TOP is overrated. KC was 19th, and TN was 27th. KC was also 26th vs the run and TN is middle of the road.
I'd also point out that Balt is #1 in TOP, and #5 best vs the run (the team that was arguably the best combination of the two), and lost at home to a team that was 27th in TOP and middle of the road vs the run.
Point is, you need balance. Also, you say "our style"... We were middle of the road in TOP last year (15th), and likely only that high because we totally changed our style because we had a poor and limited QB. We were 23rd in 2018 with Luck, and I'd assume we're going to be somewhere in the range of 15-20th this year wit.h Rivers.
KC actually won TOP in the SB. 33:13 - 26:47 almost 7 minutes.
49ers led by 10pts until 6 minutes left in the game.
They also gave up 100yds to D Williams. Stopping the run was the second part of that formula I was talking about.
When playing a high flying opponent. TOP is definitely the formula you want to go with. Keep them off the field as much as possible.
SF wasn't able to win the TOP like they wanted to, and were still in position to win the SB. I agree they need more balance. Saying that I believe the Colts will have great balance when needed.
They choked down the stretch.
If we want to beat KC, we better win the TOP. That's all I know. TOP is the winning recipe when playing high flying teams. That doesn't mean you have to pound the ball to control the clock. Rivers is actually one of the best at using up the clock, even while running a balance O.
Really wasn't even any reason to clap back in the first place though. I was just making a simple point, as to why we could still get there if we have to go on the road.
Look at my first post about Pascal. I like the guy. Said so in my first post. I’m glad we have him. Said that too.
And yes, using him as a decoy in play action is a very good idea! He’s known for his excellent blocking on running plays.
I’m not a Pascal hater. I really do like the guy. Glad he’s a Colt.