New England Patriots Soundly Beat the Blitz vs. Texans and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots smiles from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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There aren't enough superlatives to describe Tom Brady's performance. One superlative, of course, would be "MVP."

Another would be, "surgical."

It was everything we've come to expect from Brady, but especially against the blitz.

A post on ESPN Boston highlights the marvelous day for the Patriots' offense, particularly for Brady against the blitz.

The stats don't lie; This season, Brady has been even better against a blitz than against a standard four-man rush.

The Texans tempted fate in that regard.

The Texans sent five or more pass rushers on 54.1 percent of Tom Brady’s dropbacks (20 of 37) Monday. Entering the game, the Texans had sent added pressure on 43.9 percent of dropbacks and allowed a Total QBR of 22.1, each of which were first in the league. 

Tom Brady threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns against five or more pass rushers in the first half en route to a 21-0 lead. Brady has now thrown a league-leading 18 touchdowns without an interception against added pressure this season. Matt Schaub was not as effective against five or more rushers Monday, as he threw an interception and fumbled on a sack. 

A stat graphic on the side of the page points out that Brady went 10-of-12 passing (83.3 percent) for 10.1 yards per attempt, three touchdowns and a 99.9 Total QBR (148.3 passer rating) against the blitz in the first half. Another graphic points out that Brady's final game stats against the blitz had the Patriots' quarterback completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 7.8 YPA and a 98.3 Total QBR.

The Patriots also converted six of their 12 opportunities on third down, a key area of focus headed into Monday's game.

Here's more news from the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston writes that the Patriots' defense has come of age, and is primed to help the Patriots, not hinder them, in the playoffs.

Matthew Jones of talks about the creative game plan that led to New England's win.


New York Jets

Jeff Capellini of points out three key players on the Jets' defense who have put the team on their back as they have made their late-season push.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York says that the Jets should take a look at the recently-released wide receiver Braylon Edwards. 


Buffalo Bills

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Bills running back C.J. Spiller doesn't understand head coach Chan Gailey's comments that the running back was "winded" in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

More from Graham, Gailey admits that the the Bills' running back rotation has felt "awkward" this season.

Chris Brown of points out that because of the injury to running back Fred Jackson, Spiller will likely see an increased workload.


Miami Dolphins

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes about the Dolphins' offensive struggles, which have left them with the league's 29th-ranked offense.

Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Devin Noonan lists some valuable lessons the Dolphins can still learn in their remaining three games.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.