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Monday Morning Hangover: Sinking Secondary

Posted By Adam Sharp On Oct 15 2012 @ 10:25 am In New England Patriots | No Comments

How many passes does a QB throw in today’s style game? Let’s say 30, and I would say this is moderately low. Now let’s say that same QB has a pretty good day and completes 67% of his passes, 20 for 30. This does not sound like an amazing day, but this QB will have completed more passes in a game than Russell Wilson has in any one game in his NFL career.

And after yesterday’s loss, he still has not completed 20 passes, but he managed to throw for 293 yards, 3 TD’s, and no picks. He now has victories over the Pats and Packers, but did not need a ref to win this one. Both great teams, with terrible secondarys. So, what the hell happened!?

Brady: He had two picks to Wilson’s none. I will not say that Wilson outplayed Brady, because they are on two very different teams, but Brady could not drive down the field. This showed how badly the Pats need, not only a secondary, but a big time receiver. Welker is a good slot guy, and may be able to outrun someone, but he will never be able to “just go up and get it.”

Let’s look at the comeback team of the NFL, the Detroit Lions. They have a huge receiver in Johnson, not to mention Young Sr. and Burelson have hops too. They can make grabs and that is why the Lions have five or six fourth quarter comebacks in the last two years. NO ONE on the Pats can do this. And that is why they seem to not have the capability to come back at the end.

Rushing: This was not horrible for the Pats. They got 86 yards from three backs. But this should have been much better. The Pats needed to be able to run it down the Seahawks throat at the end, and failed badly. Ridley only had 34 yards, Bolden 38, and if Ridley cannot show up against great defenses, it is time to give Bolden a bigger nod.

Defense: I do not even want to talk about the secondary and the fact that the game winning thirty plus yard pass was to a wide open receiver. Rice was two to three steps ahead of both Pats defensive backs and made an easy catch. On the flip side, the rush defense was, once again, fairly dominate. Lynch only had 40 yards and averaged less than 3 yards a carry. This is another top back that the Pats have shut down. Which only makes how bad the secondary is that more scary.

In the end Brady had to throw 58 times, Wilson less than half that. That is were the game was won. If these passes could be knocked down to 40 attempts then Brady could actually choose his spots and the clock could have been killed. In the end this was just a matter of clock management, and passing 60 times will not cut it.

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