Pats Can’t Lose: How do NFL Teams Beat the New England Patriots?
After a brutal loss to the Cleveland Browns, the New England Patriots have won against the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. Pittsburgh, Chicago and New York are all in contention for division titles, and the Patriots blew each of them out of the water.
So, after mauling supposedly top NFL teams, how can other, inferior teams even think about beating the Patriots?
It comes down to one thing: pass rush.
Not just some blitz packages here and there, but a consistent and powerful pass rush.
If Tom Brady has time to throw, he’ll put up better offensive numbers than his opponent, end of story.
Now, I understand that in the NFL any team can lose on any given day. However, the blueprint to beating the Patriots lies in heavily pressuring Brady.
Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how good the opposition’s offense is, or how great their secondary is, if they can’t put Brady in tough throwing situations (and the Pats have a darn good Offensive Line, so putting pressure on Brady is tough), then the Pats will win.
Obviously, even if you can put Brady under pressure, he can still shred a defense with quick outs to his phenomenally quick wide receivers.
Brady has to be hit early and often, otherwise he’ll enter a rhythm which he will not come out of, and very few teams are capable of outscoring the Pats when Brady is in his groove.
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