Re: What the Pats' D failed to do which the Ravens' D did...
posted at 9/24/2012 9:39 PM EDT
In response to glenr's comment:
In response to agcsbill's comment:
Both teams had two possessions late in the 4th quarter. Penalties aside, the Ravens D made big stops on the Pats when it appeared the Pats were moving the ball well to possibly lock up the game. Conversely, during the Ravens' last two possessions, the Pats D did squat!
Leading up to that time of the game, the Pats O was moving the ball well, adding 10 more points to their half time score while the Pats D limited the Ravens to the single TD. Look at how the Pats closed out the first half! What happened to that offensive scheme? What is hard to understand is why stop what has been going well until the other team shows they can stop you. On those last two possessions of the Pats they went away from what works and the Pats D also went away from what was working, whatever was, to stop the Ravens. We did not see any signifcant Pats' defensive stops that entire 4th quarter such as the tackles for lossed the Ravens D accomplished.
Penalties aside, the Pats had their chances....
I have to laugh at posts like this. As usual all the D's fault never the offense's fault for once again failing to close out a game.
What is so funny about the truth?
"We really couldn't get off the field," Vince Wilfork said after the game. "Offense played their tails off and we just left them out to dry. We can't do that." No kidding. The Patriots entered their Week 3 matchup with the No. 2 ranked defense in the league. Really. Though the Ravens and New England were similar on offense prior to Sunday night -- 522 net passing yards to 525; 74 passes attempted to 77; five sacks, one interception, and three touchdowns each -- it was on defense they split. With the advantage to New England.
The Patriots had surrendered 529 yards through two games compared to 808 by Baltimore's defense. All the more reason why Sunday's numbers are startling: The Ravens had 503 total net yards of offense, nearly matching what New England had surrendered all season. Yes, there were a couple of questionable defensive holding calls in the fourth quarter. But both were on second downs and cost just five yards apiece. Throw in any other bad flag you want and it still won't negate the fact that just 5 of Baltimore's 28 first downs were won by penalty.
"Can't too much dwell on flags and stuff; we have to play better, plain and simple," said Wilfork. "We have to play better. We have to help our offense and we didn't do that. Going forward I think we have to play together as a team. But the offense played their tails off. They've gotten better so we have to have to come out next week and help them get a win."
New England's offensive effort was valiant: 396 total yards and 33 first downs of its own; three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing); 83-percent red zone efficiency (5-for-6); 28-for-41 passing and a 101.2 quarterback rating from Tom Brady.
All for naught. The defense regressed; the Patriots lost.