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  • Pats May Set Records Again



    The Patriots are just fine with how this season is going. There has been a lot of talk recently about subjects like the Niners defense, Robert Griffin III, Saints hopes, Ndamukong Suh, the Eagles, Chuckstrong, bald cheerleaders and Adderall. Meanwhile, the Pats are are pace to easily win the AFC East and set some more offensive records.

    In 2007, the Patriots scored a ridiculous amount of points. The 2012 Patriots are on pace for 592 points this season to eclipse their own mark by one Stephen Gostkowski field goal. It seems as if Bill Belichick has now perfected offense in the NFL. In 2007, Tom Brady finally had a down field threat with Randy Moss. Wes Welker was and still is the best slot guy in the league. Brady went on to throw for 50 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions along with a 9.4 AY/A.

    In 2010, the Patriots brought Rob Gronkowski into the equation while removing Randy Moss. They started a trend toward more tight end sets in the NFL and began to wreak havoc in new ways. Tom Brady threw 36 touchdowns with only a quartet of picks. Still, that group only managed 518 points. In 2011, Aaron Hernandez and Gronk formed the most dangerous tight end combination the league had ever seen. Despite that, the Pats fell all the way to third in the league in scoring with 513.

    This year, though, has forced yet another change. The Law Firm left and two second-year backs lead the new attack while Aaron Hernandez has battled injury. Danny Woodhead seems to do more out the backfield and Stevan Ridley is averaging 4.6 yards per attempt while Brady has not had a reliable deep threat due to Brandon Lloyd's struggles. Brady's AY/A is down to 8.7 this season, but the efficiency of the offense has never been better. The Pats are on pace to to beat the Saints first down record from last year by about 30 first downs. They also lead the league in percentage of rushes leading to first downs at 29.5%.

    The author for the whole book may be Bill Belichick with a forward written by Tom Brady. Brady has been able to adapt his game to whatever his coach does. His coach may know more about football than any coach in the league because of his reputation a defensive genius through 2003. Really, though, it doesn't matter who has been better at their job when a team scores 2,000 points in four years.

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    1. cml's Avatar
      While sometimes it's easy to get caught up in week to week complaints about the team, I try to keep in mind that as a Pats fan I have the privilege right now of watching a historically great coach/QB combination. I know 10 years from now I'll be looking back on these years with some nostalgia, unless the Pats are fortunate/savvy enough to get another franchise guy.

      It's even sweeter since the team was terrible for most of my life.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Exactly right, cml. Well said. Enjoy it while it's here.