Re: can the Pats power run all the way to a championship
posted at 12/28/2013 10:02 AM EST
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
If we agree to not get giddy over one game (last week) has anyone seen the consistancy from the OL the entire year to lead us to believe they can run at will in the playoffs?
I actually thought the key to the run game success last week was due to the Ravens playing pass first, with Suggs and Ngata coming upfield and leaving lanes open. The Ravens also did a good job putting their LB's in that mid field area taking away the quick slants TB loves.
All this simply opened up the run game...
I presume BB will have this team prepared to do anything needed in any game, pass heavy, run heavy or balance, with TB able to execute what ever BB wants. This flexibility ImO has been the key to the pats success.
What defense doesn't play the pass first against us?
On a quick review of film, it did seem like the Ravens were playing a little soft, keeping their safeties back and not attacking the LOS very aggressively with their LBs. The big difference I saw, though, was that the Pats O line and TEs/FBs were doing a good job of opening holes and the Ravens D line was doing a bad job of closing them. The Ravens' D line was getting pushed laterally very effectively, and it was leaving big cutback lanes open.
When I looked at similar runs in the Dolphins' and Browns' games, those defenses were just doing a much better job clogging up the holes (or maybe our blockers weren't doing as good a job).
We ran the ball 34 times...more than we passed...I can't remember the last time that happened. Of course Bal thought they would feast on Brady and had no clue what to do about Blount.
I believe we were perfect in red zone offense and that was due to the run. When is the last time that happened?
I hate theories....I could give a rats azz whether we think the PATS can rally this team to NJ with a running game or not...it's time we actually found out.
Until Blount stops running over folks I'm not interested in what he can't do.
You watch how Blount grins at people after he runs them over....Blount has what this team needs....he's one tough SOB who enjoys contact.
What do teams do now when they line up against us thinking "darn, the Pats can run it if they want to"
Until Ridley, Bolden and Blount are stopped I have zero intrest in debate in shoulda, woulda...coulda....I want them running the ball...