Re: Is this the forum for the blind Patriots fans?
posted at 12/24/2012 10:57 AM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Which gets back to Triple's point, Rusty, which I was agreeing with--the health of the defense makes a huge difference. With Talib and Dennard we are competitive against Manning. Without them, I think we struggle.
Agree. I agree with that. It's pretty clear Dennard is impressive for a rookie (keep in mind I had him on my draft wishlist as a 2nd rd choice talking about maybe him being a Safety if McCourty was to stay at CB).
I am just saying, in general, you act like Denver is some juggernaut and they aren't. Very good team who has been hot for a while, but against subpar competition. I actually think NE getting Houston and SF late in the year is a character builder where we havent seen that in recent years.
If I am a Denver fan I am crapping myself hoping NE doesn't come into Mile High. I saw Dungy all giddy last night thinking Denver hosting NE is some kind of a gimme for Denver, which made me laugh.
I don't think they're a juggernaut and agree about poor competition for the most part. But they're still second in the league in points per game, fourth in yards per game, third in first downs, etc. Even against poor competition, those stats suggest a pretty decent offense, and from what I've seen of their recent games, Manning and his receivers seem to have better timing than they did earlier in the season. With Talib and Dennard in, I think we can compete well. Without them, I think we're vulnerable to big plays in the passing game.
Denver's defense is also fifth best in points given up and third best in yards given up. Again, stats are inflated because of weak competition (especially against inept offenses like KC), but it's still at least a respectably good defense.