Re: Do Teams Fear The Patriots Defense?
posted at 11/23/2012 8:34 PM EST
In response to ronk1's comment:
I still think that teams are salivating at going at this defense, but of course afraid of the offense. Most teams see turnovers as "mistakes" 80% of the time, and most teams feel they can control mistakes. The circus against the Jets was the Jets playing dumb ball football for the most part, led by a dumb bell coach that has tolerated stupid mistakes from day 1
If an opponent believes in "What, Me Worry?", that's their prerogative. The Patriots got off to a 35-3 first half because:
On the Jets' first drive Hightower sacked the Sanchize and then the Jets punted after three plays.
On their second drive the Sanchize had an uncomfortable feeling and tossed the ball away to Steve Gregory.
On their third drive the New England defense stuffed New York on 4 downs. The subsequent fumble on fourth down was interesting but it didn't particularly help New York.
On their fourth drive there was a lineman bearing down on the Sanchize. It was his own guy being thrown back onto him. The Sanchize fumbled, and the defense scored a touchdown.
The fifth drive was canceled before it started when a Patriots helmet came between McKnight and his personal football.
On the sixth drive the Sanchize was sacked and they had to punt again.
On the seventh drive the Jets converted a fourth down, but then the Patriots' defense helped them fumble away all of the remaining seconds in the half, so they kicked a field goal on second down. By this time, the entire home crowd was either booing or leaving early.
Now, I'll grant you that the Jets are 27th in pass offense and 15th in running offense, no great shakes, but seven times in a row Patriots defenders were helping these guys look like utter fools. A great deal of this game was good defense.