Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) fight to get out of bounds as he is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Defense Doesn’t Finish
Rob Ryan didn’t even want to talk to reporters, he just said, ‘I’m Just Sick’. That’s true.
On the final drive, there were just some bad plays. Tom Brady marched 70 yards with 1:13 left to win the game. When I say bad plays? Let’s start with Keenan Lewis wrapping up Aaron Dobson (pictured above), and allowed him to get out of bounds at the New Orleans 32. Had Lewis held him in, much more time would run off the clock.
On the Thompkins touchdown, Jabari Greer was beat on coverage, but there were several Saints in the secondary who were caught standing still, guarding no one. The end result? I don’t have to spell it out.
Some point the finger at clock management, and I can’t disagree there, especially putting a punt out of bounds.
Some positives? The defense did churn out 5 sacks on the day (Jenkins 1.5, Lofton 1, Jordan 1, Johnson 1, Humber .5), and held Tom Brady under 300 (no easy task). The defense also did not allow a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver. Also, Cam Jordan, who went out with injury, came back in after a slight scare.