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Powerful Patriots looking like Super Bowl contenders

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In case there was any doubt, the New England Patriots are really, really good.

It hasn’t always looked that way this season, but as we turn the calendar from November to December, the Patriots are where they so often have been over the last decade: At the top of the AFC.

Today’s 38-20 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia made it crystal clear that the Patriots are going to be a tough team to beat this postseason, with an explosive passing game and a defense that, while far from perfect, can make stops when it needs to.

The best player at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, of course, was Tom Brady, who completed 24 of 34 passes for 361 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots’ passing game was fantastic.

The Patriots’ defense did give up 400 passing yards to Vince Young, but many of those yards were in garbage time, and for the most part the Patriots held Young in check when it counted. New England’s defense also had a great game plan for LeSean McCoy, who gained just 31 yards on 10 carries.

Right now, the Patriots look like the leading contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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  1. mulxedge says: Nov 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    i thought the dynasty was really over this time

  2. ButkisMyDick says: Nov 27, 2011 7:39 PM

    “Tom Brady’s line: 24 for 34, 361 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 134.6 QB rtg”

    I think his elbow is feeling better now. The no-name defense also got it done again somehow…

  3. robolundgren says: Nov 27, 2011 7:39 PM

    Their game plan to stop McCoy was to have Andy Reid coach the Eagles so they wouldn’t hand it to him.

  4. goinghamonit128 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:41 PM

    Only the 7th team to like so powerful against the Eagles yet this season. 1 and done again come January for NE. NO defense.

  5. turdfurgerson68 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    All the hype is nice; the media loves to pump them up this time of year; the Patriots need to get out of the 1st round of the playoffs before any talking can start.

    I suspect they’ll be focused come January.

  6. trbowman says: Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    “Right now, the Patriots look like the leading contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

    We say that every year, and every year they choke in the playoffs.

  7. norcalmafia says: Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    UM the Eagles make alot of teams look like sb contenders…NE cant make it past Baltimore or the Steelers with that defense…and they cant beat the Pack or the Niners either…

  8. Soulman45 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:45 PM

    Frist to say
    The Pats are good almost as good as
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS

  9. uwachampion says: Nov 27, 2011 7:46 PM

    I love how when the Pats play crappy teams and win they look “powerful” and like “contenders”. The Pats days are over.

  10. up2highhell says: Nov 27, 2011 7:46 PM

    The Ravens would beat the Patriots in Foxboro or Baltimore.

  11. sschmiggles says: Nov 27, 2011 7:50 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    UM the Eagles make alot of teams look like sb contenders…NE cant make it past Baltimore or the Steelers with that defense
    ____________________

    The same Steelers that only scored 2 field goals in the second half of the Pats game this year?

    Pats can beat anyone in the playoffs. Steelers and Ravens are good, but they’re definitely not invincible. Not even against NE’s “lowly” defense.

  12. fanisy says: Nov 27, 2011 7:51 PM

    This is the thing the people don’t realize about the Pats. They are the smartest team in the NFL, and they do the most with a lot of limited talent for a supposed Super Bowl contender. So, they can make even good teams look silly, but when they face a team with talent and a bit of smarts, then the disparity will be noticed. Basically anytime in the Playoffs.

  13. afc22 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:51 PM

    so now that embarrassing loss to Pittsburgh, and the fears all Pats fans had about their crap defense, is all gone because they’ve beaten up on 3 teams with lousy QBs?

  14. bosstown1 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:51 PM

    No team is ever unstoppable, but Green Bay is close this year. Pats have stumbled in recent playoff showings, but a lot of that has to do with their match ups. Its no secret, they struggle against the most physical teams. They will be fine against teams like bengals/steelers(doubt they lose twice to them)texans, but ravens/jets style teams are the ones that know how to hit brady and make them play from behind…which they kinda suck at now that the defense aint what it used to be during the championship years

  15. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 27, 2011 7:53 PM

    I am pats fan and I am still not sold on pats for a superbowl… their pass defense is quite bad… they lost to giants, steelers and buffalo… both giants and steelers have very good pass defense….

    If you can slow down brady, this team will be un trouble…

  16. patriotinvasion says: Nov 27, 2011 7:54 PM

    The New England Patriots are now 61-19 since ESPN over blew the “spy gate story” that gave all of you haters a pants tent. Have they won a Super Bowl since? No, but they were…you know, like 1 miraculous helmet catch from going 19-0…and then proceeded to lose Bruschi, Harrison, Vrabel, Seymour, Brown, Samuel, Wilson and just about every other major defensive contributor to their 3 Super Bowl titles.

