Originally Posted by grux
1. Ravens were the better team today. They were more physical and didn't play to lose.
2. Talib - I would only sign him if he takes a BIG home town discount. He just can't stay on the field.
3. Welker - The pats have a tough decision but my gut feeling is he is gone. The drop today was brutal.
Welker had 8 catches for 117 yds and a TD and took an absolute beating today. Yes, he had one enormous drop, but otherwise he was a stud today.
The reasons, IMO, the Pats lost:
1. Terrible red zone offense. 6 trips inside the 25, 4 inside the red zone, and a total of 1 TD out of that? Abysmal.
2. Awful, awful clock management to end the first half. Could have had 7, settled for 3. Big difference between 17-7 and 13-7, b/c at 13-7 if the Ravens score a TD they have the lead. Came back to bite them for sure.
3. Injuries. Losing Talib was HUGE. Ridley's injury directly and immediately led to a gigantic turnover that made it an 8-point lead for Baltimore. Not his fault....dude got knocked out. But it still mattered a ton.
4. Turnovers and bad luck. The Pats had two key turnovers (not counting the last one that didn't really matter). One on a freak knock out play where Ridley's arm and the ball hit his knee, not the ground, and the other on a tipped pass (naturally!). But down 3-0 in the turnover department (2-0 when the game was still in doubt)....you just can't do that and expect to win.
I thought for the most part they did a pretty good job against the run (Ravens had 3.7 ypc), but Flacco was terrific.
I don't ever want to see in this or any other fans' forum the notion that the Pats have a decisive advantage at QB. Not because Brady isn't, on the whole, better than the guy on the other team, but because in any given game, the other team's QB very well may have a really good game and Brady may not. We've seen it enough now to know that that's a very real possibility.
Well, time to regroup, have a good draft, get a better defense, and hope that the injuries don't pile up again at the wrong time.