After watching approximately 3 minuets of the Thursday night game, the conclusion was clear. MJD should be begging for a trade, Yates>> 10 to the Billionth power>> Goldilocks and why are the Kittens on TV? Seemingly the Falcons blow out of the Glitter Kitties would show favor to the Texans performance and victory against Atlanta. Our rookie quarterback was able to maintain this offense, and rely on the teams strengths of Running game/ WCO WR routes, and Stout Defense. (Exactly the way Baltimore did on its way to Super Bowl XXXV(maybe not the wco part))
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I think the minor difference between us and Baltimore is we would need to have home field advantage. IMO, having to travel to Baltimore in January sounds beyond tough. I have been led down the path that if we travel to Maine or where ever New England is we would stand a good chance, due to their old quarterback, and WR led defense. They have not had playoff success outside of their superbowl winning season in '07. As good they have been during the regular season, their post season success has not mirrored their previous superbowl season runs.
I happen to think this weekend is going to be a ginormous test for this years Texans. Who have been ,historically, terrible against mobile style quarterbacks. The Panters bring the NFL's only three headed rushing attack, Tebows only have two backs. You could argue the Texans have three backs that can plug in and play any snap, but the Panthers have three legitimate threats at running the ball on any snap. Paired with what some consider to be ,still, super star Steve Smith gunning for over the top routes. As well as two tight ends to occupy the linebacking core, has all the makings of a considerable late season test.
Being $cam is a rookie and will be playing in a very unfriendly environment, and against a very unfriendly opponent I like our odds. The Carolina defense has been just as decimated to the Injury gods as our own, should be there undoing. TJ Yates will come out throwing, as he has ever game he has started. One can only hope he keeps his composure, and leads this team to an early touch down scoring drive. Fostate will need to be the more dominate running back duo for the Texans to force their will. Which is owning the time of possession, and applying pressure on the oppositions quarterback.
My very bare essentials defensive game plan this weekend would be, not so much Sacking Cam Newton but pressuring him into bad decisions. The interior of the front seven will need to contain the running lanes, and have a eye on Cam all on snaps. The exterior needs to have solid pressure but not over pressing allowing Cam running lanes. With one player being such a focal point of offense, shutting him down is essential. Taking the running game away from the Panthers, including the QB on busted plays will win the game for the Good guys.
For the Pamplona Offense, Super Simple. Establish a running game, either on misdirection play actions, or straight forward poundage. Eliminate stupid pentalies that would put the rookie quarterback in a bad postion, and protect the football.
I don't expect to find the Atlanta win covered any other way than, as they have played rookie quarterbacks, and better football in general. In compared to the Texans who continue to shut down teams week in and week out, with players becoming injured week in and week out. TJ Yates continues to win and headlines will follow, a number one seed and publicity will follow. But who really wants all that?