posted at 1/23/2013 7:33 PM EST
In response to NoMorePensionLooting's comment:
You can't ask an average D to hang tough while your O is on the field pizzing themselves. Sooner of later the D wears down and is overcome.
Patriots lost the game by half time. The should have had 3 TD MINIMUM. Failure to do so allows a team to stay in a game that they have no business being in. You don't knock out a fighter when you have the chance that fighter will end up knocking you out. Football is the same way.
The O pizzed their pants and cried for Momma Sunday night. It's a disservice to football fans to deny it and make excuses. Don't be an enabler.
Really? The Raven D was average, old, injured and no body in this universe EXPECTED
them to hold the Pats to 14. NOBODY!
Surpris, surprise! They did!
The Pats D sucked and instead of helping, they dug foxholes. Sucked!
What are their two strengths? Turn overs. NoT one, AGAIN! It's very apparent they get their turn overs off the O's backs, when they are ahead and the other teams throw too much. Very apparent. How often do they get them in close games? Zilch They average 2.5 a game during the RS and many of them in the RZ. Imagine the point swing if they had played their average, 7-17 points. That's right, the D could have helped the Pats gain 7-17 points if they just played their average. AGAIN, NOTHING!!!! No help there!
NEWSFLASH: Teams don't normally bat 1000 in the RZ UNLESS they are playing the dung heap defenses of the NFL!
Their other strength. RZ D, Allowing more three's than 7's in the RZ. Where the F was that? Not one stop not one FG, nothing! Lemme see... how about instead of TD's on 4 of 4 drives they held them to FG's (YOU know like they normally do) How about 2 fg's and 1 td and 1 stop. Different game isn't it.
Do the math, 4 x's 3 = 12. Yes if they played to their strength they could have allowed 12 points.
2 fg's, 1 Td and 1 stop = 13. Good enough to win isn't it?
Then there was the FACT that the old, tired, injured, ravens D, DID just that and the vaunted D, not playing to any of their strengths did not.
It's a disservice to Pats fans to ignore THIS and make excuses. Don't be an enabler!
Stop EXPECTING the O to win game after game after game. That's the freakin OPPOSITE of the way it should be. It takes a whole team to beat a whole team.
This half crap isn't cutting it.