Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
We have to play better down the stretch and we have to find a way to stop higher-caliber offenses and not get ourselves in out-of-hand situations against teams like the Patriots and Packers. But. This is a young team that is new to winning and it's in the process of developing a winning tradition and a winning identity. I'm cool with that. We just need to keep winning and keep getting better at it.
Certain teams, you can't let them get to big a lead. If they've got 10 points on you, there is pressure to score.
We got down by 5 early in the Denver game. Had we not scored when we did, it could have really been bad. GB & New England gave us opportunities to score early, but we pissed them away (GBs defense actually played that well). Our second game against New England, even though they had us on the score board, going into half time we still had some control.
Then we let
New England score on a 7 play drive that took all of 3 minutes to open the half. Our offense answers by going 3 & out. Defense steps it up & get us the ball back. We grind down the field for the next 4 & a half minutes to pick up about 50 yards. Then throw an INT.
Six plays later Brandon Lloyd is doing his touchdown dance.
6 possessions to open the third Qtr, New England got three, we got three. They scored on two out of three. We didn't score on any of ours.
Playing against a team that struggles with points, we can get away with that. We were 8th in ppg, They were 1st & it showed. FYI, Broncos were 2nd, GB was 5th, Baltimore was 10th.