Re: Quite Frankly, barring the miracles, this Pats team should be on a 5 game losing streak.
posted at 12/16/2013 9:11 AM EST
In response to Quagmire3's comment:
It has been a rough stretch for our beloved Patriots. The truth is barring miracle comeabacks against the Broncos, Browns, and to a lesser extent the Texans we are on a 5 game losing streak. I guess the injuries are just to much to overcome. I do appreciate the fight in these guys though!
11/18 Panthers 24- Pats 20
11/24 Pats 34- Denver 31
12/01 Pats 34- Texans 31
12/08 Pats 27- Browns 26
12/15 Miami 24 Pats 20
Quagmire, I know what you are saying but by that logic, the Patriots could have been 5-0 just as easily as 0-5. All the games were that close. The Panthers game would have been won if PI had been properly called at the end of the game.
I think the single biggest issue for the team in Gronk's absence is Red Zone Conversion. It was a problem before Gronk got back and was a big issue in the Miami game. We were 1 for 4 in efficiency. No team can win that kind of conversion rate when we get that close. The brain trust has to think about creative play-calling in this area. Once we get Cannon back full-speed, we can get Develin and Hooman to help create holes for Ridley and Blount.
The Patriots beat the Dolphins in every other phase of the game, except for red zone conversion rate. 1st downs, passing yards, rushing yards, 3rd down conversion, time of possession, and so on and so forth.
We will learn a lot more about this team next week against the Ravens, who have a top-notch defense and play long-ball on offense. If they beat them, it will be because they have solved the red zone issue.
Against Miami, the defense played OK overall, offense played well, actually, for the whole game (which was a departure from the last three games), and the special team play was good, as usual. Let's not jump off tall buildings quite yet.