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Throw for show, run for dough.

Posted: 1/21/2013 7:34 PM

Throw for show, run for dough. 


Interesting article.
49ers and Rats won with D and running. 1970s football. I still say Hou could have played the Rat game as good as the Rats, and even if they lost, it would have been more interesting to watch.

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/is-d efense-and-running-still-the-key-to-winning-in-the -n-f-l/

In the end, New England and Atlanta fell short with their high-powered offenses, while the 49ers and the Ravens used their stout defenses and strong running games — in addition to opportunistic passing games — to turn the tide and pull out victories in hostile environments.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:50 PM

Re: Throw for show, run for dough. 


Could be.  One way or another, though, we need to score more points.  28 points won both games yesterday and we scored that many just twice in 16 games this season.

1/6/04 Rest in peace "Daddy Wags." May perpetual light shine upon you.

"It's alright to have a hitch in your swing, but when you have a flaw in your hitch, you're in trouble." - Leon Wagner

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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:42 AM

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Meh.

The Ravens had 560 PA in 2012 compared to 444 RA, giving them a pass to run balance of close to 56%.  They were middle of pack in both passing and rushing attempts.  SF had a balance of almost exactly 50%, IIRC they ran the ball 436 times, only 7 more times than they passed it.  SF had the 4th most rushing attempts this season, they also had a very high YPC AND were 2nd in the league in YPA.

Articles like this seem to want to ignore circumstance in games that impact match ups, play calling and results in general.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:46 PM

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Fails to recognize the Pats had a good running game. Some of the analysts I read gave the running game edge to the Pats. They had a committee to run the ball and iirc had better running stats and a greater likelihood of running the ball on the ravens than having the ball run on them.  Reportedly, this was the best running offense the Pats had since their last SB win.

The failure of the receivers to connect on several 3rd and 2s did the pats offense in.  The short game in the WCO is a substitute and a companion to the running game. Too many drops on short yardage. The Pats offense never got going and it wasn't because the Pats didn't have a running game. It just didn't get untracked do to the short passing game faillings. It is part of the running game.
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