    Then there was that whole not having Brady for an entire season thing. I’d say they’ve done all right. 28 other teams haven’t won a Super Bowl since “spygate” either….

  17. James Myers says: Nov 27, 2011 7:54 PM

    Their D still stinks. I hear defense comes in handy around playoff time.

  18. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    Is anybody out there as tired as Iam watching the Steelers on Sunday Night Football ?

  19. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    It was just against the dream team, don’t get too excited.

  20. sneschalmers says: Nov 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    Eh while the Pats’ offense looked downright unstoppable, their defense looked atrocious. Off the top of my head: Desean Jackson dropped 2 sure touchdowns; Molden was beat on his interception, he got lucky that Vince Young under threw it. Against teams with better offenses, it won’t be so easy.

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    In other news: The Eagles ARE IN EMBARRASSMENT.

    This has got to be the biggest let down in NFL history (Yep! higher than the Cowboys last year, when they were slated to host their first Super Bowl).

  22. otis52gsh says: Nov 27, 2011 7:56 PM

    When you have a team that is under control of the coach, have players that play smart and don’t stomp around whining when thing don’t go exactly their way, you have a winner. Other teams should pay attention to the winners in the league, like the pats, steelers, 49ers, packers, and dallas.

  23. purpleattack says: Nov 27, 2011 7:56 PM

    “Right now, the Patriots look like the leading contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.”

    Right, one week it’s the Steelers, next the Ravens, now the Patriots. It’ll all play itself out pretty soon.

  24. bostonsports11 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:57 PM

    trbowman…

    “We say that every year, and every year they choke in the playoffs.”
    Hey idiot I mean trbowman…

    yup you’re right…except for the 3 SUPER BOWL rings they have, another SUPER BOWL appearance and 2 one and outs…you’re right, horrible record…I am sure you’re team can say the same in the last 10 years…

  25. Henry says: Nov 27, 2011 8:00 PM

    “We say that every year, and every year they choke in the playoffs”…..

    Except for 2001, 2003, and 2004 dude!

  26. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:11 PM

    the patriots looked incredible today, give them props. their offense is always a threat with brady, and the 2 tightend set with gronkowski and hernandez, coupled with welker in the slot, and branch making plays.

    However, this also happened last season. 14-2. looked unstoppable, and then one dud in the playoffs and they were history.

    right now, the patriots deffinetly look good and are a lock for the playoffs, but i would have to say the ravens with the ferocious pass rush, very strong run game, and more than capable pass game will be the team to beat in the afc playoffs.

  27. bosstown1 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:12 PM

    Im almost hoping MY patriots lose at some point before reaching the super bowl……..cuz if they go, the Packers will be waiting and will throw for maybe 8 touchdowns. It’ll be like the beatdown they received from da Bears!

  28. gallyhatch says: Nov 27, 2011 8:16 PM

    I’ll believe in them when they win in January (& I’m a Pats fan)

  29. sizzleownsbigben says: Nov 27, 2011 8:16 PM

    The Pats defense is the worst out of the “top” AFC teams as well. They have a chance against the Steelers because they have a sub par defensive back field. The Ravens on the other hand have a good front seven and a solid secondary. Them getting home field thru out the playoffs doesn’t worry me either.

  30. patriotinvasion says: Nov 27, 2011 8:18 PM

    ^^^Not to mention the fact that the Patriots are doing this with 16 of 22 DIFFERENT starters than they had in 2007. Rebuilding on the fly….

  31. bignuke says: Nov 27, 2011 8:18 PM

    Wow…and I thought the “Patriots are Super Bowl Contenders” hype would be closer to the end of the season rather than now. Three facts about NE to digest…

    Fact 1 – They have a very, very easy schedule the rest of the way. They could win out. Not because they are “awesome”, but because they’re competition sucks.

    Fact 2 – Speaking of competition, I remember not too long ago they got stuffed by the Steelers and the Giants. Same team.

    Fact 3 – NO defense. None. Zilch. Nada.

    NE will once again be one and done in the playoffs. Everyone just sit back, relax, and watch the media and Patriot fans get all amp’d up. That’ll be must see TV right there!

  32. rogerbrad says: Nov 27, 2011 8:20 PM

    There are 3 AFC teams that are 8-3. So give it a break on the Patriots…

  33. jgrange08 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:21 PM

    It’s been 7 years since they won a super bowl…you can’t say dynasty is still alive

  34. j0esixpack says: Nov 27, 2011 8:28 PM

    For once, as a Patriots fan, I agree with the “haters.”

