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2nd Game Back, and We're Gonna Be in Trouble.
I kind of like Cincy's offense. I like their RBs, and I love their WRs and
TE. Dalton is one of the top Regular Season QBs in the NFL. They can
pound. They can go deep. And they can dink and dunk down the field.
However, it seems that the key to their offense is Tyler Eifert, and he
has not played. If he is out of this game it should be an easy win. If is
back, they could carry their momentum from the 4th quarter last week, when
Dallas went into an ineffective Prevent, and cause a lot of problems.
Green is one of the top two or three Regular Season WRs in the NFL. "The
quickest; very quick," BB said. "He has good stop and start
quickness. He's a very good intermediate route runner. I'd say there is a
number of those players you talked about [that] are really just two level
players: short catch-and-run, and deep speed, built speed type routes.
Green's very good at intermediate routes: comebacks, in-cuts, curls,
routes like that. He has great quickness at the top of his route and
excellent hands so he's able to extend and create separation with his
length and his catching skills. He makes some incredible one-handed
catches or catches where the defender is just draped all over him and he's
able to just get his hands a few inches out further than the defenders and
make the play. His catch radius is exceptional. But I'd say the thing that
really to me puts him at the top of the league in receivers is his ability
to affect all three levels, particularly those intermediate routes."
He has three TD passes of over 80-yards, and nine total of over 50 regular
Dalton have been in sync for years. "He has a great
combination of a physical skill set: he's big, he's long, he's dynamic,
he's fast, he has great hands, he's very explosive, he can get in and out
of his breaks and he can go up and get the ball," Patricia said.
"So, even if there are situations where Dalton's in trouble, the
quarterback's in trouble, he can throw the ball up. [Dalton] strongly
relies on A.J. to be able to come down with it and go up and fight for it
and get the ball and it's just his physical size is an issue out on the
perimeter, and then obviously combine that with the speed to get vertical
through the defense and get behind everybody. That creates a big matchup
problem for us." When they
are in a grove Green cannot be stopped.
when they get in the Redzone they have some big tight ends to throw to.
"Then once we get to Eifert being out there, [he] is another very
big, long, tall kind of guy that has great reach and range from a passing
game situation," Patricia said. "So, definitely a go-to player
for them in those red area and third-down situations. [He] can really
catch the ball well. He has got good quickness to kind of get in and out
of breaks. He's got enough suddenness to create that separation where now
he can use his length to be able to get the ball." But Eifert missed
last week with a back issue that makes his return less scary. But if he
gets in this game he could change their whole Redzone offense.
has missed the first four weeks with a bum ankle, and they have had to
groom their two other TEs earlier than expected "They've done a
really good job of playing both of the other tight ends," Patricia
said. "[Tyler] Kroft and [C.J.] Uzomah has been out there and been
very productive for them, and then once we get to Eifert being out there
is another very big, long, tall kind of guy that has great reach and range
from a passing game situation." If Eifert is out, Kroft and Uzomah
have not been able to make up for his loss in the Redzone.
also have one of the best one two punches at runningback. "They use
both the backs very well. Jeremy Hill, I'll start with him being the
bigger back, kind of the more downhill, power running back," Patricia
said. "Strong, explosive, likes contact, will get into the line of
scrimmage, get the tough yards, does a good job of running with his pads
low, just a downhill, really just a tough, physical type of running style
and he's got really good balance, which means he can also push the ball
out into the edge. [He] does a good job of breaking tackles so you really
got to get a good angle on him where you can wrap him up and try to drive
through the tackle. He's definitely a problem from that standpoint and
being able to handle him." Hill has been terrible so far this season.
So they can't let him get started. If they stuff him early and often he
will fold. He has been averaging under 4-yards a carry so far this season,
and the Pats just have to keep it that way.
has been terribly inconsistent, but played well last week and got his
average up to 3.5 YPC. "Then Giovani Bernard next, kind of being that
different change of pace back," Patricia said. "As you might
say, a third-down sub-back, but really he's going to run all the same runs
and they're going to run their offense with him in there and he does a
great job of getting the tough yardage, too. He'll come downhill, he'll
hit the holes. They do an excellent job in the run game." He also has
25 catches on the season and is averaging 8.4 YPC.
have a good O-line that has struggled a little so far this season, but
both guys have run behind it well before. "Their offensive line is
very experienced," Patricia said. "They've been playing out
there together for a while and they do a good job in the run game of kind
of scheming the run plays up, creating the space and opening the gaps.
Bernard does a good job of exposing that, too, and then with a little bit
of a different kind of dynamic to his skill set where he has some
different bursts, and speed, and quickness and ability to move in and out
of those holes. The same run play may look two different ways to defend
because of the back so that makes it a little bit more difficult also.
Both of them are productive in the run game. I think they'll run either
one and they'll try to get both of the guys the carries to get the run
game going, and you know, that's what they want to be able to do."
