Reality: The New England Patriots were down 24-0 at halftime and came back to defeat the Denver Broncos 34-31 in OT.
Perception: On the surface it appears the Broncos were dominant in the 1st half and the Patriots were dominant in the 2nd half. But that wasn’t totally the case. The amount of miscue’s goes to show that there are no truly “great teams” in the NFL. Even two of the teams with the best record play sloppy football and can be beaten. With the weather turning colder, you’ll see teams that had success earlier this year start to struggle. Cold weather teams usually find a way to beat warm weather teams and that has always played well for the Ravens.
Reality: Tyrod Taylor was 0 for 1 as a passer and that triggered a passer rating of 39.6. Geno Smith’s passer rating was 22.3.
Perception: That says more about Geno Smith than it does Tyrod Taylor. But Taylor is the talk of the town. Some love using Tyrod in the Wildcat, while others say you pay Joe Flacco $120 million to throw the football. For me, it’s more about how bad the running game is than using Tyrod to shake up the passing attack. But when the Ravens complete a long pass, why mess with whatever momentum you may have just gained by putting Taylor behind center. And they have no excuse with using the Wildcat in the Red Zone. I don’t mind using Taylor to mix things up a little, but I think that formation was used too much Sunday.