OT: Patriots vs Ravens Open Thread

Submitted by Hill.FootballR… on January 22nd, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Should be a good game.

I am a huge Patriots fan so go Pats!


swan flu

January 22nd, 2012 at 3:11 PM ^

I wonder who Greg Mattison is pulling for...


No i don't.  He's probably pulling for MEECHIGAN!


ps- did anyone else just see the punter fall without any provocation?  reminds me of the prick who got me a yellow card in indoor soccer this morning.


January 22nd, 2012 at 3:28 PM ^

Ravens defense holds right outside the 10.  Field goal.  If the Pats are going to win, they need to convert their opportunities into touchdowns.


January 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

Flacco and cameron need to take a page out of the patriots play calling book, they either run the ball or throw a bomb, no mid level game for this offense and it is terrible.  

Naked Bootlegger

January 22nd, 2012 at 3:38 PM ^

Troy Woolfolk's big brother Vince has two TFL's already.   Big man with a big motor early.

OMG...Brady throws a pick!   The apocolypse is nigh.   Had to be the WR's fault, right?


January 22nd, 2012 at 3:43 PM ^

After watching Tom Brady through the college and pro ranks, why do you think he's blown up in the pros? The right system? Coaches? I'm not sure.
<br>He played pretty well in college but his stats werent jaw dropping and he wasn't taken til the 6th rd.
<br>What do you think? Does Tom just have 'it'? To me he seems to have it all...can make all the throws, team leader, moves when he HAS TO, smart, etc.
<br>I understand he draft is a crap shoot but many said he couldn't do certain things. Seems to me, he's just a tad good.

Naked Bootlegger

January 22nd, 2012 at 4:08 PM ^

Brady showed flashes of collegiate greatness in a few games where he was unleashed ('98 OSU, '00 Orange Bowl).   He first started as a junior and threw his share of picks his first year (15 TD/12 INTs), so it's not like we was convincingly a superstar after his first year.   I think he's a classic case of a player who progressively developed (20 TD/6 INTs his senior year) over time and finally reached his ceiling in the pros.  He also played during our power running era - although that was loosening a bit during the 90's - so we just didn't pass that much.  He only had 3 300+ passing yard games, with a few more over 270+ yards.   And Drew Henson was looming over his shoulder for his two years as starter.  Henson threw for 500+ yards during Brady's senior year, so that's a lot of college stats potentially taken away from Brady.  

He found a perfect home in New England.  Their offensive scheme perfectly matches his skills.   I was bummed that he lasted until the 6th round, but I honestly didn't think he would evolve into arguably the best NFL QB we've ever seen....definitely the most clutch NFL QB we've ever seen.  


January 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 PM ^

At Michigan...when we got behind and had to go shotgun and 4 wides....Tom Brady just tore it up...that offense was MADE for his skills and you could see it way back then...

well Lloyd Carr was late to the game in seeing it...but the rest of us saw it.


January 22nd, 2012 at 4:11 PM ^

Wow....still cant believe the difference in the Pats D from where it was 5 or 6 yrs ago up to now. 

I Love Bill...but wow their drafting of defensive players has been really bad.


January 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 PM ^

lol at the patriots being so scared of the ravens defense, pats getting punched in the mouth and not used to it. What happens when you only play 3 teams with winning records all year and lose to all of them.


January 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 PM ^

I'm not sure how the Pats have not mad any moves in the last couple yrs to improve that D....your not gonna have Brady forever and the fact that the O has to pretty much get a TD every drive cant be a good thing.


January 22nd, 2012 at 5:33 PM ^

I hope they dont overturn that...that would be like Fitz part II..... too miniscule to overturn!


Brady is so smart... hope it ends up Pats vs. 49ers in the SB... two former UM QBs head to head...


January 22nd, 2012 at 5:38 PM ^

That the Pats seem to have no interest in obtaining a decent RB (how long did they keep paying Maroney to suck...?) maybe they'll snatch up Denard since it appears they need to get their tough yardage from their QB.