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Getting Defensive - New England Patriots

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McDaniels:  "They are obviously playing as well as any group we have played all year." 

 

Dem's fightin' words.  This is the ELITE defense in the league.  Sure, you will be our biggest test, but do not think that Pittsburgh's defense will be anything like ours.  I am not sure that you have met Star and Dwan, and KK yet; pretty sure that ypu have never faced run-stopping pass rushers like CJ and Hardy .

 Are you referring to the Jets?  You scored 13 on them in a victory and lost the second game in overtime.  We are ranked higher than the Jets.

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As long as our offense is fine, let's say score 20 or so points, we win.

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Can't wait for Big Time Football to return to Charlotte. It's been 5 lonnnng years.

It will be key that we shut down the run so Brady doesn't eat us alive with play action. I expect Brady to throw a couple of bombs out of play action. It will be imperative for our secondary not to let their guy get behind them, because Brady will hit them in stride.

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What most opponent fans don't realize is that we are tougher at home than on the road.  In 4 games we are giving 9 points a game.  This to offenses that are averaging in the 20s. While for the most part we are scoring at home and away, our point differential- points for minus points against is very different home versus away.  Our average point differential is +20 at home and a plus 6 on the road.

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After looking at Brady's stats, he's been sacked a lot the last 5 weeks, 19 times in fact. In the loss to NYJ and Cincy, he was sacked 4 times in each game. He also had a lot of passes in those two losses, 38 against Cincy and 46 against NYJ. This reflects when the run game is shut down, his attempts and sack rate goes up, which also were the two losses. He was sacked 5 times against NO and had to win on that last second pass at the end of the game. If we can get in his face and our run D is as stout as we expect, he's in for a long night.

 

http://www.nfl.com/player/tombrady/2504211/gamelogs

 

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Can't wait for Big Time Football to return to Charlotte. It's been 5 lonnnng years.

It will be key that we shut down the run so Brady doesn't eat us alive with play action. I expect Brady to throw a couple of bombs out of play action. It will be imperative for our secondary not to let their guy get behind them, because Brady will hit them in stride.

We will shut down the run.  It is only a matter of how many guys will it take. And they will make some deep throws although their receiver corps doesn't really have a great deep threat. Amendola was a threat until he hurt his groin.  But we said the same thing about Kaepernick last week.  You have to have time to throw deep and the offensive line  of NE is not that great.  Expect Brady o dump off the ball all day hopefully to backs covered up by our linebackers and safeties.  Gronk is the only wildcard here.  Hopefully we do a better job than we did with Gonzales.

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We will shut down the run.

 

MAybe, but not so sure about that. The Panthers may prefer clock eating  scoring drives on the ground from the Patriots and take their chances on a low scoring game in the 4th quarter.

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We will shut down the run. It is only a matter of how many guys will it take. And they will make some deep throws although their receiver corps doesn't really have a great deep threat. Amendola was a threat until he hurt his groin. But we said the same thing about Kaepernick last week. You have to have time to throw deep and the offensive line of NE is not that great. Expect Brady o dump off the ball all day hopefully to backs covered up by our linebackers and safeties. Gronk is the only wildcard here. Hopefully we do a better job than we did with Gonzales.

Yeah if the Dline keeps up their great play Brady won't have enough time to hang in the pocket after play action. They are hitting on all cylinders at the moment so I just hope it keeps up.

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The patriots will be a good measuring stick for how we'll do vs New Orleans.

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