How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from ma6dragon9. Show ma6dragon9's posts

    How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    How to win:

    1) Control Ngata! This guy is a beast, he can disrupt both the running and passing games, and he plays on the inside. Mankins may be out, which would make this job even harder. Controlling Ngata will give Brady the time he needs, and will give Ridley the space he needs.

    2) Balance is everything. This Raven D may be getting a little old, but they are extremely smart and opportunistic. Don't get too one-dimensional, or you'll just be begging Reed to pick one (or two) off. Their pass rush doesn't need the help of abandoning the run either.

    3) Don't let Flacco get comfortable. I'm in the minority, I think Flacco is a good QB, but he can be incredibly inconsistent. Commit to getting to him early, make him uncomfortable. And for the love of God, when he breaks contain, don't turn a 5 yard pass into a 26 yard pass, into a 41 yard play with a penalty, as happened with Heap last week.

    How they would lose:

    1) Lose the turnover battle. If the Pats have an early turnover and go down by a TD quickly...I could see one TO turning into two very quickly, and then turn around and see four giveaways. Do NOT fall into that quicksand. Ball security will be extremely important today, and may be the deciding factor.

    2) Flacco goes wacco! People remember Rice ripping 80 yards up the gut, but I don't fear him today. Mayo/Spikes/Hightower/Wilfork ought to be able to contain him. If you let Flacco get going, between Smith and Boldin, it could remind us all of the pain we suffered through at times with this secondary last year. Chandler Jones, I hope you were inspired by your brother's performance last night, we need you, and the rest of the pass rush, to have a very good game.

    3) Undisciplined football. They're going into a hostile environment in Primetime, against a team with a few scores to settle; last year's playoff loss, and notching their first regular season win against Brady. Turnovers and penalties could come fast and furious if they aren't careful. Coaching was a downer last week at times, I don't expect them to make that same mistake two weeks in a row, but stranger things have happened. All players need to stay focused all game, regardless of the environment.

    Prediction:

    24-17, Pats win in a very physical, though clean game. Brady has a pedestrian 250 yards and a TD, Ridley toughs out 100-115 yards on 25 carries, punching 2 into the endzone, and impresses on short yardage all day.

     
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    Re: How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    How they will win...

    1. Pats run the ball and set up play action passes. Vareen shows up in the game and his speed shows up big on screens and tosses. Gronk, Welker and Lloyd have timely third down catches that extend drives and score points.

    2. The offensive line doesn't have to spend the night in a lot of obvious passing downs and the ball is coming out quickly. There are no false starts or holding penalties that kill drives.

    3. The defense plays well together as a unit and the Ravens are trailing in the game allowing them to pin their ears back and get after Flacco. Chandler Jones continues to be a terror coming off his side, and Nincovich gets sacks from the other. Blitzes are timed perfectly and Spikes gets in there for a strip sack. Flacco tosses the ball up for grabs at least once.

     

    How they lose...

    1. Ridley's inexperience shows and he has trouble picking the right hole quick enough, allowing the Ravens suspect run D to tackle him at, or behind the line of scrmmage...putting the Patriots in unmanagable 3rd and longs. The Patriots interior of their offensive line gets man handled by the Raven's nose tackle, causing no place for Brady to step up when Solder and Cannon get beat.

    2. Losing Deaderick for tonight's game weakens the defensive line - allowing Ray Rice to get his game going...extending drives and allowing the Ravens to be balanced.  The inexperience and youth of this team have a hard time facing adversity in a nationally telivised game on the road and make way too many mental errors.

    3. The secondary faces their first test aganst a quarterback that has experience and a very good arm - some of the things we thought were gone (gaps a mile long in zone defense, guys not turning around for the ball, safeties that arrive too late, missed tackles) return. 

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from ma6dragon9. Show ma6dragon9's posts

    Re: How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    Shameless self-bump!

    Interested to get other's opinions before the game starts, see who gets it right.

     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from TheExaminer. Show TheExaminer's posts

    Re: How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    The Pats will win by out scoring the Ravens, and will lose if the Ravens out score them. This is the kind of bold commentary this board has been lacking.

     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from ma6dragon9. Show ma6dragon9's posts

    Re: How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    In response to TheExaminer's comment:
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    The Pats will win by out scoring the Ravens, and will lose if the Ravens out score them. This is the kind of bold commentary this board has been lacking.

     

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    Whoa there buddy. Statements like that leave you open to ALL kinds of Monday Morning QBing!

    You'll really have egg on your face when it ends in a tie.

     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from ccnsd. Show ccnsd's posts

    Re: How the Pats will Win/How the Pats will Lose

    I saw somewhere that passing on 1st and 10 against the Ravens has been extremely effective this year (probably was Reiss on ESPN). The Ravens have been relatively stout against the run but their linebackers just can't cover (Hernandez could have been a beast).

     

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