News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

Patriots pressure will be key to stopping the Rams' long-developing routes

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) on the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

This postseason, Tom Brady has got the ball out of his hand in 2.18 seconds on average. It’s nearly impossible to generate any kind of consistent pressure with the ball getting out that quickly which, in turn, puts pressure on the secondary to play tight and disrupt the receivers to force the quarterback to hold on to the ball. However, when a defense gets a matchup with a quarterback that holds on to the ball longer by choice so that his receivers can get open downfield on longer-developing routes, that is when a pass rush has a chance to disrupt. The New England Patriots will get that opportunity in Atlanta against the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff.

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

NFL Featured Tools

  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

  • In-depth analysis and PFF metrics for NFL quarterbacks from the 2019 season.

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2020 draft class.

  • NFL free agent rankings with analysis, projected salaries, PFF grades and PFF WAR.

PFF Edge
Unlock Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft
Learn More
$39.99 / yr
$9.99 / mo
PFF Elite
Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS
Learn More
$199.99 / yr
$34.99 / mo