In response to wozzy's comment:
The offense, special teams and the defense weren't executing early in the season, this happens, especially with young teams. I swear it's like you guys have never watched young players make mistakes, there was a time Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy were getting burned; they improved.
You all ask what is the effect of a run game compared to last year? How about Tom Brady working at peak efficiency. A run game is a QB's best friend, especailly the best play action QB in football.
How about last year defensively we averaged 15 ppg allowed, currently we're at 12 ppg, getting better, plus lead the league in turnovers, a sign of a well rested attacking defense.
Stubborn doesn't describe those in denial, we're substantially better off and to simply attribute it to Ridley (4.6 forty time?) being so talented and completely dismiss that the architect of the last record setting offense we had in 2007 being back has nothing to do with it, is plain silly.
Either meet us halfway or prepare to look more silly when this offense is held up for historical comparison at season's end?
Where do you get 12 and 15 ppg defensively? Try 21.4 and 23.o ppg, not much change despite being on the field 4 minutes less per game. They are also much worse in completions over 20 and have gotten worse in each of the past 4 years. Worse in sacks and allowing a higher QB rating per game. Read & weep!
The Patriots pass defense is among the worst in the league on throws deeper than 20 yards downfield. This is the fourth consecutive year that the completion percentage New England has allowed on those throws has risen. The Patriots allowed an NFL-worst 48.4 completion percentage on throws longer than 20 yards downfield last season, and have been even worse through eight weeks this year. Not surprisingly, the injury status of Patrick Chung has had a major impact on the teamâs performance. When Chung is on the field, the Patriots have allowed 7.6 yards per pass attempt, which would still rank 25th in the league. Bad becomes worse with Chung on the sidelines -- he has been out the last two weeks -- as the Patriots have allowed 9.7 yards per pass attempt. That average would rank dead last in the league by over a half-yard.
Is this the well rested D you speak of?
What did you think of TB being in shotgun 52% of the time last week with only 3 runs? (which is higher than their current 49% average)
What are the backs averaging in the 3 losses? You know the ones against the teams with the better D's? Looks like they didn't do so good. That will have to change come play-off time.
Over-all the O's stats have not changed from last year with the addition of the run at a higher %. being the only difference. The pass attempts thru week 8 are identical. The passing yards per game are almost identical. The 2011 points p/g are almost identical to this years 32.8.
Still trying to figure out what's gotten your chest puffed up so much. Do you know the O still reverts to the pass when they aren't running well? What's really changed besides the backs ypc due to having more talent in certain games?
Do you know teams still care more about stopping TB over Steven Ridley and probably will until TB's arm falls off? Truth, TB still passing as much as last year and would be more if they didn't pull him in the 4th last week.