With the game approximately 24 hours away, time to go inside the film room. As we did last week for the game against the Steelers, we are going to break down a drive from our opponent’s game from last week, and look to see if there are any tendencies to note for this week.
Note: The drive that has been chosen is not the drive that Tom Brady led to win the game in the waning moments. Frankly, it is too depressing to watch him do that again.
No, the drive we are going to take a look at is from the second quarter of last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots took over with 12:28 remaining in the quarter from their own 34 yard line:
First and ten from the Patriots’ 34 yard line: Brady lines up under center with two backs straight behind him and one receiver on either side of the line. Curtis Lofton comes off on a delayed blitz through the A-gap (between guard and center) to bring down Brady for an eight yard loss.
Second and eight from the Patriots’ 26: Brady lines up in the shotgun with one back next to him, and two receivers to either side. Danny Amendola comes off of the slot on the left side, runs an inside route, but Brady misses him to set up third down.
Third and eight from the Patriots’ 26: Brady lines up again from the shotgun, with one back next to him. This time, three receivers are lined up to Brady’s right. On the snap, he fakes a wide receiver screen to Amendola. Tom runs into a bit of trouble, but buys himself some time. Hoomanawanui alertly scrambles across the field with Brady and finds himself on the other end of his pass, and deftly picking up 19 yards to move the chains for New England.
First and ten from the Patriots’ 45: Brady brings his team to the line in a running formation, two receivers to the right and LeGarrette Blount directly behind him. Blount takes the handoff and tries the right side of the line, but he is stopped for a four yard loss: