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Getting Defensive - New England Patriots

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As for the Panthers  game plan, the teams that have played and have beaten the Patriots, there is a common trend. First and foremost, even Tom Brady is affected when people are hitting him. We have to find a way to put pressure on him. He likes to step up in the pocket so it’s very important that the pressure comes from right up the gut. You have to have people around his legs, his face and be constantly hitting him throughout the course of the game.

Nobody likes that.

If we can hit him consistently, it will affect two to three throws late in the game that will cause him to miss. Those two or three misses could be the difference in the game. The Panthers have to have something that turns the tide, because you can only keep him down for so long. At some point he’s going to get hot.

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I am so excited about this game. Monday Night Football in charlotte is back! I am a little disappointed that I can't make it to the game. This was suppose to be my birthday present to myself but couldn't swing it. Brady will be introduced to one of the toughest defenses in football. We make him uncomfortable the whole game and I believe we win. I am going to go out on a limb and say, I believe we will beat them by two scores. I had the opportunity this year to watch a lot of their games and I don't see anything to be afraid other than the fact that he is Tom Brady lol. I believe we will make a statement at home for all in the football world to see. The Panthers are back!

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I think we match up very well against the Pats

 

Put TD, or Kuechly on Gronk with Mitchell over the top

 

Captain is perfect for covering the slot, which the Pats severely rely on

 

Drayton and Melvin on the corners, let Lester play midfield

 

Would like to see a nice mix of press man and zone, so we have time for the front four to get to Brady

 

Wouldn't be surprised if we played a 4-2-5 for a majority of the game, im comfortable enough that the front six could stop the run effectively. 

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I would blitz Brad with the front 4 + Mitchell all day and keep the LBs in air defense.

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Brady is as savvy a NFL QB as you will find in the history of the game. Whether unpressured or under pressure, his numbers remain constant. And if the game against Pittsburgh is any indication, he finally has found a rhythm with his offensive weapons.

 

The good news for the Panthers is that Brady is a pure pocket passer.

 

 

Also good news is that our DBs are going to benefit from the west coast offense. We've been pressing receivers better than we ever have and with Luke and TD dropping back, we should frustrate Brady and force him to throw checkdowns.

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Have to remember that their weapons are healthy now, fully healthy and chemistry has developed between him and his rookie receivers, plus you give Tom two weeks to prepare, especially now that his throwing hand is finally healthy and not swollen and you have your hands full, it doesn't matter how great the defense is, this is not the same offense before week 10, this is an entirely new animal at full strength and hitting on all cylinders that burned an 8th ranked Pittsburgh defense for a franchise high in points given up per one game... and with Shane Vereen, adding him to that equation makes it even harder to defend.  

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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.

I think we will be the one trying to have clock eating drives and hope for a low scoring game in the 4th.  We haven't let anyone run all year.  This is not the dreaded Patriot offense of old.  The Bengals held them to 7 points at their place.

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

I agree but I think New Orleans will be the tougher test. New Orleans seems to be more explosive.

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Have to remember that their weapons are healthy now, fully healthy and chemistry has developed between him and his rookie receivers, plus you give Tom two weeks to prepare, especially now that his throwing hand is finally healthy and not swollen and you have your hands full, it doesn't matter how great the defense is, this is not the same offense before week 10, this is an entirely new animal at full strength and hitting on all cylinders that burned an 8th ranked Pittsburgh defense for a franchise high in points given up per one game... and with Shane Vereen, adding him to that equation makes it even harder to defend.  

Most of the guys coming back are just back and chemistry takes time to develop.  With a mandatory 3 days off due to the CBA, the bye is not that better for prep.  It did allow a few guys to come back but as many teams lose after the bye as win.

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Most of the guys coming back are just back and chemistry takes time to develop.  With a mandatory 3 days off due to the CBA, the bye is not that better for prep.  It did allow a few guys to come back but as many teams lose after the bye as win.

Danny Amendola - only second game back with Brady after three weeks and with Gronk on the field at the same time.  Dobson has been developing each week, getting better and better, and now he gets it.  Took 10 games but it came, and he arrived and right on time.. Julian Edelman, nursing a leg injury since week 5 but played anyway, now his numbers will go back up.. the bye does help. 

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