For the 4-3 guys out there, that defense is effectively dead. Unless there is a te in the game, you are at a disadvantage in the passing game. You are insta subbing into nickel packages when the offense has 4 wr on the field.
I know everyone hates watching the offenses dink and dunk and run for yardage, but that is intentional by the defense.
There is a prevalent theory, actually factual, that yards do not win games. Time of possession does not either. Points do. And, the more plays an offense is on the field during a series, the less likely they are to score touchdowns. If you give up no plays of 20+ yards on a series, you won’t lose the series. With our offense scoring quickly, if we don’t give up big play touchdowns early in the game, we start stressing offenses and dictating what they do. This was exactly what we saw this game except for the last five mins of the game. Once we get ahead and it is late, they have to throw it right into the deep coverage which we are sitting on.
It is opposite of the complimentary football of the 80s and 90s, but our Offensive pressure now dictates the defensive style we run. Think Golden State warriors. They made so many threes that other teams had to shoot them too in higher numbers, which the warriors were waiting for, and thus fell further behind.