To say Tom Brady is hot might be the understatement of the season. With nine TD’s and over nine hundred yards in the last three games, Brady should be forced to wear a sign – approach only if wearing asbestos. The Pats offense is clicking and with a banged up, beaten and broken D, its going to have to keep on clicking Sunday when an upset and underachieving Bears team comes to Foxboro. Here are my Keys to the Pats doing just that.
Stuff it: Some weeks the Pats look like they don’t care about stopping the run. Honestly, I think Bill’s “don’t give up the big play” philosophy kills this teams defensive rating. In Matt Forte, the Bears have one of the most dynamic runners in the game. He’s one of the few three-tool backs in the league. He can run inside, break outside and catch the ball as well as any wide out in the NFL. Stopping him is going to be a huge task, but a task that needs to be accomplished. The Pats need to fill the running lanes and be careful not to over pursue or Forte will just cut back and turn what looks like a 3 yard loss into a 15 yard gain. I’m not kidding – fifteen yards. The linebackers and strong safety’s need to stay disciplined and limit Forte’s yards after the catch.
Pass the Stick’em: Its time for some old school Raymond Clayborn/Mike Haynes style D. Yeah, I’m talking line up our best with their best and Bump and Run Baby. The Bears wide-out tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery is one of the best in the league. This is what we brought Revis and Browner here for – isn’t it Bill? Isn’t it?
Own The Zone: When the Bears do make it inside the twenty, the Pats need to make this team settle for three’s. Last week, the bend-but-don’t-break philosophy BROKE and made that Jets game closer than it should have been. Make sure not to lose track of Martellus Bennett, Martellus Bennett. I’m not stuttering, his name needed to be said twice – I’m trying to make a point here people.
Win the turnover Battle: Eight weeks straight, someone call Guinness.
Put Brady back the way you found him. Clean-unscathed-undisheveled (I just made that word up). In other words, DON’T BREAK THE BRADY. Tom will need time to execute my outline and he can’t do that if he is sitting on his butt all afternoon.
Two is better than one: Beer, Pizza, Bond Movies or Tight Ends – two is always better than one. I want to see more two-tight-end sets this week. The Bears weak underbelly is in the defensive backfield – get Gronk and Wright on the field at the same time and bust open a seam or three. Let your best weapon open up the rest of the field for the short passing game. Pull the safeties across the field to open things up deep.
Earn Your Respect: For God sakes, RUN THE DAMN BALL. And I don’t mean on 3rd and 17, Josh – I mean actually run it. If this Bears front seven doesn’t at least respect the fact that we are capable of handing off and running the ball, nothing else is going to work. Yes – nothing. Chicago’s line gets after the passer and has 4 sacks in consecutive weeks, so please run the damn ball – I’m begging you.
That’s it folks, pretty simple. When you look at the Pats record, this might not seem like a must-win. But when you look at its schedule, its pretty clear. Bill needs to take my advice this week and come out of this week 6-2.
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