‘For the masochists among us …’
Reader No. 1 on
the Pats devastating loss yesterday to the Ravens:
masochists among us, here's Football Outsiders' realtime digest of yesterday's debacle.
And just to top it off, the detailed box score at ESPN, which includes these
- Longest Patriot
rush: 9 yards (Yes, I know Baltimore's longest was 14, that's not the point)
- Ray Lewis: 14
tackles, 6 solo. Vince Wilfork: 1 solo tackle
What happened to
the Patriots' energy and purpose? The no-huddle had no urgency throughout the
game. The body language on and off the sidelines was dreadful from mid-third
quarter onwards, as if the team had collectively realized it couldn't win. Credit to Reader No. 1's #1 for this
observation. Credit to the Ravens... time to go ice-fishing here.
What I had a hard
time believing was the open remarks by the TV people that: A.) The Ravens had
cracked the Pats’ audible codes and therefore B.) they were very confident going into
the game that they could contain the Pats’ no-huddle offense. And they certainly did
contain it. Did I hear that right? Does anyone know if they really cracked the audible codes? Is that widely known and accepted within sports-media circles? Looking at the article below
it seems the Pats' hurry-up edge is completely nullified if the defense can
out-communicate Brady et gang. And I seem to have read in the past that teams have broken the Pats' audible codes before. Jeez.