The Boston Globe this morning ran an article about how the Patriots passing attack performed, as well as how many blitzed. (http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2007/11/27/responding_to_pressure/) My additions are in bold. Some notes: New England averages 8.73 YPA this year New England averaged 6.7 YPA against Philly Against a 4 man rush (~45% of the time), the Pats averaged just about their game average. The Pats suffered the greatest drop-off in passing production against 5 and 6 man rushes (~41% of the time). The Pats passing production increased against 3 and 7 man rushes (~13% of the time). Only against a 7 man rush did NE fare better than their YTD YPA. It seems to me, that against a 3 man rush, Brady will sit back and pick you apart. Against a 7 man rush Brady will throw more incompletions, but the passes he hits will be for longer gains. Against everything in between, it seems that it is possible to disguise who is rushing and who isnt. This may surprise Brady, and lead to more sacks/hurries/knockdowns. My conclusion is that Philly did a pretty good job with the blitz. Big rushes and little rushes did not generate favorable results (for the Eagles) and heavy, but not all out rushes generated more favorable results (for the Eagles).