I would think the defense would prefer a larger lead. Then they know the opposing offense has been forced to be one-dimensional and the DL can pin their ears backs and the safeties can ball hawk. PLUS you can get your backups in and get some reps and make them better, but I know that doesn't happen around here. Therefore, to me, playing this way in theory to protect the defense is actually doing the defense a disservice. And not to go off on a tangent, but speaking of 08, a lot of people like to say this year and last year's defenses may be the best of all time. No way. 2008 and 2009 were way better, IMO.