    Until the Patriots can show they can perform against one of the elite team, this banged up bunch of backups on defense hasn’t proven anything.

    That being said, this banged up bunch of backups is playing as a team, and is a Top 10 defense when looking at the all important “points scored” category – and probably much higher than that if you look at their last 3 games.

  35. tdrundmc says: Nov 27, 2011 8:29 PM

    another year of the patriots padding their stats against garbage teams and losing early in the playoffs.

  36. brintfatre says: Nov 27, 2011 8:41 PM

    If they meet Green Bay, Saints, or SF in the SB they won’t stand a chance with that D. I like the Pats but they don’t look like SB champs to me…

  37. emoney826 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:42 PM

    Packers v. Patriots this year in the Super Bowl. Love them or hate them, this would be one hell of a game.

    Patriots are the only team who can make the game somewhat close.

  38. zonedogz says: Nov 27, 2011 8:43 PM

    Powerful Patriots Defense? The Bills beat the Eagles and the Pats too for that matter. We’ll see how powerful they are when they see the Ravens or Steelers in the playoffs!

  39. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:49 PM

    to emoney826,

    u think the pats are the only team that can make that game close?

    the ravens with their pass rush can cause all types of problems for rodgers and the packers offense, coupled with their more than capable offense. i disagree that pats are the only team that can beat the packers.

  40. t1mmy10 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:50 PM

    is it because of their convincing back to back wins against teams below .500 who also have backup qbs starting because of injuries?

  41. changeup39 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:51 PM

    Isn’t this exactly how last year played out? A dominating performance towards the end of the season…followed by a prompt one and done in the playoffs?

  42. sean6886 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:56 PM

    At this point, I believe the Pats will represent the AFC in the SB, but the Packers will beat them.
    I’m neither a Packer or Pats fan.

  43. watermelon1 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:01 PM

    The Steelers beat the Patriots this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice.

    All three of those teams are most likely making the playoffs. I’d say the Patriots will have their work cut-out for them. And out of those 3, they look the weakest of the three teams when they have to face each other.

    Then you have wildcard Houston. Houston beat the Steelers, and lost to the Ravens without Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.

    Right now they have kept quiet about going after a veteran QB. You know… that #4 guy. But now that they lost their starting and back-up QB for the season… and they finally have a chance to win their division and make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history… I’d say FAVRE WATCH is a lot more alive than the haters want to admit!

  44. rushmatic says: Nov 27, 2011 9:11 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM
    UM the Eagles make alot of teams look like sb contenders…NE cant make it past Baltimore or the Steelers with that defense…and they cant beat the Pack or the Niners either…

    _________________

    Niners, haha! They’re not in this discussion.

    The Ravens and Pack are a concern for Pats fans, though. Should be a fun postseason to watch. We have some guys getting healthy in that secondary really, really soon.

  45. natefalkirk says: Nov 27, 2011 9:14 PM

    up2highhell says:

    “The Ravens would beat NE in Foxboro or Baltimore”

    I say: Depends which Joe Flacco shows up.

  46. sschmiggles says: Nov 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    These haters are going to look real stupid when the Patriots upset the overrated AFC North in the playoffs this year.

    We lost to the Steelers by one score and a safety that the refs gave to Pitt. They won’t catch us off guard again.

    Joe Flacco couldn’t scare a Pop Warner defense.

  47. iclubseals says: Nov 27, 2011 9:41 PM

    Rarely do you ever see a team win the Super Bowl with a defense as pathetic as New England’s.

  48. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:44 PM

    at natefalkirk,

    joe flacco does not even need to play a great game to beat the pats in foxboro in jan.

    if you remember the last time they met in the playoffs, flacco actually played pretty poorly, but ray rice had a monster game and their defense was stout.

    if that recipe worked back then, no reason it cant work now.

  49. apatfanforever says: Nov 27, 2011 9:47 PM

    If you listened to B.B.’s post game conference ,he talked about that the defense is not where he would want it to be . There is a lot of work to be done . Don’t forget that McCourty and Chung are both out and their return could make a big difference come playoff time . Also the experience that these d-backs are getting now could pay dividends . However most of the comments regarding their pass defense being weak is very troubling and the front line still has to show the ability to put more pressure on the quarterback if the Patriots want to advance in the playoffs.

