First let me say I am just as guilty as the next guy at marveling at the aerial assault the Pats put on last night. Second let me also say that wasn't good enough for me. Pats were very lucky to be facing the Dolphins last night.
In general I have an issue with the Pats reluctance to run the ball consistently as I believe that's a major factor in the post season issues of the past 3 runs. Specific to last night, I have a very large concern in the Pats willingness to close out games smartly.
When you are up by two scores in the 4th quarter you want to control the clock, plain and simple. The offense should add ToP to it's drive goals. Scoring is not longer the most important factor. You want to limit your opponents opportunities to get back in the game. You want to make time a factor for the opposition, rush their play calling, force errors, etc. Make time just as much of an opponent as your defense.
That Pats had the ball for 5:38 in the 4th quarter last night. 5:38, barely 1/3 of the quarter, that is hardly controlling the clock. The Pats got lucky that it was Chad Henne and the Dolphins last night, if they give the Chargers the same opportunities this week result could be very, very different.
Thoughts? Anyone else see ToP with the lead as an issue?