How much pressure is on the Pats defense?
Wed, 16 Jan 2013|
Felger and Mazz debate how much pressure will be on the Patriots defense this weekend against the Ravens.
With regard to this -- I was thinking about -- We all know what the Ravens strengthens. We all know what it is -- -- their defense first team you still feel about what to let other people think that their defense is really mediocre and their offense is more dangerous another stellar defense first team thank you did defense leads to the offense on that team because. If -- -- Joseph Flacco to win every game like one last week. Joseph Flacco is not capable of that and for that matter neither is Ray Rice and all built to beat teams 3835. They are built to beat teams like game in your last year that actually went in the Patriots neighbors we know 2320. But they are often relied on their defense to make stops and generally give them good field position keep them again right. So if the Patriots offense. Struggles on Sunday. To me that is almost understandable. You're going up against again I think pretty yesterday -- to me this is. Arguably the greatest offensive player of his era vs arguably the greatest defensive player who's here now -- Ray Lewis is well past his prime. But this is your strength against strength. -- more often than not when those two things match -- you're gonna get something in between. You Tom Brady if Tom Brady has a great game on Sunday. When they knew nothing to worry about I don't win. At least I think so. What -- goes the other way what -- -- -- what if those two strengths. Basically neutralized one another Belichick each other route. And then you're left rip the other side of the ball. The last few years. -- Belichick. Has spent a great deal of energy and resources. Re building that defense it is all in a ball that defense. Over the last few years. All the high draft and it's from Brandon Spikes right on on the line to cheer Jones and now Donta hightower the whole idea. What's to be able to get to these games. This time of year and win them in a different fashion now last year they won 23 to twenty. But I did just looked it up again just to refresh my memory about the way things went in the second happened in the fourth quarter against the Ravens a year ago. There -- wants. Less than two minutes to play in that game. What 44 to be exact Baltimore took over its 21 yard line and the Ravens went right down the field. Impacted through what -- probably should have been a touchdown pass that Lee Evans allowed to get knocked out of its hands and then their kicker missed a 32 yard field goal. In the second half of that game. The Ravens went eight for ten on third down. They went nine for seventeen from the game but eight pretend in the second half. Would you have now gone to all of this offer to maximize. The final years of Tom Brady's career. And again. You'll go up against an offense here in this game that really shouldn't be that tough to defend. Ray Rice -- deep ball if they can beat you -- Duncan and let me Flacco take it on the field all the power to one but. Shot and should not be able to have a huge day against you or do you. That if you're defense isn't going so Tony you're talking about it Richard concerns about the defense going forward that they're still not there there's like. In terms of everything that they've done that there will fail. I'm thinking of the defense doesn't play well this weekend. What does that say. How do you get to this stage after after the two years and Mike. I just talked about the draft let's not forget the thing and got to keep to lead in the middle if -- -- Everything has been predicated all the the last few years. Towards rebuilding the defense to a level where they are championship caliber or close enough. With Tom Brady and the options be what it is. If the defense failed this weekend. It is a huge step. I'd do things. I don't think I sort of disagree with you. Yet but first of all I don't think it's necessarily going to fail I mean -- it's gonna fail I just said that I think that's an important story line in this -- sure I mean look beyond this season even at the pats lose 42 to fourteen the defense will fail. If if they allow into the -- against this. Against this Ravens offense that I guess the defense will fail I'm not expecting that I'm expecting game in the twenties I'm expecting the Patriots to play well. The most is what I'm expecting that that happens it's possible you know. That a team just ramps up its performance and you play well -- -- I think that's what's gonna happen to the Patriots.