Pats vs. Ravens: Is Feeding Fred Taylor the Ball the Key to Victory?


Published: September 29, 2009

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... appears to have put it all together.

Tom Brady, to be frank, has not looked impressive over the past three weeks. He's missed throws, been skittish in the pocket, and got visibly frustrated during last week's win against the Falcons.

His receivers have been mediocre thus far. Joey Galloway has been a disaster. Randy Moss, despite some great catches, hasn't caught a deep pass. Wes Welker's been injured. Julian Edelman, despite doing a fair Welker impersonation, is inconsistent—he'll make a beautiful move on a defender on one play, then drop the ball on the next.

The team's running game, and Fred Taylor in particular, have looked rather good. Taylor rushed for over 100 yards against Atlanta, and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this year. When Taylor was rushing well, the offense looked in sync.

Given all these facts, one would conclude that a winning strategy would be to base the offense around Taylor next week.

This conclusion, however, would...

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