- Jul 15, 2005
Just like sometimes things look better than they actually were (blowouts vs. Lions and Browns, and some of last year's blowouts), sometimes things look worse than they actually were. I think yesterday's game falls into the latter bucket.[The people obsessing over the 3 points thing are way too focused on outcomes v process IMO]
The game reminded me a lot of SB 53 to be honest. Statistically a dominant performance, but several little miscues added up to prevent it from showing up on the scoreboard. The Pats should have probably put up upper teens or low 20s yesterday. Given the opposing defense, conditions, and opposing offense, that's a winning formula. But multiple holding calls, illegal formation, missed kicks (due to wind, but also somewhat due to Mac), Smith fumble... it all added up to not putting points on the board.
There is no arguing that they HAVE to do a better job of converting drives into points. And that Mac is part of the problem - primarily pocket awareness / mobility. I did think he stepped up a few times nicely around pressure yesterday - there was one where he found Rham on the near right sideline (the one where Rham made the first guy miss), and also on the 3rd down play to Meyers that fell incomplete (Mac did a nice job moving around the pocket, but ultimately I think his footwork was poor on the throw, which led to the incompletion).