How the Patriots Can Keep the Broncos Pass Rush Off Tom Brady

November 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New England Patriots relied on strong defensive efforts earlier in the season while their offense continued to find its identity and its groove. Injuries on defense, and the return of key players on offense, have turned the tables.
Up against a Denver Broncos offense that has scored points at will for most of the season, it will be up to quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to keep pace.
Over the past three weeks, Brady has proven that he's not ready to go gently into that goodnight, but he isn't going gently to the turf in the face of a heavy pass rush this season—one of the league's best is one of the league's worst under pressure.
The Broncos have a modest 29 sacks this season, and their sack rate of 6.7 percent is right around the league average. The Patriots, on the flip side, are not the stellar pass-blocking offensive line we've seen in years past, yielding 28 sacks of Brady for a 6.9 percent rate.
While Denver may not have an elite pass r...

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