But if Mendy's stat line is 21 carries, 65 yards, no fumbles, I believe we win the game. If it's more like 25 and 100, no fumbles, I believe we win by two TDs, barring special teams fuck ups.
I'd say that's a pretty solid suggestion. In spite of the fumble and mediocre numbers Sat., Mendy did just enough to be a factor in the game. And the effort on the last TD was amazing.
In typical form, I am nervous because I am leaning towards the optimistic side of things. Here's why:
Dick LeBeau's defense in "Round 2" with an opponent.Ravens
Game 1: 320 total yards
Flacco: 24-37, 256, 1 td, 1 pic, 82 rating. 2 total turnovers. 70 rush. 30.31 TOP
Game 2: 269
Flacco: 17-33, 266, 1-0, 88 rate, 1 turnover. 54 rush. 25.52 TOP
(Also, factor in that over 100 yards came on two plays in the first half)
Game 3: 126
Flacco: 16-30, 125, 1-1, 61 rate. 3 turnovers. 35 rush. 25.32Browns
Game 1: 327
McCoy: 23-33, 281, 1-2, 80 rate. 3 tunrovers. 69 rush. 28.4
Game 2: 225
McCoy: 20-41, 209, 1-3, 41.6. 3 turnovers. 43 rush. 26.46Bengals
Game 1: 272
Carson Daly: 22-36, 248, 2-1, 88. 2 turnovers. 54 rush. 27.41
Game 2: 190
Carson: 20-32, 178, 1-3, 48. 3 turnovers. 34 rush. 25.29
I’m just putting some facts to what several people have already opined on this board. The second time around against DL’s Steel Curtain is a lot tougher than round one. I suspect that Dirty Sanchez will see a very different look than he did in December.
Special teams MUST shore up. We cannot let Brad Smith get the big return again. Squib it, pooch it, whatever you gotta do. I’ll take my chances with Dirty and ‘Stonio from the 38 rather than letting Smith run it right up the middle.
Also, cannot ignore the absence of Troy and Heat in game 1. Ben completed a lot of passes to our less-than-stellar backup TEs Spaeth and Johnson in that game, and even went to Spaeth on the final play. While both of those guys came around and played well, they had “dropsy” in the 1st qtr and still don’t equal Heat as threats. Against this Jets team, the TE might be a key.
And no question that Troy’s presence, even if he does not have a big play, will make a huge difference. Troy also tends to follow up a quiet performance with something other-worldly.
It’s gonna be another bloodbath this Sunday. I’m hoping that this team can equal the intensity of the second half vs. the Ravens. Having lost the first game should provide a little extra motivation for these guys to…um…stomp on the Jets’ toes.