ESPN has stated all week, that Belichick will not allow Tim Tebow the same success in the passing game this week as he did last week. Which is entirely possible, however there is one thing I do not understand and maybe some of you guys can help me!
The Denver Broncos have the best running game (ypg) in the NFL, and that's including the first 4.5 weeks that we had with Kyle Orton. Once Tebow took over, this offense is rushing for nearly 200 yards a game. How do you stop this? Stack the box with 8 or 9 like Pittsburgh did, and Denver only ran for 131, but that took ALOT of carries to get there. So they did a fairly effective job of stopping the run. However to stop the run, the #1 Defense in the NFL had to consistently put 8 or 9 in the box, and once Denver started running out of Shotgun, they were getting a minimum of 3 ypc.
The problem of course is when you stack the box, is it leaves you only with 2 options in pass defense, a; basic, easy to read, cover 3. OR you play man to man. This killed Pittsburgh, as they were beat over the top time after time. They could not stop the Broncos passing attack, in man to man coverage (Tebow to DT for a TD) or cover 3 (Tebow to Royal for a TD). Tebow only needed 10 completions to throw for 316 yards.
How is Belichick, going to bring "exotic looks" if he has to stack the box with 8 guys? He can't! unless you let the Patriots play with 12 guys on defense! He either stops the run with 8 in the box, and risks Tebow going over the top, on a suspect Patriots secondary, or you do your, "confuzing zones" with less than 8 in the box, and then Tebow at the line says, "KILL KILL" which means change to run, and then he gives it to McGahee for a 7 yard cary. No one has been able to stop Denver w/ less than 8 in the box, it's not possible, too many weapons. Tebow adds that weapon that must be accounted for TWICE. He must be accounted as a runner, which means 8 in the box, and a Passer, who he proved last week, can beat man to man and simple cover 3.
If someone can explain to me how the Patriots will be able to stop the run and pass, while having the 31st ranked defense, that would be great.