Re: Texas Pat / MBellino
posted at 10/9/2012 5:48 PM EDT
In response to AZPAT's comment:
In response to Mighty2013's comment:
Boo hoo, the Pats are not invincible, they need to get at least 10 yards on every play and force a punt or turnover on every drive before I'll be happy, Mommy, waaaaaaaaaa
Then, there were the 4 sacks of our beloved Tommy Brady. After all, we all know that there is absolutely nothing that can go wrong on something as simple as a sack, right? It's no like something like a serious injury that could end his season could ever happen, right? That onky happens to other team's QB's, not Brady!
And, there is no concern whatsoever that this broken down, weak armed, over the hill, his best days are behind him, he's never going to be the same QB had a favorite target Sunday (Thomas). Read absolutely nothing into the fact that he threw his way 11 times, connecting 9 (good thing the DBacks gameplanned in that fumble in the first Qtr!) time for an avg excedding 20 YPC, or that 5 of those catches averaged 32 YPC. Or, that whenthe Pats' DBacks tightehend up on him, three other receivers caught the 3 TD passes in 10 total receptions (for you math challenged folks, that 33.3334% of passes thrown their way). FUGHEDABOUDIT! These things are going to happen, and are totally acceptable, just as long as the Pats keep on winning. We'll call this defensive back goup "young, improving, and learning" as they go. (Now just where have we heard that before?)
Sorry, but those of us who are realists see flaws in the Pats, just as any opposing team with a QB that can breathe and throw the ball more than 20 yards has. Don't even think about teh stats of teh last three opposing QB's: Flacco, Fitzpatrick, and Manning), who AVERAGED the following against this "young, learning, and getting better: defense: 27 of 41 (that's 66% completion pct), 359 yards, 3.34 TD/game, 1.67 INT/game, while getting sacked 1.67 time/game. With passing yards like this, do you kind of think that there's a neon sign over the Pats D that says: Throw the ball here!
There are flaws and chinks in the Pats' armour. We realists see it, and we're not crying out that the sky is falling. We realists know it's the regular season, and that the real fun begins come playoff time. We also know that these things have killed SB aspirations in the past, yet have existed all season. Instead of identifying them for what they are, they are casually brushed aside, so that when they have taken their seemingly (recent) post season flop, other aspects of the game are scrutinized and "blamed" for the loss. Much weasier to blame Welker for failing to hold onto an overthrown pass, that to look at the defense for the end of EITHER OF those SB game failures to get the Giants off the field when they took possession with just under 4 minutes left. They do that and the Welker deal is just another incompletion, and the Giant WR doesn't use his earhole to catch a pass.
I said it before, and I'll say it again: I want the Pats to win it all and dominate as they did in teh early 2000's. But, this crew, since the 2007 regular season ended, has no aspect of the game that causes fear in teh opposition lockerroom. Maybe the newfound running game will do that. But, surrendering passing stats like they have for their last 3 games is a recipe for disaster. If using the "young, learing, and getting better" philosophy, my question is this: When are they going to apply what they have "learned"?
Might sound stupid to say but from what I see this year this is a different team. They are already starting to tighten up on defense...they are close to mid/late November form ..for a Pats team that is really good...and the running game ..never have had this type of running game as I can remember.
Defense..Sure...Slow start aginast the Bills, couldn't get off the field for parts of the Ravens or Broncos game...but there is a big difference I don't feel the hoplessnes this year, I see a team on the verge of shutting teams down, I have not felt that way in years except the late late season last year. More pressure on D-line, complete LB corp and actually the defensive backs and safties are the best group in 4-5 years.