  50. portnoychunk says: Nov 27, 2011 9:52 PM

    OK – Pats lost to Pittsburgh by a touchdown in Pittsburgh and played as badly as they’ve played all year in that game. Baltimore has lost to Jacksonville and Seattle……any given Sunday, meaning if the Pats play Baltimore or Pittsburgh come playoff time, anything is possible. Their Defense should be getting healthier in the next few weeks as well. Beating the Packers….that may be a different story.

  51. portnoychunk says: Nov 27, 2011 9:55 PM

    miamidolphins1 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:44 PM

    at natefalkirk,

    joe flacco does not even need to play a great game to beat the pats in foxboro in jan.

    if you remember the last time they met in the playoffs, flacco actually played pretty poorly, but ray rice had a monster game and their defense was stout.

    if that recipe worked back then, no reason it cant work now.

    ^^^^^^^
    Right, because if we’ve learned anything it’s that the exact same thing always works in the NFL and teams are completely incapable of making adjustments.

  52. emoney826 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:09 PM

    Miamidolphims1,

    You mean the same ravens team that can’t beat the seahawks and other weak teams? The ravens offense is a joke. And I never said the patriots could beat the packers. I said they could somewhat keep up with them. In the end, nobody can beat the packers. Sorry but it just isn’t anyones year but the packers. No reason not to try though.

  53. bamasleeper13 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:21 PM

    Here is a question, if someone can answer it for me, if a player goes into the HOF, does he go in as a member of the last team he played on? Or do they just list all of he teams they were on?

  54. patsfiend says: Nov 27, 2011 10:40 PM

    Last year they were 14-2, Brady was the unanimous MVP, and they beat every single decent playoff team in what was a tough regular season schedule… and they promptly (and convincingly) lost at home to the Yets.

    Let’s not start licking each other’s popsicles just yet.

  55. mrconnors says: Nov 27, 2011 10:49 PM

    The Patriots “worst defense in the history of the universe” is currently 10th in points allowed. I wasn’t aware that yards were the determining factor in a game.

  56. philrat says: Nov 27, 2011 10:59 PM

    Pats will be lucky to get to the conference title game this year or even to win one playoff game. No defense and can’t run the ball.

  57. ken2016 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:05 PM

    The pats out first round playoffs. They can’t funtion without that by-week.

  58. dukemarc says: Nov 27, 2011 11:16 PM

    I predict PFT posting stories in mid-January with title like, “Does Brady still have it when it really means something?” and “Belichek playoff failures piling up”.

  59. deconjonesbitchslap says: Nov 27, 2011 11:21 PM

    doesn’t matter. nobody is beating the Packers. this year, or next year. or the next. i don’t know how the packers will ever lose, unless Rodgers throws 4 or 5 picks in a game. and judging he hasn’t thrown 4 picks this year, that isn’t happening.

    they are the going to go on a run like the Celtics did. and i hate admitting this. but i am right.

  60. kurb21 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:22 PM

    I am a Pats fan, and I think I speak for all of the fans, the players, the coaches and the owner when I say:

    No one cares about anything the media says or what people think of the Patriots until the playoffs.

  61. patriotera says: Nov 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    Of course. As soon as I found out I would be deployed for the whole season I said they would make it. I may not be able to watch, but it is still awsome!

  62. kate773 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:30 PM

    Where does GB’s defense rank overall? If its bad then obviously they can’t do anything in the playoffs.

  63. simalex says: Nov 27, 2011 11:49 PM

    The Pats remind me of the Saints. Loads of offense and just enough defense. Welker, Gronk and Hernandez are just brutal to try and stop.

  64. footballphan says: Nov 27, 2011 11:53 PM

    This “terrible” defense that so many (uninformed) posters keep bringing up is ranked in the top 10 in scoring and rushing allowed. They have also been very opportunistic in causing turnovers and limiting red zone scoring.

    In the past 8 games (1/2 a season) they have allowed under 18 points a game.

    Overall, they are allowing slightly under 20 pts a game, while defensive beasts such as Pittsburgh, baltimore, and SF are allowing approx. a field goal less….yeah, their defense is pathetic.

    Maybe you’d like to consider this “yardage allowed” stat to be a little skewed with all of the leads they have in garbage time? Nah…just keep pumping them full of media hate.

  65. kisstherings says: Nov 28, 2011 12:04 AM

    trbowman says:Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    “Right now, the Patriots look like the leading contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

    We say that every year, and every year they choke in the playoffs.
    ——————————————————-
    lol Every year? Moron. They have been to 4 superbowls in the last 10 years and won 3 of them.

    Check out Brady’s playoff record you idiot before pointing to the last 2.

