Originally Posted by thunderkyss
We expect the defense to play a full half, not just the first half. They gave up 13 points in the second half.
Think about the Chargers game. They gave up 21 points in the first half. They came out the second half & only allowed 7. That's part of the reason why we won the game. The offense had to do their part & score 24 in the second half.
We needed them to do the same thing against the Ravens. Their poor play (lots of penalties, off sides, Pass interference, poor 3rd down percentage, poor performance in the red zone) was overshadowed by the offenses ineptitude, but they did not play well enough to win in the second half.
The offense would have had to score 22 in the second half alone to win that game.
Part of that 21 in the first half was due to the offense turning the ball over with their backs against the EZ.
Defense also scored a TD that helped us win.
It's terribly asinine to keep bringing up the defense as they haven't been spectacular, but they haven't been craptacular either.
It's easier for an offense to make up for a bad half than a defense.
If an offense scores 0 points in a half but scores 30 in the other half, well they scored 30 points.
If defense gives up 28 in a half and pitched a shut out for the other, that still shows up as a bad game. Offense can more easily make up for mistakes and people look at the final result and go well we ended up with this.
On defense one slip up by a DB could mean 7. Short of scoring a TD themselves, there's no making up for that. And even then, you can't erase that 7 from the points scored against you.
There are several reasons that the comparisons between the two are silly.