltimore looks at the film from the preceding 16 games, they will se a very, very different tendency.
It is nice, however, to drop a bomb on Denver that way, because now Baltimore has all that footage of NE playing this way to think about.