Re: Massive Step Back For Patriots Defense
posted at 9/24/2012 10:43 PM EDT
In response to chowdakid's comment:
[QUOTE]First off, I want to start off by saying I wonder who had the officials on thier fantasy team. because they racked up quite a few points...
Anyhow, that said the Patriots defense did take a massive step backwards after last nights game. If New England fans ever were puzzled on why the Patriots have not won the big game in a while, they were reminded of why once again last night. Yes I do realize that the defense is young and will take time, but time is not on Brady's side, his mortality is beginning to show itself a little at a time, its to a point where he just can't win every game for you by himself, which again was re-affirmed last night.
Last night on defense I gave the Patriots three keys to accomplish if they were to be victorious. 1. tackling, 2. containing the running game, and 3. pressuring the quarterback, lets see now, nearly 400 yards passing, and a little over 110 yards rushing, for a grand total of just over 500 yards of total offense given up. In the arena league those numbers probably are not that bad but in the NFL that performance usually leaves your team at 1-2 out of the gate...
I don't expect the defense to stop everything, that is not reality, but you need to take something away correct? Oh and I'm not giving the offense a total pass here either, afterall when crunch time came and the chance to salt the game was present the offense failed to close the deal which lately has been another flaw to this team the past few seasons. A running that was very inconsistent combined with an offense that may just be the worse in the league.
Finally I'm wondering how many Pats fans still think this is an easy schedule, eh? anybody? My god its awfully quiet in here all of the sudden...
AS OF RIGHT NOW THE PATRIOTS ARE SERIOUSLY STARING AT A 1-3 START, PLEASE BUFFALO IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, IF THEY SHOULD FALL TO 1-3, MY GUT FEELING IS THIS TEAM MAY NOT REACH 11 WINS WHICH I BELIEVE WILL BE THE MINIMUM AMOUNT NEEDED TO BE A PLAYOFF-TEAM THIS SEASON...
God haven't we seen this before? Oh yeah the Redsox can tell you how this might finish.............................
Yes, we have seen this before.
2001 started 1-3 finished 11-5
2002 started 3-4 finished 9-7
2003 started 2-2 finished 14-2
2004 started 6-1 finished 14-2
2005 started 6-5 finished 10-6
2006 started 6-3 finished 12-4
2007 started 0-0 finished 16-0
2008 started 3-2 finished 11-5
2009 started 3-2 finished 10-6
2010 started 1-1 finished 14-2
2011 started 5-3 finished 13-3
Belichick teams generally start slow but finish strong. But you already knew that.