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  1. PatsFaninAZ

    PatsFaninAZ Rookie

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    Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. See, for example, San Diego. Sometimes, it's greater than the sum of its parts. See, for example, the Patriots (all ranks out of 32, obviously):

    Points: 1st
    Yards: 13th
    Pass yards: 11th
    Pass yards/att: 4th
    Rush yards per attempt: 13th
    Third down efficiency: 4th
    Fourth down efficiency: 3d
    First downs: 9th

    Punt average: 16th
    Punt net average: 12th
    Kick return average: 20th
    Punt return average: 11th

    Points defense: 18th
    Yards defense: 31st
    Pass yards defense: 31st
    Rush yards per attempt defense: 19th
    Third down defense: 32d
    Fourth down defense: 28th
    Sacks: 24th

    Opponents' kick return avg: 19th
    Opponents' punt return avg: 7th
    FG efficiency: 12th

    Takeaways: 7th
    Giveaways: 1st
    Turnover +/-: 2d
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  2. Metaphors

    Metaphors Rookie

    Oct 10, 2005
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    I think the strength of this team is the ability to manage the end zone...

    TDs: 48 (1st)...side note, the difference between #1 and #2 Indy (38) is the same as the difference between #2 and #22 Cincy (28)
    TDs allowed: 31 (16th-tied)

    If you can get into the end zone consistently and do a decent job of keeping your opponents out, it really gets into the head of your opponent (exhibit A last night). FGs are fine but they almost feel like a small victory for a defense.

    The 2007 team was amazing in its ability to score from anywhere, but good teams seemed to believe they could win by getting enough pressure to stop the long stuff...and the Giants actually pulled it off. This team seems immune to that when they are on their game.
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