Re: The search for the Holy Grail.
posted at 2/11/2013 1:06 PM EST
In response to Low-FB-IQ's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to UD6's comment:
I think the offense scoring less than 40% of its current year's average demonstrates the problem significantly more effectively than your failed efforts to discredit my points. 21% more points is only 3.7 pts. The pats averaged 35 pts and only put up 13 pts. I don't recall the pats having much trouble executing the prior week without Gronkowski.
I suspect even a troll like you understands what an average is. The offense averaged 27 ppg for the playoffs despite the Gronk absence. That's 22% under their season average. The defense allowed 28 ppg in the playoffs. That's 35% morepoints than their season average.
Troll bludgeoned again.
Averages aside. The Patriots Defense gave up 28 or more points 5 times prior to the Ravens loss. The offense scored 13 or fewer ZERO times prior.
The offense has underachieved in the recent years post season losses. It stinks but it's still the fact. They have not been able to maintain the high level of consistency week to week in the post season and it has cost them.
Blame Kraft, BB, and or possibly their own continual high success and drafting low as possible factors in the current teams construction perhaps, but the team is built with a heavier burden being placed on the offense.
The offense has failed to consistently carry that burden through the playoffs.
The Patriots are not alone. I would say the Packers, as just one example, are currenty similarly constructed with more burden placed on their offense then the defense. However, at least the packers offense has scored more than 17 points in their recent post season losses.
No matter how you slice or spin it, 3 of the NFL's all time greatest point scoring offenses scoring 14, 17, & 13 points in the last two superbowls and most recent post season loss just is NOT good enough and IS underachieving.
This is why you need a stout defense if you desire to have much increased chances of winning it all.
This offense averaged 49 ppg in its top 5 games. That's crazy, and did much to boost the perception that the O was some kind of phenomenal force. But a Jeckle/Hyde receiver corps and running game at times were fabulous and other times dismal. It is plain as day that when those aspects of the offense were dismal, there was little Brady could do to compensate. You have to have something else to work with.
The bottom line in all this is that the plethora of poor draft picks on defense has made this team a very big maybe come playoff time. The only truly top top shelf players on the team are Brady and Gronk. That's not quite enough apparently.