I hit up Jamie over at Musket Fire to get a little insight for this weekend’s game against the Patriots. Here is a little Q&A that we did:
1. Do you remember the last time your team won a game in the playoffs? (I do know what it was and it makes me sad)
Of course I do! It was part of the what-could-have-been perfect season in the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers. It does seem like a distant memory at this point and I think the lack of playoff victories prompted all of the offseason moves the Patriots made.
3 416 passing yards allowed to Chad Henne? Is it the Patriots plan to try and outscore everyone in a shootout?
4 Ocho Cinco with only 1 catch in that pass happiness on Monday. Should we expect anything different from him?
5 How do you beat this year’s Patriots?
Norv Turner said it in his conference call: pressure Tom Brady. The team is riding on his back right now and if he’s off, we’ve yet to see anybody else step up, be it in the running game or on defense. You have to get Tom off his point and out of the pocket. He’s tremendous at sliding away from pressure in the pocket but if there is no pocket, he’s in trouble. Pressure combined with short- to mid-zone coverage (unless you think you can match up man-to-man) is the recipe until proven otherwise.