The Patriots look like they have a pretty easy game this week in the Browns, but with this younger squad, it may not be that easy of a game. Fellow blogger Jim Mulligan pointed out this team does carry a lot of young talent and they may overlook a 2-5 Browns team. Being 6-1 a lot of these Patriot players might take their record for granted. They may feel as though they are unstoppable, especially when facing one of the worst teams in the league, but they are not. I do not think this team will overlook the Browns, but I do not see a blowout happening unless the defense plays extremely well.
The Patriots are going to have to do a few things well if they are going to want to take control of this game early.
1. Throw the ball OFTEN
a. The Browns rank 26th in the league in passing and the Patriots should take advantage of that. Brady has not thrown a whole lot of balls this year compared to past years, but I think this weekend he should seek to throw 40-45 passes.
2. BLITZ the QB
a. It looks like rookie Colt McCoy will be starting this week due to injuries of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. The more pressure you put on a rookie QB, the more mistakes he will make.
3. Ride this Momentum, but do not overlook.
a. The Browns are only 2-5, but they have shown some instances of being a legit football team. If the Patriots think they are going to walk all over them on Sunday, they definitely will not. The Browns have talent and coming off a victory over the Super Bowl champs, the next best thing would be knocking down the current best team in football.
Any team can win any week and that is probably going to be the Browns’ motto for the rest of the season. However, that is not the Patriots. If the Pats want to prove to the league they are really a force to be reckoned with, they need to big up a solid 30 point victory this Sunday. The Patriots cannot play to the Browns level, but need to pretend they are facing the 2nd best team in football in order to establish a dominating win.
This team is playing well and I see no stop of that this weekend.
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Written by David Reid