They want to pound the ball to draw the LBs and Safeties closer to the
LOS. Then try and go
deep to Green and LaFell. "They want to control the game with the run
and be able to throw the ball vertical downfield, use the play-action
game, use the drop back game and get the ball to their receivers and the
tight ends," Patricia said. "LaFell obviously being over there
is another excellent, tough, physical wide receiver that catches the ball
extremely well. He's a really good route-runner. He's really smart, can
read coverage so he's playing extremely well right now, too. They have a
really good offensive skill set combined with the tough, physical
offensive line." It is a very old school approach on offense.
cannot let them get their play action game going. "That is what makes
them so difficult to defend, but both of the backs are extremely good and
they use both of the backs in the passing game also," Patricia said.
"They'll get them out into space, get them the ball and let them be
able to work out there in the perimeter along with in the screen game.
They're just running their offense. Dalton does a great job of finding the
open player in the pass game, controlling the run game, getting the run
looks into the specific defensive fronts that they want and really just
running the things they do well." The Pats D needs to punch them in
the face early and often. The Bengals offense has really struggled with
Eifert out. So just don't let them get started, and cruise Home to victory
in a tight game.
Burfict is back. He is the bully in the middle of their defense. They have
to hit him hard and often. If they don't? Their defense gets braver and
cheaper by the quarter. So you have to run at him to start, and knock him
back a few times. Which is easier said than done, and makes 3rd down
conversions even more difficult when Brady is not going to be on top of
I'm not sure you can make a living running against their big D-line.
"Big," BB said about one of my favorite players Gego
Atkins. "One of the most disruptive players in the league. He has
great explosion and quickness. He's hard to block in the running game. I
mean he's not the biggest guy but he's explosive and he's quick. He knocks
blockers back and if guys are overaggressive on him he's quick enough to
slip them and get in the backfield and make plays." Atkins can cause
a lot of problems in the run game.
he's not the only troublemaker on their D-line. "But they do a good
job with Sims and Peko," BB said about their other two inside
veterans. "I mean they have three players in there. They're all a
little bit different but they're all good, and then of course Atkins in
the passing game is very disruptive. He's usually on the opposite side
from Dunlap so it's hard if you're five-on-four. It's hard to get help to
both sides. It's impossible. He's a dynamic player, great motor,
quickness, balance, playing strength, instincts, really good." You do
not want Atkins hitting Brady.
we have barely gotten to their D-ends. "And Dunlap's equally
disruptive and effective on the other side," BB said. "A
different style but: long, great ball awareness, causes a lot of fumbles,
strip sacks, good pass rusher, hard to block because he's so long, very
athletic, occasionally gets into coverage. A hard guy to throw over, takes
up a lot of space. Will Clarke's done a good job for them. [And Michael]
Johnson. I mean they've got a good front. Very good!"
You cannot let those guys get in a grove in this game.
has not always played well against this defense, and it is his 2nd game
back. "It's definitely a different team," Josh said. "Some
of the scheme is certainly similar in terms of their coverages and the way
they play their fronts and so on. There is some similarity, but I'd say
this defense is probably… it's been in place for a while now. You know
Coach Lewis has been there for a long time and they've got a lot of
players there that have really been involved in this system for a number
of years. They know it very well. Rarely, if ever, do you see them out of
position." They want to make it a war at the LOS.
O-line has to be very smart, and pick up the blitzes between their regular
rushers. "They're very well coached, Coach Guenther, Coach Lewis
those guys do a great job of preparing them each week," Josh said.
"There's some looks that they give you in the blitz game that have
always been challenging and that will be no different this week. We're
going to have to do a good job of making sure that we're aware of our
assignments and know what we need to do to prevent them from making some
big plays in the pressure game. They've got a big front. Very active, long
defensive ends. Really tall, long arms, can really extend and press you
away from their body, get their hands in the air in the passing game. And
if they get anywhere near the quarterback they can usually get a hold of
him because their length is so good." You cannot let their rushers
get on a roll, because we need White running patterns out of the
backfield, and not chipping and blocking.
O-line also has to play smart and tough and open some holes for the RBs.
