But from a personnel perspective, I think DT is the weakest spot on SEA's D and I fully expect the Pats to attack downhill with huge personnel and a big power RB
SEA's Pass Pro is def a huge concern and they really have some average players in their OL, esp at RT. Wilson has been magnificent at extending plays and buying time all year, but my hunch is that Belichick doesn't rush him hard in this game. By that, I mean they may want to keep Wilson in the pocket and have him to challenge this great NE secondary with very average WRs
I do think NEng pounds the middle of the SEA D over and over with extra OL and a huge RB like Blount. And for the most part, I agree with you. The Pats won't be attacking deep and should have success underneath, but where I disagree with you is that Gronk will be well guarded...not sure there is ever an answer for him
And you might be being kind Mo by calling them "Mediocre"
As good as SEA's Pass D is, they are just okay vs short and intermediate routes...which is NEng's specialty
Brian, it is an amazing secondary...and no one gives Maxwell the credit he deserves btw. But in this matchup, I just don't think the Pats are going to feed into what the secondary does best
Oh they do SRI and GBay did it well last week for the most part. Again though, very tough to take both Wilson and Lynch away in their scheme...and Lynch is also playing out of his mind
Mo, I am a HUGE Revis fan...in fact, I recruited him to Pitt way back when. You don't have to convince me!
But Revis vs Sherman to me is really a tie
By no means is Sherman just a zone guy. He does only guard one side of the field and does have E Thomas behind him, but McCourtey is a great FS at well. Both will tackle. Both make big plays
And maybe the most underrated aspect of both Sherman and Revis is both are extremely smart
I suppose PatsFan. Honestly, it isn't my bag at all. A bunch of fluff. I am into the game and the Xs and Os, etc...not what stuffed animals Belichick liked as a kid! lol
Just their scheme SRI. Asomugha was like that at his best in OAK. SEA's D isn't about deception. For much of the time, you know what they are going to do...and therefore they make very few mental errors. But they are just GREAT at execution and their checkers are better than yours.
Maybe RJ. I do think they will have a lot of one on one matchups and if SEA can protect, NFL WRs are going to get open. But if I am NEng, I want the SEA passing game to beat me
Oh I hear ya Jolly and that is a great point. I do think that DEN was much more WR dependent than the Pats. Also, most importantly, that DEN team didn't have nearly the power running game at that point as NEng does now....and they didn't have Gronk. Still, great point. However, while I picked SEA last year, I do think if they played that game 10 times, it wouldn't have gone nearly that terrible for DEN every time...they got in an early hole and just imploded
And Mike, to pull it off, your players still need to put Wilson and Lynch on the ground, which isn't always so easy
Wow Ray, you are going way back! Way Back Ray! I honestly don't remember...sorry....didn't expect that question!
Sherm has followed individual players at times, but I don't think they stay to one side because of respect. If PC thought it was best for their specific D, Sherm would shadow. He also is probably much more comfortable on the D's left side as well