Patriots @ Minnesota; ITP Thread.

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Patriots @ Vikings, 1PM EST

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  1. I’m personally looking at a few things today:
     
    1.) 3-4 defense? Please no.
     
    2.) Interior offensive line. Who’s the next man up?
     
    3.) Gronk snap count?
     
    4.) Can the defense generate any pressure this week?

  2. Some light reading on what to expect today:

    What the Patriots Passing Game may try today: http://soshcentral.com/nfl/this-week-in-passing-week-1-patriots-dolphins/

    What the Patriots Running Game may look like today: http://soshcentral.com/nfl/this-week-in-running-week-1-patriots-dolphins/

    Getting to know the Vikings Offense: http://soshcentral.com/nfl/know-your-enemy-the-vikings-offense/

    Getting to know the Vikings Defense: http://soshcentral.com/nfl/know-your-enemy-the-vikings-defense/

    Who is replacing Adrian Peterson for the Vikings: http://soshcentral.com/nfl/replacing-adrian-minnesotas-plan-b-and-plan-c/

    Enjoy the game and look for new articles like this on Football Central!

  3. I assume the Pats early week game planning called for shutting down Peterson, and make Cassell beat them through the air. Now that AP is shut-down, does the plan D focus shift to Patterson? And will Revis be used to that end?

    And great job with this site.

  4. Big things I’m looking for:
     
    Can the Pats control the LoS on either side of the ball?
    Can receivers other than Edelman and Gronk become more involved in the offense?
    Revis

  5.  
    Try it and find out!
     
    (yes. yes it does).

     I did. Earlier today I posted “there” (Football Central- Pats game thread)  around 11AM, but it didn’t post here. I posted here, and it also posted there.
    In either case:
    GO Pats.

  6. I’m interested to see how Belichick uses Revis today. As Revis ages, and with his prior injury, you’d have to think speed receivers are going to present the biggest problem to him, especially the youngsters. Patterson is one of those guys. I thought Revis actually did a pretty good job with Wallace last week, outside of the one double move, so we’ll see how they handle it this week. Does he still keep the two safeties deep? I don’t think that’s ideal, especially with Collins and Browner out, but maybe Peterson being out gives Belichick more confidence to play it safe(ty). We’ll see.

    Also, Devey is starting so FML.

  7. I think putting Revis on Jennings would be more useful as Cassel will be looking at Jennings on important passing downs. I think with Patterson’s speed, the Patriots would be better off using a team approach to neutralize him.

  8. Nice idea Darnell’s Son. Neutralizing Jennings entirely with Revis would leave Rudolph in the middle as the only other real threat to worry about consistently. It will be very interesting to see which Strong Safety is assigned to today’s game: Harmon, Chung or Tavon Wilson OR if one of the corners (Ryan, Arrington) has the deep zone on Rudolph’s side of the formation.

  9. Nice idea Darnell’s Son. Neutralizing Jennings entirely with Revis would leave Rudolph in the middle as the only other real threat to worry about consistently. It will be very interesting to see which Strong Safety is assigned to today’s game: Harmon, Chung or Tavon Wilson OR if one of the corners (Ryan, Arrington) has the deep zone on Rudolph’s side of the formation.

    Lol, I picked up the Jennings insight from some fledgling football site. Can’t remember the name of it…

  10. I think putting Revis on Jennings would be more useful as Cassel will be looking at Jennings on important passing downs. I think with Patterson’s speed, the Patriots would be better off using a team approach to neutralize him.

     
    Especially since Patterson isn’t much of a receiver proper yet.

  11.  
    Nip if I post “there” does it also show up “here” or vise versa?
     

    Yeah. This was actually my original goal w/ .com – a way to take load off during game threads. FC is on a separate server so effectively doubles how many users we can handle

  12. Scheme-wise they don’t have the size outside to really run 3-4, but they also don’t necessarily have speed to play 4-3.  I just don’t get it.   Clearly, BB knows all this and has a theory, but not clear to me what it is yet.

  13. I’m not sure if it’s just scheme (run on strong side of jumbo) or personnel (like Fleming). Either way, his role is pretty etched out right now, and he’s good at it.

     
    Looks like they’re using Fleming as the strong-side TE in their jumbo package, as they flipped him for the TD run.  

  14. Also, Minnesota isn’t talented enough to play straight-up. Their best chance is keeping the Pats off-balance as to whether they’ll throw or run. If NE can build a lead so Minny has to throw, it could get ugly.

  15. The optimist in me would counter that the Vikings looked lost at times against play-action, especially their LBs underneath, which is why they are running play-action and working those routes.  As for the screen on 3rd and 11, it’s basically a draw play to make sure they are in manageable FG range. Conservative but not too insane.  
     
    Again, that is the optimist in me.  

  16. The optimist in me would counter that the Vikings looked lost at times against play-action, especially their LBs underneath, which is why they are running play-action and working those routes.  As for the screen on 3rd and 11, it’s basically a draw play to make sure they are in manageable FG range. Conservative but not too insane.  
     
    Again, that is the optimist in me.  

    Or as stated above they have no confidence in the OL to do any 5 or 7 step drops. Either way, the Playbook shrinks down when the line can’t protect.

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