"And then Atkins and Peko have been in there for a long time,"
McDaniels said. "Atkins is a very quick, active, powerful, disruptive
guy. One of the better defensive linemen in the league. And Peko has been
in there for a number of years. Very difficult to move, gives you a lot in
the running game. [He] can also do some things in the pass game, push the
pocket. Linebackers are real active; you've got a lot of different guys
there. They got Burfict back who makes a big difference for them in terms
of just running their defense, making plays, tackling ball carriers,
making impact plays." The Pats want to pound the ball to keep
pressure off of Brady.
they also have two big Strong Safeties, who want to come down hill and hit
as well. "And their secondary, this is probably as physical a group
of safeties as we're going to play all year and everybody in the back end
catches the ball well," McDaniels said. "So, when you make a
mistake they usually capitalize on it. They did a tremendous job of that
last year and they've already started to do that again this year. It's a
team that you better make sure you do your job on every snap or they're
going to make some big plays on you. They've got talent at all three
levels, they're deep, they play a lot of people. As I mentioned, the
system can be challenging when they start dialing up some of their
pressures that they use in different situations. [It'll be a] great
challenge for us this week. A team that we have some familiarity with but
we have to get back on these guys in terms of knowing who we're playing
against and how they play and really be ready. This is a really, really
good football team we're playing on Sunday." Their safeties can be
beaten over the top, but this is not the week to be relying on Brady to do
get their big and ugly LBs up on the line and try to blitz them up the
A-Gaps, like Patricia likes to use Collins and Hightower. "They use
that quite a bit," McDaniels said. "And they have all kinds of
different adjustments and looks and pressures off of it. It's not all
pressure. There's definitely some coverage and they drop out of there and
you think they're blitzing and they get you to do some things you don't
want to do. You have to block those people somehow, someway in every pass
pattern that you want to call if they line up in it. They have as an
extensive a package out of that front as any other team in the league.
They do a lot of great things out of it. It's not all one thing or the
other so there's a lot of things that need to happen after the ball is
actually snapped. You need to make sure you take care of your assignment.
You need to read things after the ball has been given to the quarterback
and hopefully we're all on the same page and we can execute our
assignments. But it takes a lot of work. It's going to take a lot of
preparation for us this week. Like I said, they're as well-versed in that
as any other team we're going to play." If the Pats can establish the
run they win easy.
just don't think they can. Their LBs and Safeties are just much better
against the run than the pass. They lack the elite speed in coverage that
Brady can normally exploit. They have good Corners, and good speed at the
Corner position. So Brady has to hit the tight ends and James White in
this game, and let them make 1st downs for him. And maybe, just maybe, hit
Gronk or Bennett on a deep one once or twice in this game to put it away.
Pats Win- Well,
uh, it seems the sizzle has gone out of Bengals. They are the worst team
in the Redzone so far this season. They are batting .310 when they get
inside the 20. That just sucks. If the Pats can hold them to field goals
they win easily. Of course, that never seems to happen to us, as teams too
often see coming into Foxboro as their Super Bowl.
are going to need James White a ton in this Game. "James has
been a solid player for us for the last two years," BB said. "I
think a little more experience, there are some fine points that he's
better on. He's done a good job with the ball in his hands, making guys
miss, making plays in space. We saw that last year. I think he's in good
condition. He's able to consistently throughout the course of the game do
those things, get open, catch the ball, make guys miss, very good in blitz
pickup, smart kid. He's a very consistent, dependable player. You get the
same thing from him every day; good."
They need him to make a few guys miss when Brady dumps the ball off to
is not a defense that you can just ground and pound Blount up the gut and
expect to win. "I think any runner needs to develop a timing
with the line and the blocking pattern," BB said. "You get to
the hole too fast and you kind of don't have the chance to really see the
blocking pattern develop. You get there too slow and it closes. Setting up
blocks, knowing which way you're going to cut but trying to keep the
defender in the gap that he's in as long as possible before you cut to the
gap that's really vulnerable. If you go there too soon then they just
adjust and fall off and make the play." White has really stepped his
game up to a new level so far this season.
can make the Bengals big LBs miss on the second level. "What
we refer to as pressing the line of scrimmage: pressing the blocks,
keeping the defenders in the gaps they're in. He's had several good runs
on that," BB said. "Again, second level decision making for a
back is important. Once you're through the line of scrimmage then working
off of the receiver blocks and the leverage that they have on the
defenders, trying to maximize the space and the potential yardage there. I
mean just all of those things, experience, and again, he was a good runner
in college. It's not that he like hasn't done it but I think just more
experience doing it, more experience of running our plays with our
blockers against the timing of the play and so forth has gotten
progressively better." He
can make those slick subtle moves to get those invaluable extra yards.
White has to be big in this game, because Brady is going to be off and
throwing short to his playmaker could be the key to this game. "James
does a of things for our offense and one thing about James is he's
unselfish," McDaniels said. "He studies and prepares extremely
hard, he knows his job and he's willing to do whatever we ask him to do to
help us win. So, he's been a valuable guy for us in terms of blitz pickup
for the last two years. He has certainly made a lot of plays out of the
backfield in space with the ball and then he's continued to improve as a
runner, too. So, James does a lot of different things. He wears a lot of
different hats and we count on James for a lot of important plays. He does
his job, whatever role that is, and we're looking forward to continuing to
try and improve with James as we go through the course of the season. He's
still a young player who hopefully his best football is still in front of
him." Brady has to throw short this game, and just let his playmakers
make the difference.
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