Dom Cosentino
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2/9/17
12:25 PM
3

The Pats used their first timeout after a run at 3:50. It’s obvious to see the degree of difficulty in coming back if you extend the lead to 11 and they’re out of timeouts. Also, recovering onside kicks isn’t easy. That said, as I wrote above, had the Falcons only executed once or twice when they stayed aggressive ...

2/9/17
11:25 AM
22

They had a huge lead. Killing the clock would have been just as effective as running with efficiency. Also, where were the play-fakes?

2/9/17
11:22 AM
11

* Even if the Falcons stubbornly insisted on throwing the ball, it’s bizarre they didn’t use more play-action, particularly as the Patriots blitzed with greater frequency late in the game. Matt Ryan had used play-action more than any QB in the league during the regular season. But according to Pro Football Focus Read more

2/3/17
3:00 PM
16

This is a fair critique. But the Falcons’ weighted defensive DVOA (which discounts the first six games) still ranks 22nd. And they’ve really only shown a marked improvement defensively since Week 16. Click here and scroll to the bottom.

1/25/17
7:25 AM
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* This sentence was changed to better describe the ratio of Brady’s interceptions in 2016 to what he’s done to own the Steelers.

1/25/17
7:07 AM
5

Great point. I overlooked that one, for sure. Let’s just say it got lost in the pile of all the other beat downs.

1/21/17
11:40 AM
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I never said their run defense is a fluke. I’d just much rather consider their defense as a whole, in the context of who they played, and the fact that they mostly played with big leads. That tells us much more about how they might match up against a Steelers offense that now has a healthy Roethlisberger.

1/20/17
9:35 PM
5

Because their pass defense in 20th in DVOA against running backs. They have trouble covering backs who catch passes.

1/20/17
4:29 PM
72

Which is a lot easier to do when you’re not afraid some shitty QB is going to beat you.

1/19/17
1:36 PM
34

Blount is a completely different style of back than White and Lewis, which was my point in distinguishing the Freeman/Coleman tandem from what the Patriots have. I also realize Lewis was hurt for for the first 10 weeks of the season, but White’s and Lewis’s individual production doesn’t come close to matching what Read more

1/15/17
11:55 PM
1

Yo. Dak and Zeke almost yanked away a win anyway. Future’s bright for the Cowboys. Cheers.

1/15/17
8:30 AM
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Ah. OK. In that same sentence, I had linked to a story that laid out exactly how un-Aaron Rodgers-like he had been for an entire calendar year. I could have worded that better to be more clear about what I meant by “still having lots of problems with mechanics and accuracy.” Because he wasn’t playing like the same QB Read more

1/14/17
8:04 AM
1

Ignore that (regular season) parenthetical, btw. Tried to delete it as I edited my comment, but Kinja ate it. The 21-game stretch I was referring to included two playoff games.

1/14/17
7:36 AM
18

Wow. Why didn’t I think to cherry-pick a couple of irrelevant stats from the smallest of sample sizes to force a biased narrative? Here I was, conveniently understanding that Rodgers had never become a turnover machine, but that during a 21-game (regular season) stretch (playoffs included) from November 2015 through Read more