In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
I knew I'd make that typo
I think you're right. BB is going to continue to try to score as much as possible early in games. If we see more ball control it will probably come late in the game, assuming the defense has gotten better at holding leads.
shootz, we all do that...lol.
I agree that the Patriots are going to try to score whenever possible. I don't think that has ever changed. In 2007, early on, the Patriots were scoring early and often - I'm guessing that most of the rushing yards were accumulated AFTER we had a significant lead. In addition, folks say we dominated time of possession. That may be true, but put it in the proper context (which is a different context to ball control from 2001-2004) - If the Patriots are playing with a huge lead, IT FORCES THE OPPONENT TO GO TO THE PASS TO TRY TO CATCH UP - thereby increasing the risk of going three and outs, mistakes, and possibly turnovers. Opponents sure aren't going to ground and pound being so far behind.
The defense from 2001-2004 kept the Patriots in many a game, giving the Patriots the chance of winning close games. Remember that? When we used to win the close games? Not any moooore.