Patriots Hurry-Up Offense Could Be Deadly vs. Ravens, and Other AFC East News
Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo called the Patriots offense a "gimmick," and although he apologized for his comments, it's worth mentioning that the Patriots have beaten opponents to death with that "gimmick" a lot this year.
It looks like the Ravens could be the next victim.
Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe expects a full-on assault with the no-huddle offense.
Full Monty “@thekiddm3: How much more no huddle do you expect to see Sunday? Especially with a guaranteed week off whether they win or lose”— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) January 14, 2013
There are plenty of reasons why; as "thekiddm3" points out, the Patriots will be off next week whether they win or lose, which gives them plenty of time to get the wind back in their sails if they go full-bore on the no-huddle.
Not only that, but after playing 188 snaps on defense over the past two games (94 in each game), an extensive no-huddle attack could be more than the Ravens can handle.
Their defense is aging; the starters average 28.3 years old, while their entire defense averages 27.
If all that wasn't enough, Baltimore has also made the trip across the country twice already. If the Patriots are able to keep the tempo high, the Ravens defense could be overwhelmed with exhaustion from an early stage.
The Patriots have run over 300 plays in the no-huddle this year, and were running 32.8 percent of their offense out of the no-huddle through Week 4 (via National Football Post), but they didn't fully unveil the full version of their no-huddle offense until roughly Weeks 4 and 5 against the Bills and Broncos, respectively.
The Patriots will not be showing the Ravens something they won't be able to see on tape, but they may not be ready for it at such a high pace.
Here's some more news from around the AFC East.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com explains why the Jets general manager job is more enticing than people might think.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective gives us his outlook for the 2013 Jets defense.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com points out that both the Patriots and the Ravens are expecting a different game than the last time around.
Field Yates of ESPN Boston reports on the addition of Brian Daboll to the offensive staff.
Armando Salgeuro of The Miami Herald shares some images of the proposed changes to SunLife Stadium.
Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Mario Cuadros breaks down where the Dolphins' salary cap space would be best spent.
Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Josh Cembellin explains why Mike Pettine's hiring as defensive coordinator will give the Bills defense a renewed sense of identity.
Nick St. Denis of AFC East Daily explains why the Bills fans and community were the biggest draws to prospective coaches.
Chris Ostrander of BuffaloWins.com hands out awards for the Bills season.
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 otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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