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The Brady Bunch Isn't Scary When Tom's On The Bench!

The Patriots Offense ranks 3rd in scoring, 2nd in both the passing and total yards gained categories, but only 20th in rushing. The Defense is 15th in points allowed, 31st in both the total yards and passing yards allowed, and 17th in rushing yards allowed. Something that I found to be interesting with these stats is that it looks like when the Pats practice during the week, the Defense gets used to being beat by the Offense.

In every area that the Pat's O excels, the D is average to down right bad! With an O that ranks 20th in rushing, the D is finally able to beat them. Could it be that there is a little bit of confidence lacking in certain areas? Can we exploit them early and add to their doubts? They can obviously be beat in every category. Most certainly in the run dept., but even MORE SO in the passing game. We just need to control our possessions and create the kind of turn overs that they are un-accustomed to.

NAME............. ATT....COMP.....PCT.....YDS...AVG...YDS/G..LONG..TD...TD%...INT...INT%...SACK...RATE

Tom Brady....611.......401.........65.6.....5235...8.6.....316.4......99.....39....6.4.....12.....2.0........32......105.6

Opponents......619.......386.........62.4.....4977...8.0.....293.9......58.....26....4.2.....23.....3.7........40........86.1

We know this guy pretty well. He's another one of the QB's who broke the 5k yards passing this season. But the stats of the Patriots opponents this year are very close in all but one major category, interceptions.

A +11 in that stat goes a long way to help them win the close ones. The team has only fumbled 4 times, (Brady twice) and lost one of them, while collecting six of their opponents fumbles. Winning the turn over battle has helped them a lot.

RUSHING

NAME..................................ATT...YDS....AVG...LONG...20+...TD...YDS/G

BenJarvus Green-Ellis......181....667.....3.7.......18.......0.......11.....41.7

Stevan Ridley........................87....441.....5.1.......33.......5.........1.....27.6

Danny Woodhead...............77....351.....4.6.......12.......0.........1.....23.4

Green-Ellis and Gronkowski have combined this year for 29 of the Patriots 61 TD's, but rushing TD's acount for less than a third of the total. Not surprising as much as these guys like to throw. "BenJee" got all but 7 of the rushing TD's, and Gronk even got one! Watch out for that trick play Denver.

Ridley, whoever he is, looks like the better back on paper. Does anyone know why he isn't the feature back? It just doesn't seem like these guys get used properly.

RECEIVING

NAME.........................REC...TAR....YDS....AVG...TD...LONG...20+...YDS/G....YAC....1DN

Wes Welker................122....172....1569...12.9.....9......99........21......98.1.......732......77

Rob Gronkowski........90....124....1327...14.7....17.....52........22......82.9 .......656......69

Aaron Hernandez......79....113 .....910....11.5.....7......46........12......65.0.......519......46

Deion Branch..............51......90......702....13.8.....5......63.......10.......46.8.......332......37 He's the sleeper.

Chad Ochocinco.......15......32......276....18.4.....1......53.........3.......18.4.........51......13

Wes Welker may get targeted more but in the red zone Gronk is the go to guy. With almost 15 Y/Catch and 17 TD's, Gronk is the guy to double in the red zone. The problem is that Deion Branch has almost 14 Y/Catch, and although he is targeted half as much as Gronk and Welker, Brady doesn't care who it is that's open.

Brady tends to find the open man more often then not. That is why it is so tough to slow these guys down. Remember the only TD that Ocho got this year? Brady certainly needs to have our guys in his face, and very quickly! He can get it going with those quick three steps. When Brady is uncomfortable, we know what happens.

It is important for us to shake him up right from the start and be relentless. Hopefully RobunkVonDoom find themselves un-stopable Saturday night. Brady has been sacked 2 times per game on the average. Perhaps we can triple that stat.

DEFENSE:

...............................TACKLES................. SACKS..................................INT....FUMBLES

NAME........................SOLO...AST...TOT...SACK...YDSL...TLOSS...PD...INT....FF

Jerod Mayo LB.............58.......37.......95.......1.0........5.............4........4......2......1

Kyle Arrington CB......66.......22.......88.......0.0........0.............1......13......7......0

Devin McCourty CB...65.......22.......87.......0.0........ 0 ........... 5......12......2......0

Rob Ninkovich LB......43.......31.......74.......6.5.......54............2........4......2......1

James Ihedigbo S......46.......23.......69.......0.0........ 0 ............1........1......0......0

Patrick Chung S...........37.......25.......62.......1.0........ 3.............0........4......1......0

Vince Wilfork NT........29.......23.......52.......3.5........18............5........3......2......1

Andre Carter DE........31.......21.......52.....10.0........70............5........1......0......0

Mark Anderson DE...18........11.......29.....10.0 .......75............1........1......0......0

The Pat's got 8 more sacks, 11 more INT's and 2 more FF than their opponents.

Are NE's CB's Twins? They look a lot alike, but it's the stats that trip me out. Almost identical stats until you see the INT's and Arrington leads by 5 this year. Those two CB's, and the two LB's Mayo and Ninkovich, dominate in the Tackling Dept., and the two safeties clean up whats left.

Is it just me or what? Don't any teams throw against these guys, because the Pass Defended stats sure look low to me?

DE's Carter and Anderson have 20 of the Patriots 40 sacks and the majority of the rest are gathered up by the LB's. The D-line is pretty good against the pass, but tends to get gouged by good run games.

I really feel that our chances to score on this team are great! I also think that who ever does win the turn over battle will most certainly win this game. Winning that stat doesn't always guaranteed a win, but I believe that it will be the case on Saturday. I like our chances to stop Tom and company on two or three of their possessions, but I feel real good about our ability to score on them!

If you have any idea why the Pass Defensed stats are so low I'd sure like to see it.

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