The loss of Chris Harris hurts. Really hurts. But it does not doom us; i think we all know it will be more difficult and force JDR to become more creative, but the patriots O is built to beat man coverage. Edelman and Amendola are Welker-like in their ability to release off the LOS and to create separation on short routes to pick needed first downs. Their explosive plays are almost always created by play action.
So i believe losing Chris Harris will help us (JDR) create a gameplan that is even better than what we would've done WITH Chris. With him, JDR is tempted to stay with our normal man coverages with some zone sprinkled in to keep the opposing QBs off balance. Now we can flip that on its head. We now need exotic zone coverages and discipline to make the Pats dink and dunk all the way down the field and not jump up and give up the big play.
obviously, after last week, the focus will be on stopping Blount and the Pats run game. So i believe we will have success at that and the game will come down to being able to stop Brady on 3rd down. Then, once we get into the fourth quarter, will we be able to stop their frantic comeback?
On offense, please don't wear out Knowshon. He was awesome last game against the Pats, and really played tough against the Chargers... but Montee Ball has really come alive over the last part of the season. He averaged 5 yards a carry against the Chargers and if you didn't look at the box care, you would think he averaged 8. Personally, i believe Ball has better vision than Knowshon. Let him go after this ravaged middle of the Pats with knowshon and i believe we can run for 300 yards.
Also, Trindon almost snapped his "returnless" streak yesterday... i'm feeling like he's gonna break one against the Pats