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Some Things I Learned Today About This Team


In no particular order..

I know why Belichick likes having James Ihedigbo in on short-yardage. Nice blitzing from him, too. It's too bad he's not better in coverage.

I know why Belicick likes having Sterling Moore in on obvious pass-plays. Great instincts, but he needs to improve open-field tackles.

Vince Wilfork is having a monstrous post-season. His two interceptions in the regular season aside, his post-season performance is far more impactful than his regular-season performance.

Brandon Spikes is also having a monstrous post-season. He's fighting off the image that he's only a two-down back, making another big play against the pass and helping to smother one of the best ground-games in the league. His regular-season was marked by injuries but his post-season has been marked by the damage he's doing to the opposing team. Oh, and Jerod Mayo wasn't bad either!

The Pats are still reliant on the Big-3 receivers; Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez. Branch, the #2 receiver, had another quiet game. Brady completed a pass to Edelman and committed an interception towards him. He also had an interception intended for Matthew Slater. Brady needs to figure out how to get more production from outside of the Big-3. Unfortunately, their WR corps looks weak after Welker.

I've been down on how BenJarvis GreenEllis is always fairly-good and never great. Not today. He put together one of his better games against a tough Ravens D, helping the Pats O overcome a tough pass-D.

Joe Flacco can run. Best YPA of all the Ravens rushers, including Ray Rice and Ricky Williams. I was surprised, and the Pats defeders seemed to be too.

Tom Brady said it himself; he sucked. I understand there were some scary defenders pushing his protection at his feet, and they have a great secondary with boogeymen like Webb and Reed and of course Pollard. With that said, Brady got sacked once all game.

Last but not least, they'll have a chance at revenge.

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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