Posted by themightypatriotz
Hmmm. Likeley that or the spotty play of the offensive line. On back to back weeks they allowed explosive strip sacks (Light then Mankins) and in week one a pick six on a blown up screen pass.
Like everything in this offense it is SPOTTY. Sometimes it is there, then it isn't. Fist half of the Broncos game it looks like they are going to win in a laugher. Second half, the laugh was on Brady and company.
Sometimes they can run. Other times, they are slow off the ball. Sometimes the passing offense just explodes, only to fall flat one play later.
The silver lining?
When Manning came back last season, through seven games he had:
61.1% Comp 1754 Yrd 10TD 9INT 79.0 rating
61.4% Comp 1344 Yrd 6TD 2INT 85.9 rating
Oh yeah, and the Ponies were also 3-4 heading into week 8.
Is he off? Yes. But it isn't that bad considering a year layoff.
I am going to guess that by week eight Brady has 10 or more TDs.
No more than 3 INTs, although in all likelyhood we won't see any against the likes of TB and Tennessee.
A rating in excess of 90.
Over 2000 yards passing.
And the Patriots will be 5-2, despite playing four playoff teams.
That isn't bad for a year off.
The trick is getting everyone on the offense to start making the plays they need to make to win the game.
No more 3 & Outs in the final five minutes. There just isn't an excuse for getting the ball with 3:30 left on the clock, and turning it back over to the other team with a two minute warning to spare.
And there is no excuse for leaving 7-14 points on the board every game.
They won't be the 2007 offense. Even that offense slowed by season's end. But there is no reason why this shouldn't be the highest scoring group in the NFL. They average 20, and leave an open TD on the field every week.
That will be ammended by mid season.
The irony is that coming in, I was prediciting a rocky start for the "D" with a noticable improvement by week 8. Now I think it will work the other way around.
I still expect this defense to improve, especially after a ho-hum performance against a Denver offense that isn't that talented. I mean, they sat Atlanta down for 10 points, and then they went on to rake the niners for 45. Truly a great performance, which ironically was booed by a bunch of people who wanted more aggressive play. But they could have been better last week. But in no way can I hang either of their losses on the "D" when the opponents have beaten them with 18 ppg, and just 16.5 per four quarters, and in those same losses the Offense has only mustered 13 ppg. Sorry. I know which way the finger points.
I think it goes to everyone involved. Brady and the O-line get the brunt. Welker and Moss have missed some routes. And the coaches haven't exactly lit it up wth brilliant schemes either.
However . . .
We have the technology, we can fix it.