1) The Pats can't stop the run Parker 21-124 (5.9) Davenport 6-33 (5.5) Statistics without context are a feast for simple minds. I had an earlier post about the Ravens game and this game was similar. Taking away meaningless carries at the end of each half and the numbers work out to: Parker 18-100 (5.5) Davenport 2-5 (2.5) Still good number for Parker, but half of those yards came on 2 carries. Not to minimze those carries but without them Parker's numbers are pretty pedestrian: Parker 16-51 (3.2) Saying that the Pats problem is losing focus and showing poor technique at points of the game, I would have to agree. Saying the Pats are struggling to stop the run is going too far. When they are locked in (check out the 4th quarter of games when the results are in doubt), they are actually quite solid. 2) Pats can't run the ball Maroney 8-18 (2.3) Looking at Maroney's first 4 runs, he was doing fairly well: 2, 10 (how strong was that run?), 2 (on 3rd and 1) and 3...4-17 (4.3 average). At this point, people in Third World countries without televisions or electricity know that when Brady is under center with Maroney behind him, they are going to run. Next play, Brady play-action to Maroney and Moss is literally 20 yards behind the safeties. Maroney didn't have a great game (next 2 runs got nothing) but he did what was asked of him, executed well and the team got positive results. The decision to go exclusively to the pass was based on matchups. How can you argue with the results? If the Pats had run Maroney 15 more times and got a 4.3 average, would the Pats have won the game? Probably, but it likely would have been much closer. 3) Maroney is a terrible runner "He has horrible vision and can't see the holes. He never busts runs outside or gets into space." These statements make the assumption that Maroney isn't running exactly where the coaches want. Can anyone name an instance where a player executes a play incorrectly (regardless of results) and the coaches kept putting them in the same position? Didn't think so. Maroney runs almost exclusively over the guards or in the A gap. Not hesitant or looking around to find a hole. Do I think this is the best use of his skills? Nope, but I'm not responsible for building gameplans that have to work now and into the playoffs. Maroney is doing what has been asked of him and not making mistakes (0 fumbles in 130 touches). The Pats are choosing to put together a passing offense, not forced into it by an ineffectual rushing attack. Record-setting results and an undefeated record should be enough to validate their decision. Maroney is steady, if unspectacular. Bust on him for his execution within the gameplan...but don't kill him based on your expectations of what a 1st round pick should be doing. 4) Tony Romo is the 3rd best QB in the NFL Romo is 0-1 in the playoffs. I'm not so much hung up on the 0 wins as I am on the 1 opportunity. The Cowboys have a very good team (with a distinctive Tuna aroma) and Romo has helped win the games they were supposed to win. There is a lot to be said for doing just that...but that shouldn't be the bar set for being considered "elite". Romo is a fine player and is set up in a terrible NFC to take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. Let's wait for the final exam before handing out grades.