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(Sportige)   Despite the usual blaming finger people love to point at the Patriots' defense, the real culprit in their recent postseason losses has been that heralded, Tom Brady-led offense   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Patriots, playoffs, offense, Bill Belichick, Baltimore Ravens, Rob Gronkowski  
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1579 clicks; posted to Sports » on 02 Apr 2013 at 12:16 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-04-02 01:02:17 PM  
2 votes:
Guess I'll state the obvious:  The Patriots just aren't as good when they are not taping their opponents' signals.
2013-04-03 03:19:01 AM  
1 vote:

vladimpaler: Guess I'll state the obvious:  The Patriots just aren't as good when they are not taping their opponents' signals.

I'm calling it the Bellicheat curse! NWE will not win another championship as long as Bill is running things.  Not that I mind because I farking hate the Patriots.
2013-04-02 01:46:44 PM  
1 vote:
Since their defense-led Super Bowl teams in the early 2000's, they have become exactly like Peyton Manning's Colt teams that always lost to New England.

That, and no more cheating have hurt.
2013-04-02 01:40:29 PM  
1 vote:
When a team wins 12-13 games they usually only played about four good opponents, going .500 in those games. Last season the Patriots lost to the Ravens, 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals. The Cards sucked but the other three were all good. The only good teams they beat were the Broncos and the Texans. So they went 2-3 against quality opponents. You can get away with up and down play against weak competition but you can't in the playoffs. They have talent to win the superbowl but they lack the consistency to win three straight against equal talent.

/A healthy Gronk for the entire playoffs would help too.
2013-04-02 01:38:48 PM  
1 vote:

Killer Cars: The Giants and Ravens have the perfect blueprint to beat the Pats; beat up on the receivers. That's it. It's nothing dirty (usually) and after quarter after quarter of getting pounded after catching the ball, naturally the timing routes start to suffer.

Factor in both Gronk and Hernandez never seeming to be healthy at the same time in the playoffs, and...bam. Problem.

It's kind of ironic since the Pats' first two Super Bowls were mostly due to their defense beating up the opponents' receivers.  The Colts complained so much that the league made defensive contact with receivers a point of emphasis starting in the 2004 season.  Now teams are starting to realize that if you wait until the receiver touches the ball to pound him you won't get penalized (unless it's a headshot) and you can make them even less effective than they would have been if the league allowed simple contact downfield.
2013-04-02 01:18:11 PM  
1 vote:

Brokenseas: I blame Wes Welker.  Not for the drop in the Superbowl two years ago (that was 50/50 between him and Brady), but for the brutal drop against Baltimore this past playoffs.

The Pats were up by 6, and were driving to start the second half.  On third down, Brady hit a wide-open Welker at the Raven's 20 with a perfect pass, and Welker tried to run before catching it, and dropped it.  The Pats had to punt into a wind.

On the next couple of plays, Flacco hit a long-bomb touchdown.  If Welker makes that catch, the chances are very good that the Patriots are soon up by 9 or 13.  Instead, they were down by 1 and the Raven's never looked back.

That was the turning point of the game.  It's no wonder that the Patriots were happy to see Welker walk out the door to Denver.

I wonder if they will feel that way if they lose to Denver in the playoffs or see Denver win a superbowl.  I am a Raven's fan, but I did enjoy watching Denver last year and I think Welker will be a great weapon for Manning.  I can see Denver making a serious bid for the superbowl in 2014.
2013-04-02 12:26:47 PM  
1 vote:
if your offense is averaging 30+ points a game for the last 3 years your doing it right.
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