Youre only as strong as your weakest link especially on defense in the secondary
The dude gave up 2 touchdowns and over 100 yards not mention countless receptions
Losing your 3rd corner doesn't matter though?
But Tom was great regardless
Each of those teams were the top ranked #1 D when they faced the Patriots. First Bengals, then Bills, Lions, Seahawks.
Josh's finest hour yesterday too.
I see what he's saying, but for yesterday's game it honestly did not matter if they fully healthy or not. It's not like New England chose to go after them since they were hurt. Pats gameplan was to quickly attack the soft spots in Seattle's zone and feed the ball to Gronk when he was single-covered. The plan called to avoid throwing to receivers Sherman covered and limit passing plays from Earl's range. Sherman and Earl were neutralized long before they even hit the field. They weren't allowed to make plays out of respect for their ability, not injuries.
It is a part of the game though. Just one of those things that luckily went our way this season, just like it did for Seattle last year, etc.
EDIT: Only speaking on Earl Thomas and Sherm. Lane & Avril injuries are obviously different.