Re: Pats versus Steelers - Why we Win on Sunday
posted at 11/11/2010 12:46 PM EST
In Response to Re: Pats versus Steelers - Why we Win on Sunday
[QUOTE]Call me a troll, or a lurker or whatever, but I don't see a win vs. Steelers. Will likely win vs. Detroit, but I only say that knowing their QB situation... Then again, NE's defense has a way of making lesser QB's look like Montana. Don't get caught up in stats like scoring average... look at the product on the field. It starts with Bill O'Briens inept playcalling. Everything just looks out of sync and uncreative. You have an O line that was designed to pass protect. They've never been great at run blocking, but now, they even struggle in pass protection... Here again, don't get caught up in stats on the low sack numbers on Brady. The big reason the screen game isn't working is that most of the time, Brady is throwing while falling backwards to avoid being crushed. That's why most of his short screen stuff is hitting the dirt a yard short of the receiver. Matt Light is a revolving door against speed edge rushers and barely holds his own these days against average D's, which Pittsburghs is NOT. No, Brady isn't getting sacked a lot, but that doesn't mean he has time to throw... Most of the time he doesn't and when he does, he has a rookie TE drop the ball. This is a one dimensional team that has to cover for the D with an offense that has no identity yet. You have a defense with no solid defensive end. You're basically looking at 3 nose tackles on the D line, so there's no edge speed. There's no real threat of a pass rush from the LB corps. And we all know the db's are young. Not much semblance of a real running game and that certainly isn't going to change against Pitt's D. You can all say that BB served them up a batch of humble pie this week and they'll be motivated... THEY SHOULDN'T NEED TO BE MOTIVATED. They should've been motivated to put their heels into the throat of a lesser team last week and have a killer instinct, which they seem to lack terribly, on both sides of the ball. They were flat out man-handled and out-hustled and out-coached last week by what should have been an inferior team, which begs the question of maybe they aren't as good as the record indicates. I'm not nearly as concerned with Pittsburgh torching our D as I am with seeing Brady laying in a crumpled heap because he doesn't even have enough time to dump off a screen pass. And yes, Indy may be dinged up, but it doesn't matter much if Peyton has no pass rush in his face... He'll torch this D if they can't find a way to get to him, which they haven't demonstrated yet this year. Of course it doesn't help that the Raiders are dropping that first round pick of ours lower and lower with each passing week, but it doesn't matter much anyway, as I'm sure BB will pass on a stud LB (see Clay Matthews) or RB and trade it down for a "value" pick. Pile on me now, but I see Pitt winning 24-13
Posted by manowar333[/QUOTE]
I pretty much agree with your assessment on this Sunday's game and the outlook for the remainder of this season as I recognize the flaws and they need to addressed in order for this team to win another Superbowl anytime soon.
As far as this weeks game goes, well the O-line will be hard pressed to give Tom the protection that he needs as the only way the Pat's score is if they throw early & often in an attempt to attack the Steelers only weakness on defense which is their corners in pass covereage as Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden and Willie Gay can be beat. But with that being said the Pat's WR's can't seem to get open and thus it's gonna mean Tom either has to eat it or get rid of it early for a minimal gain or just an incomplete pass and thus have to end up punting. I am not going to even mention running the ball as for starters you can't against the Steelers defense and also we have no consistent running game. As far as people stating the Pat's are second in the league in terms of ppg, well that is a very deceiving stat as the only games in which the Pat's offense scored with consistency was the Cincy game and the Bill game and also the 40 pts put up on the Dolphins were mainly from the special teams and defense. As far as the Pat's defense goes, well they can't stop the pass as they continue to not be able to find CB's who can replace Ty Law, Ty Poole and Asante Samuels and thus they just get thrown on repeatedly. It doesn't help when you can't stop the run or rush the passer. So Fat Head Ben will most likely light up the Pat's defense and also look for Rashard Mendenhall to have big gains much like Peyton Hillis did last week.
It's funny how people saying we have to be patient with this young defense but I don't buy that for 1 minute as this team has shown it was unable to replenish it's players that won them 3 Superbowls and thus they are now left with junk. Look at the Steelers as they always find away to replace their linebacker and DL men, as the only area on defense where they are suspect is the CB position.