DraftDodger wrote:That game was all about Belichick's bizarre decision to change an offense that was working better than any offense ever. Obviously he thought the defensive mismatches would mean lots of big plays for Patriots wideouts, but it became painfully obvious that Brady isn't all that good under pressure. The Pats are better off surrounding him with pass protection and giving the receivers time to get open. Despite my man-love for Brady, I'll be the first to admit that he's no run & shoot quarterback.
Next week my money says they're back to protecting Brady and that defenses won't be able to use "Philly's blueprint" to be competitive with the Pats, who won't leave Brady unprotected again. He's not going to win them another Super Bowl if he gets killed, and he's lucky to have escaped that Eagles defense in one piece.
Given the possessions, the pats really didn't do anything different than they have all year. The onside kick, and the efficiency of The offense for Philly is what made this a good/close game. Brady actually killed the blitz, but receivers dropped balls. Welker had at least 2 drops on some somewhat tough but catchable balls. Moss had a couple also I believe. They did a great job containing moss, but they left their nickle back one on one with welker which really bit them in the back. The pressure really wasn't a big factor in this game. There were 2 sacks, but beyond that I didn't see brady flustered at all.