Re: Baltimore's New Defense.
posted at 1/15/2013 1:31 PM EST
In response to dapats1281's comment:
In response to neinmd's comment:
I don't understand why this always becomes a religious argument. But since some of us seem enamored with statistics, here are some for the Patriots run offense to chew on:
Year Rush att Rush yards Average YPG Rush 1st downs
2012 523 2184 4.2 136.5 151
2011 438 1764 4.0 110.3 107
2010 454 1973 4.3 123.3 119
2009 466 1921 4.1 120.1 114
2008 513 2278 4.4 142.4 145 (Matt Cassell QB)
2007 451 1849 4.1 115.6 124
2006 499 1969 3.9 123.1 121
2005 439 1512 3.4 94.5 101
2004 524 2134 4.1 133.4 120
These are the facts, the only years when this team rushed more than 500 times were 2004, 2008 and 2012. 2008 was Matt Cassell's year and Bill was not about to bet the team's fortunes on just his arm. 2004 and 2012 are almost identical in terms of rushing statistics. Maybe we will be lucky enough to get the same results!!!
No connotative commentary, just wanted to share these stats. I feel good about our chances this year because we have a great passing offense, a pretty decent rushing offense, a strong rushing defense, and a middling but improving pass defense. We are still a little vulnerable to long passes but that has also improved through the year. I think we are about as well-rounded a team as there is in the league, except we have an HOF QB as well.
Do you by any chance have splits for this? I feel like the stats can be skewed a bit because of the fact that the Pats get so many big leads. Running the ball in a 10 point game is different from running when you have a 20+ point lead in the fourth quarter.
2004 is still the best rushing attack this team has had and I don't think it's close. That 2004 team could probably run it down a teams throat 10 straight times for a Td drive.
I do think Ridley can have success in this game. Hopefully he just holds onto the ball.
I can look for those stats but don't have them readily available. Here is a comparison of Dillon versus Ridley
Yards Average 20+ yards 1st downs
Ridley 1263 4.4 6 82
Dillon 1635 4.7 8 81
To your point, Dillon was a stud, and much better than Ridley but the 2012 rushing offense has much more balance than 2004. Ridley represented 58% of the rush offense, Dillon 77%. Kevin Faulk was the only back that had over 250 yards in 2004; Woodhead, Bolden and Vereen all have over 250 yards each in 2012.