I think AZ and NO....provide reasonable comparisons to how our team has dealt when faced with the task we will see Sunday. I know several people have commented Shula can't move the ball against the 3-4. But, I think those games boil down to one simple thing.
Redzone failures. Not much more.
@ AZ 4 - dropped TD, settle for FG
@ AZ 15 - dropped wide open 4th down
@ AZ 11 - interception
Game got out of hand late in the 4th. The INT was a great play but the rest wasn't great defense.....in fact it was often bad defense and we shot ourselves in the foot. Yet looking back we spin it as shutdown D.
@ NO 20 - take a sack, FG
@ NO 6 - incomplete, FG
This game was different than AZ.....NO actually scored big points (lots in the 2nd quarter) and for the first time really all year we got forced away from Panther football.
So I don't think the 3-4 is the issue....bad redzone days. I don't think we have a bad one Sunday. I don't think it is what opponents did as much as just poor play on our part.
I think we put up big points in Charlotte b/c offense should get some aid as well for more opportunities. Rex Ryan doesn't have a Drew Brees to put up points and alter this game (and ultimately what his D will face) so he can talk to his bro as much as he wants.