Re: Top Ten "team" Defense
posted at 12/3/2011 3:46 PM EST
In Response to Re: Top Ten "team" Defense
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Top Ten "team" Defense : While I agree with most of what you say ZB, I still think how well this D plays situational football will determine their success or failure (eg: Red Zone D, 3rd and 4th down efficiency). Especially in the playoffs. The funny thing is that if you want to beat Brady you have to keep the ball away from him (running game) or put him in poor field position. and make the offense play from behind and become predictable. IT's obvious that this is not the 2001 or 2003 Pats D. It is not a D that will WIN games, but rather a defense that (pardon the pun) prevents the other team from scoring more points than Brady & Co. The Packers , The Patriots and Saints are the best teams in the NFL and none of them have a great SB caliber defense. That said one these teams will be in the Super Bowl.
Posted by JohnHannahrulz[/QUOTE]
Of course. I would take a defense that plays good situational football (Redzone, 3rd/4th down) and gives up yards than one that plays bad situational football, but gives up tons of big plays.
The problem is that NE's defense is spotty at situational football.
NE's "D" is 26th in 3rd down percentage.
NE's "D" is dead last in pass plays over 20 yards.
NE's "D" is very good in 40+ yards at only 4.
NE's "D" is 13th in RedZoneTD perc at 50%
NE's "D" is also dead last in Redzone attempts at 4 per game -- essentially 2 TDs per game in the Redzone then.
Houston allows 2.5 Redzone attempts per game and a 50% Redzone "D.", so 1 about 1 Redzone TD per game.
Even though they have identical Redzone percentages, the fact that Houston allows less between the 20's gives their defense a better overall Redzone percentage.
Giving up yards between the 20's is over-rated by some people, that is sure; however, it is critically under-rated on this forum, where it's become a mantra that "it doesn't matter."