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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.

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