Re: Patriot State of the Union
posted at 10/9/2012 11:23 PM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
For all the moaners...
NEW ENGLAND OFFENSE:
Ranked #1 in PPG and total points scored
#1 yards per game
#1 in 1st downs per game
Tied for 1st in 3rd downs made, 4th in 3rd down %
#1 in rushing attempts per game
8th rushing average (4.3 YPC)
#1 in rushing TD's (10)
#1 in rushing 1st downs
Tied for 4th in rushes over 20+ yards
9th in time of possesion
9th in Passing yards
Tommy is ranked 6th in passing %
6th most passing yards
Tied for 5th in average yards per pass
Tied for 6th in passing TD's
Tied at #1 for only one INT thrown
#3 for passing first downs
Tied at 7th for fewest sacks allowed
Tommy ranked 4th with a 102.8 passer rating
4th fewest for team fumbles
+10 on turnovers
21st in penalties
10 rushing TD's and 8 passing TD's; I'd call that balance. In short we're the best offensive team in the NFL, but to listen to the meatballs here we have the worst O Line ever.
NEW ENGLAND DEFENSE:
Ranked 15th in PPG allowed
21st yards per game
Ranked 24th in 3rd down %
Tied at 8th for penalties
7th in defensive time of possesion
#2 forced fumbles
#1 fumbles recovered
#3 rushing average
8th in rushing yards per game
Tied for 3rd in fewest rushing TD's allowed
Tied for 5th in INT's
Tied for 19th in fewest sacks
25th in passing %
30th passing yards allowed
I don't want to hear how bad our defensive backfield is anymore, if you're saying it, you don't know squat about complimentary football. We don't rush the passer, are ranked 19th in sacks and yet we're one of the best at intercepting passes and causing fumbles.
In short "bend don't break," we give up a lot of yards but we cause fumbles and INT's at a high rate. BB uses a situational defense in the regular season, if the game is on the line he'll make every effort to stop the opposing team, otherwise he doesn't care about stats or your fantasy football team's defense. He minimizes the big play and knows that his offense will outscore yours. Expect that when the playoff's begin the defense will stiffen, just like previous years and they'll play at championship form. All the moaners and Nancies should go root for the Browns, at least then they would have something to complain about.
Guess I have a new appreciation of the same old "bend but don't break" as you state it. Guess they failed to pay any attention to the "don't break" part starting with the 2007 SB.
Sorry, but the onkly stat I really care ab out is the one showing who won the last game of each NFL season. It's interesting to see how many of us have become stat hogs, a la Colt Mannimg days.... all stats, hasn't won a darn thing, not legit. Sound familiar since 2007?
Keep up the good stat gathering, especially what the last 3 QB's have done to the vaunted Pats D. No wonder they rank high in rushing yds allowed... they are getting gashed by 360 YPG via the air!!! No sacks do not equal INT's and forced fumbles. Only GREAT defenses ('86 Bears, 2000 Ravens, etc) lived to force their will on opposing offenses. Sorry, this Pats edition strikes absolutely no fear in any opposing offense. To them, no sacks = more QB time to throw the ball, and they do for an AVG of 360 YPG. Did you feel all warm and fuzzy seeing an "old, broken down, he'll never be the same again, can't throw the ball deep anymore" Manning last Sunday? Only 2 sacks and 340+ myards and 3 TD's. So much for your theory. A good NFL QB will and has been picking this defense apart.
Whatchya gonna say when, as the year progresses, they come up against the better NFL coaches (Seattle/Carroll, Rams/Fisher, Texans, and 49'ers)? All four teams have the ab ility to field QB's that could go for 300+ yards, and solid coaching to stop the Pats offense? Save the "stop crying" drivel. We'll talk about it after the season's over AND the Pats start reducing passing YPG to under 250 and less than 2 TD's per game.