BB previews the Raiders on the Belestrator: pic.twitter.com/PqgNuj6qUb— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 17, 2017
First, Belichick talks about Raiders punter Marquette King as someone with a big leg that can flip field position. Belichick uses two exclamation points to highlight a net 70 yard punt thanks to a block in the back.
“This King is an athletic guy and he can change field position big time,” Belichick explained.
Belichick then highlighted Cordarrelle Patterson on jet sweep on offense, while also noting his strength as a good returnman, noting the Raiders are an “explosive team” on catch and run plays. The Patriots have to be on point with their wrap-up tackling.
And finally, Belichick broke down the pass rushing duo of Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.
“Very explosive on the pass rush, especially with these pass rushers,” Belichick said, drawing a comparison to the Los Angeles Chargers pass rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and the Denver Broncos tandem of Von Miller and Shane Ray, noting “it’s been like that every week.”
Belichick added that Mack and Irvin “flip sides so everyone will get a shot at them,” referring to how the Raiders use their two pass rushers all over the formation.
It’s important to read between the lines with Belichick’s analysis as he hypes up every opponent. Mack and Irvin are a very good duo, while the rest of the Raiders defense is not great; that’s why those are the players he dedicates his attention to. It also highlights a potential strategy that the Patriots used against the Chargers and the Broncos, where the Patriots used their running backs as heavy targets during the game.
The Patriots always lean on their running backs, but Dion Lewis, James White, and Rex Burkhead combined for 20 catches, 201 yards, and 2 touchdowns over the past two games, nearly double their average receiving production from the first seven games.
The high targets for the running backs force the defense to slow their pass rush so they can drop into coverage and that will buy more time for Tom Brady in the pocket and allow for other big plays to potentially develop down the field.