Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Belichick's anti-Torrey plan
By Tim Kavanagh
Part of the reason why the Baltimore Ravens were able to upset the Denver Broncos in last weekend's divisional AFC playoff game was the fact that they converted many deep pass plays. Second-year WR Torrey Smith was particularly troublesome to the Broncos, as he had 98 yards on just three receptions (two of which were touchdowns). So how will this week's opponent, the New England Patriots, combat this threat?
In the teams' first meeting of the season (back in Week 3), Smith exploded for six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. However, that was before the Patriots acquired Aqib Talib, who has been lining up against opposing No. 1 wideouts throughout his NFL career, and has been deployed in that role during his short tenure in New England as well.
Though Talib allowed Houston's Andre Johnson 95 yards on eight catches this past week, ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker believes that Talib will be the one manning up on Smith this upcoming Sunday, and we'll see if he can do any better than Champ Bailey.