Re: Running on Seattle is like running into a brick wall,. i might use bolden (sledgehammer) more in this game.
posted at 10/14/2012 9:34 AM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Take a look at Seattle's run defense, they're overrated. Well, maybe they are good, but they haven't been tested even once:
Game 1, AZ: AZ runs it with their RBs 17 times, compared to having Skelton (who got hurt) and Kolb throw a combines 36 times in agame decided by 4 points. Also, AZ has no good RB. AZ won, by the way, by 4 points.
Game 2, DAL: SEA jumps out to a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter, and DAL runs it 14 times compared to 40 passes. DAL never tried to establish the run as they abandonded it far too early. SEA wins 27-7 as Romo completes less than 60% and pulls a 74 QB rating.
Game 3, GB: Infamous "Fail Mary" game. 18 runs compared to 39 passes by GB. Cedric Benson is nothing to write home about, but he's all GB had. Again, a game decided on the last play, and a more than 2:1 pass:run ratio. 14-12 SEA.
Game 4, STL: Steven Jackson was not close to 100% this game, but they had 24 runs comapred to 30 passes, and STL won, by 6. For what it's worth, Jackson averaged only 3.1 ypc at, again, far less than 100%.
Game 5, CAR: This may have been one of the worst coaching performances I've ever seen. SCam Newton threw 29 times (completing 12!), and ran 7 more for 36 touches. Jonathon Stewart and Deangelo Williams COMBINED for 10 runs. Seattle ends up winning this game by a measly 4 points as, again, the opponent doesn't even TRY to run.
So, as you can see, it's mostly poor play calling and a lack of committment to the run that makes Seattle's D look so good against it. They faced 4 teams with either a not very good RB, or a hurt one, and came out 2-2. Then they actually face a team with a good running game...and they don't even try to run in a game CAR loses by 4.
Rather than just believe all the media hype, go take a look deeper once in a while. I told you on another thread I don't like empty stats, and I don't like baseless assumptions either.
The Pats have been clicking along at close to 50:50 run pass for a few weeks now, and if they stay committed to that, people are going to be 'shocked' when they run for over 100, and better than 4 ypc. They have not 1, but 2 RBs who look good on their own, and a 3rd in Woodhead who, when used appropriately, can be extremely effective, especially against an oversized D.
National media...check that, all media has gotten lazy. They look at the surface and just run with it. SEA, though 3-2, has only 1 impressive win, and that was against DAL, who may be more up and down than a schizo off their meds.
Pats roll today. SEA offense is not good, and will look awful. Pats will control the clock, and make Wilson run for his life, which may be his only chance as he actually CAN run, and likes ot heave it downfield, where hopefully McCourty can turn around a few times. SEA's WRs are nto very good either.
I see no reason why NE doesn't win comfortably unless they suffer early TOs, or something catastrophic happens (Brady injury, ST TDs, D goes on strike).
Look at the team rushing rankings
Arizona - 31st
Dallas - 30th
Green bay - 20th
St. Louis - 22nd
And the best of the bunch
Carolina at 14th
We're ranked 3rd
So why again are all the pundits raving about their run D?