NFL: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls an audible during the second half against the Ravens on Nov. 3 in Baltimore.

By using an up-tempo attack, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense managed to get into a nice rhythm in the second and third quarters of the Ravens game.

Hitting the throttle and going “turbo” provided some of the best drives the unit has produced, even though the team ultimately lost.

Will they continue the trend against the Eagles on Sunday?

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels didn’t shoot down the notion. He just said there were a number of factors in play.

“I think tempo is one of those variables that you certainly can implement each week if you feel like it’s the right thing to do. I think some of that is dependent on our numbers, or our health in terms of how we need to play the game,” said McDaniels. “If we have players that that may affect in a negative way, then obviously you have to be careful and be smart about that and make good decisions. Sometimes, that’s certainly contingent upon what the other team does, how they play, how it may impact them.

“And at the end of the day, it’s one of the questions you ask yourself about: ‘Is this the best way for us to be productive on offense?’ which is ultimately the goal every week.”

The no-huddle was effective, in part, because it fatigued the Ravens’ defensive line and defense in general, and helped keep the pass rushers off Brady. Opponents have a hard time substituting players with the Patriots in the hurry-up. But the same is true for the Pats. Given all the checks at the line made by Brady, it’s also tougher for rookie receivers Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry to be involved.

“Certainly, it was something that we chose to do, and whether we choose to do it again and again is a whole other story,” said McDaniels. “Obviously, we didn’t win that game and we made plenty of mistakes and didn’t capitalize on all of our opportunities, so there’s a lot for us to work on in terms of technique and fundamentals, regardless of whether we’re playing fast or not. Ultimately, that’s what we’re after is trying to play our cleanest games of the year as we move forward.”

Ertz will get attention

Tight end Zach Ertz is a favorite target of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Thus far, he has 46 catches for 527 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Linebackers coach Jerod Mayo discussed the difficulty in defending Ertz.

“Anytime you have a player like Ertz or any of these guys, a special player like that, it’s not just one person ... it’s multiple people, covering him with different people, hitting him from different angles,” Mayo said Tuesday on a conference call. “You just can’t show him the same look.

“He’s been doing it — what now, this is year seven for Zach — and he’s been playing at a high level. So, definitely going to take all 11 guys on the field to try to slow him down.”