I have always said to those around me that the Patriots are the chameleons of the NFL. They can beat you in a variety of ways and change their game plan week-to-week better than anyone else in the league. Sunday's strategy was a full on aggressive attack on both sides of the ball. The offense was tasked with scoring early and often - a task that they completed with flair! The Patriots put up 40 points - but it easily could have gotten to 50+ had 2-3 plays throughout the game not fallen short (i.e. Scott Chandler's 2 TD passes, both incomplete).
The defense was just as aggressive - dialing up the blitzes and putting pressure on Tyrod Taylor - which forced a few turnovers and many 3 and out situations.
This is a strategy that Tom Brady is more than happy with. When speaking with Dennis and Callahan on WEEI's Monday morning show, Tom went into a bit more detail about the offensive strategy and how it played to their advantage.
Similar to the style the Patriots used against the Seahawks in the SuperBowl, there were a lot of short to mid-range passes and not a lot of running the ball. Why even attempt to run the ball into the wall that is the Bill's front 4? That would only play into their strengths, and if there is one thing the Patriots do very well, it's take away your strengths.
A recent article by Phil Perry of CSNNE highlights a few specific plays that speaks to the aggressive nature of the Pats' attack, if you would like to get into more detail.
As a fan of the Patriots - I have to say I agree with the strategy, and I absolutely love it when the Pats are aggressive. Going for it on 4th down, going for the TD instead of the FG, and pressing the pedal to the metal no matter what the score, are all things I love to see out of my team. In today's NFL that is all about scoring - the duo of Gronkowski and Edelman making plays and scoring TDs is exactly what we need to keep up.
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