Originally Posted by TeamPats
I do believe there is truth that Belichick is runing up the TD total of Brady.
I disagree. Brady seems to be out there less and less than ever. Belichick realizes that since we have no red zone defense, and Seymour and Harrison haven't been 100% yet, and our offense is unstoppable, that we should trust an extra TD or two to help us win, rather than having to rely on our goal-line stand.
Chance of Brady to score an extra touch down without throwing an INT or fumbling the ball? About 80% is my guess. Chance of forcing even an injured Miami offense into kicking a field goal in the red zone? Basically 0.
When we could stop the opponents in the red zone, we forced them to kick and could win by 3 or 10 points. Now, we have to assume the other team will score a touch down on every mid-field drive until we get Seymour and Harrison at 100%.
On top of that, I don't think it's just that the defense is worse. I really think Belichick has made a few strategical changes to the defensive goals for every game on account of our offense being so good. He likely doesn't care about the red zone defense as much as he used to. Nor is he going to pay tons of money to get players who are great goal line defenders. Instead, he's adjusting to the fact that the money will be spent on our offense next year, so let's play it that way this year.
Therefore, let's see what the team can do. Let's see if it's true that the Patriots can stay alive by staying ahead by a wide scoring margin. Belichick needs to see what the team can do. This offense IS our red zone defense for the next few years, and BB isn't going to fight it just to "make it look like the 2003 team."