Re: Patriots @ Dolphins REPORT CARD
posted at 9/13/2011 8:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots @ Dolphins REPORT CARD
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Patriots @ Dolphins REPORT CARD : Kinda like the Patriots. Who twice in the forth quarter with with 14 point leads continued to throw the ball and went 3 and out...eating up a grand total of 2 minutes...
Posted by Beantowne[/QUOTE]
With regards to those two 4th quarter "3 and outs" with a 14 point lead, how does that demonstrate that the Patriots lack a running game? Here's a play by play breakdown of both "3 and outs":
1.) The Patriots were leading, 31-17, with 9:49 to play, when they got the ball on their own 40 yard line. Here are the plays they ran:
|1st and 10 at NE 40||T.Brady pass incomplete deep left to M.Slater.|| || |
|2nd and 10 at NE 40||(Shotgun) D.Woodhead up the middle to NE 44 for 4 yards (K.Dansby).|| || |
|3rd and 6 at NE 44||(Shotgun) T.Brady pass incomplete short right to C.Ochocinco [K.Langford].|| || |
|4th and 6 at NE 44||(Punt formation) Z.Mesko punts 39 yards to MIA 17|
As we both know, Brady was shredding the 'Fins' secondary throughout the game. There was a ton of time left in the game, and the Patriots were trying to score again...not to cautiously run out the clock. On first down, Matthew Slater dropped a perfectly thrown 40-plus yard heave from Brady. Had he caught that ball as he should, the Pats would have scored another TD.
If you wish to complain about the play calling, fine. But, how does this drive demonstrate that the Pats' have no running game?
2.) The Patriots were leading, 38-24, with 3:39 left to play...and had a first down at the Miami 47. Here are the plays they ran:
|1st and 10 at MIA 47||B.Green-Ellis right tackle to MIA 44 for 3 yards (R.Jones; Y.Bell).|| || |
|2nd and 7 at MIA 44||T.Brady pass short right to W.Welker to MIA 38 for 6 yards (K.Dansby).|| || |
| ||Timeout #2 by MIA at 02:47.|| || |
|3rd and 1 at MIA 38||T.Brady pass incomplete short right to A.Hernandez (C.Wake).|| || |
| ||Timeout #3 by NE at 02:40.|| || |
|4th and 1 at MIA 38||(Punt formation) Z.Mesko punts 38 yards to end zone|
Again, if you wish to complain about the play-calling, fine. If you don't complain about that here, I will.
The Pats should have ran the ball on 3rd and one...and gone for it on 4th down with another run, had they failed to pick up the yard on 3rd down. But, considering how successful the Pats had been throwing the ball throughout the game, I could understand them choosing to pass. Still, I didn't like the call. If they were going to pass, I'd preferred to see them run some play action, and thrown down-field...especially with Tom having a chance to set an all-time NFL record for most passing yards accumulated in one game.
I grant you, the play calling and clock management was poor on this series...but how does that demonstrate that the Pats' have no running game?