40+ Passes vs the Patriots
So looking at what the Pats have done so far this year, here are the passing yardage totals they have given up in the last 4 games:
Fitzpatrick 350 yards
Peyton 337 Yards
Flacco 382 Yards
Wilson 293 Yards
After watching the game yesterday, the weakness the Pats D has is the deep pass that results in some big plays. Im sure a lot of this is on their secondary, their defense (even with the vaunted Chandler Jones) has only managed 11 sacks on the season.
After seeing his performances vs Miami, Houston and SF, Im sure there are few people who want to put Sundays game in Sanchez’s hands, but that is what will give us the best opportunity to win. There is no doubt that the Pats are gonna put up points on us, so hoping that our defense plays great and the offense plays OK, is probably not the recipe we need.
We will be putting arguably our best offensive personnel of the year on the field Sunday. A healthy Keller and Hill, each with a game under their belt to get back up to speed, is a HUGE difference from the unit we put out there vs SF and Houston. Furthermore, our rushing performance yesterday should at least force the Pats to put some resources towards stopping the run (although I highly doubt Belichick suddenly thinks we are a running force after one good performance).
If we can protect sanchez with 5 lineman and 1 RB or TE staying in to block, I think there will be opportunities to hit some big plays down the field, and hopefully put some points on the board.