After the New England Patriots’ disappointing 24-20 loss yesterday to the Miami Dolphins, I’m seeing a lot of negativity from Pats fans on the Facebook machine. While I understand and totally get where this negativity is coming from, everyone needs to chill out. Yea, the Patriots are a whole lot of what they are right now. But the good news is, outside of the Seattle Seahawks the NFL is the definition of mediocrity this year.
The Seahawks are easily the most complete team in the NFL right now and it’s not even really close. Yes, they have the most complete all around team. They’re led by a second year quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes (Russell Wilson), a throwback bruising running back (Marshawn Lynch), and a shutdown defense that includes probably the best secondary in the game.
Here’s the thing though – they have two real wins. They smashed the San Francisco 49ers earlier this year at home, and two weeks ago they facialized the New Orleans Saints, also at home. Their stadium is 1-2 with the Kansas City Chiefs for the most hostile place to play, and thus has one of the biggest home field advantage in the NFL. That’s all fine and dandy to GET to the Super Bowl. The problem will come when they have to play in the magical Kingdom of New Jersey in the Super Bowl. The other problem is of course that they are still coached by Pete Carroll, who will always be a complete joke until he wins a Super Bowl. The dude’s never won anything significant in his life. Even his "championships" at USC have been abandoned because it turns out the entire time he was cheating.
The odds for the Broncos to make the Super Bowl are ridiculous. Five to eleven?? This isn’t some gravy train that can’t be stopped. I can think of a million reasons why the Broncos won’t make the Super Bowl. For starters they’re led by Peyton Manning. Not only does he have a proven track record of defecating in his pants when the stage is the biggest, he also turtles in cold weather. The problem for him is that it gets cold in Denver during January. They’ve become the 2007 Patriots (except they’ve lost three times), and are clearly more set on breaking records than winning Super Bowls. Would anyone be surprised if they lost to the Colts, Chargers, Ravens, or Chiefs in their first playoff game? Not unless you haven’t been following Peyton’s entire career. He’s a professional choke artist, and he will choke again this year.
I had so much more confidence in the 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, and 2006 Patriots than I do with this squad. Without Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, and Jerrod Mayo they can’t stop anyone from running the ball. Without a healthy Aqib Talib and a non-incarcerated Alfonzo Dennard they won’t be able to stop the pass. God knows that Donte Hightower is the biggest disgrace in a Patriots uniform in years. He’s so bad that Nick Saban tells people that he went to Auburn. Additionally on offense their offensive line is injury raddled, and have been below average most of the season. We’ve seen what happens when Tom Brady doesn’t get protection. Their best running back has more turnover than the New York Public Schools, and all of their wide receivers are short and white, and none of them is named Rob Gronkowski. Oh yea, and Aaron Hernandez would probably come in handy right about now too.
Other than that I like this team a lot because of a few reasons. For starters they still have the Chosen One (Tom Brady) and the Hooded One (Bill Belichick). As long as you have have those two you can play with anyone. The biggest reason I believe in this team this year though is the way they’ve won and lost games. Ten of their 14 games this year have come down to the final drive. That’s an insane stat right there. Sometimes it doesn’t work out as we would’ve liked (Dolphins, Bengals, Panthers, Jets). Other times the Brady magic just carries us through (New Orleans, Cleveland, Buffalo, Jets, Broncos, Texans). All of their losses this year have been controversial. Gronk was molested in Carolina, Oh-Oh-Man was fondled yesterday, and of course "push gate" screwed us against the Jets.
This has taught them a lot though. I’d much rather go into the playoffs with this kind of resume than they did in ought seven. This team doesn’t have the talent or the personnel to play with teams like the Broncos, or even the Colts. But as long as they have Belichick and Brady, they’ll keep the score close. This team knows how to win close games, and could get home field throughout the playoffs if Peyton Manning acts like…..well, Peyton Manning. And if they get to the Super Bowl, does anyone in their right mind think that Belichick will be out coached by PT Carroll? Yea, right. That’ll be the day. Pats 5/1 to make the Super Bowl is the biggest gift Vegas has ever given. Get on that now.