Monday, October 18, 2010

Brady exploited Ravens only weakness on defense

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and center Dan Koppen gesture in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

On Friday I wrote a post on how Brady can beat the Ravens by exploiting their only weakness on defense (here is the link to my post).  The Ravens were in the top 3 or better in most defensive categries according to PFF except pass rush.  Therefore I predicted that if the Pats O-line could hold off the Ravens pass rush then perhaps Brady could win the game.

Well the O-line did do its job allowing only 3 sacks, 2 QB hits and 3 QB pressures all game and Brady was able to spread the ball around quite effectively.  In fact Brady numbers on paper are not super :  42 Att, 27 Comp, 292 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs, QB rating 72.7.   But he wasn't helped by 7 dropped paases either.  But the bottom line is that he got plenty of protection and managed to get the Patriots in position to win the game in OT.

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