  66. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 28, 2011 12:35 AM

    at portnoychunk

    ”Right, because if we’ve learned anything it’s that the exact same thing always works in the NFL and teams are completely incapable of making adjustments”.

    if you watch the patriots, you can see that brady does not do well vs very good pass rushes like the giants for example. the ravens have one of the better pass rushes in the nfl, and will knock brady around all game.

    the way the pats offense looked today, and in other games this year, they would never be able to look like that vs the ravens.

  67. miamidolphins1 says: Nov 28, 2011 12:39 AM

    at emoney826,

    ”You mean the same ravens team that can’t beat the seahawks and other weak teams? The ravens offense is a joke. And I never said the patriots could beat the packers. I said they could somewhat keep up with them. In the end, nobody can beat the packers. Sorry but it just isn’t anyones year but the packers. No reason not to try though”.

    no i dont mean the same raven team that can not beat the seahawks and other weak teams, im referring to the raven team that swept the steelers twice, that dominated the 9-2 49ers, that blew the jets out of the building, that team.

    your right, its a bit puzzling how they beat those more talented teams but lose to awful teams like the seahawks and jaguars, but luckily for them, in the playoffs they will only face good teams, and it looks like the ravens play up to their competition, so it shouldnt be an issue.

  68. ken2016 says: Nov 28, 2011 12:54 AM

    Those lousy pats don’t have linebackers, they have flatbackers! Chew on that patty fans!

  69. bobhk says: Nov 28, 2011 1:16 AM

    “In case there was any doubt, the New England Patriots are really, really good.”

    Here we go again. One week the Pats are horrible, another week the are really really good.
    They are neither. They are average. They’ve been beating up poor opposition. While Brady and the offense is good, when they face playoff competition they will get bounced out (yet again).

  70. bobhk says: Nov 28, 2011 1:25 AM

    emoney826 says:
    Nov 27, 2011 8:42 PM
    Packers v. Patriots this year in the Super Bowl. Love them or hate them, this would be one hell of a game.

    Patriots are the only team who can make the game somewhat close.
    =========
    If you are a Pats fan, you don’t want this matchup. If it happens this will get ugly for the Pats real soon. I’m not sure you want Brady to be embarrassed so badly.

  71. bobhk says: Nov 28, 2011 1:27 AM

    rushmatic says:
    Nov 27, 2011 9:11 PM
    norcalmafia says:
    Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM
    UM the Eagles make alot of teams look like sb contenders…NE cant make it past Baltimore or the Steelers with that defense…and they cant beat the Pack or the Niners either…

    _________________

    Niners, haha! They’re not in this discussion.

    The Ravens and Pack are a concern for Pats fans, though. Should be a fun postseason to watch. We have some guys getting healthy in that secondary really, really soon.
    ———
    You’ve not seen any niners games chump. While Ravens D is awesome and will crush Brady and his bunch, Niners D is no slouch either.
    On the other hand, while the Niners don’t have an awesome offense, there is nothing in that Pats D that would scare them.

  72. djstat says: Nov 28, 2011 1:50 AM

    I bet T Sizzle would disagree with you Smith!!! Ball So Hard University Biatch!!!!!

  73. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 28, 2011 2:52 AM

    The Pats, Steelers and Ravens seem to be the most likely to get to the SB. But all three have flaws and are not a shoo in. As far as the Packers bulldozing their way to the trophy; maybe. Funny things happen in the playoffs. One bad break in a close game and you’re over.

  74. Matt-NC says: Nov 28, 2011 6:40 AM

    I wouldn’t make prediction based off beating a dysfunctional Eagles team with:

    -infighting among the coaching staff
    -receivers that can’t hang onto easy catches
    -QB that can’t make simple screen passes
    -corner with gimpy knee

    They could get it done, but the Ravens and Steelers are in the way.

  75. eddyjf says: Nov 28, 2011 7:32 AM

    turdfurgerson68 says:Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    All the hype is nice; the media loves to pump them up this time of year; the Patriots need to get out of the 1st round of the playoffs before any talking can start.
    ——————————————————–
    They have the past 2 years. It’s call a bye.

    Perhaps you should have said win a game.

  76. devouredbychaos says: Nov 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    Any given Sunday guys.

    The Steelers looked absolutely pathetic vs an extremely weak Chiefs team last night. The Ravens have lost to the Seahawks and Jaguars..and looked horrible in the process. They will never win a SB with Flacco, mark my words. The Pats D may give up a ton of yards but they make plays when it matters the most. I’ll be the one laughing as both the Ravens and Squealers lose in the playoffs.

  77. flash1283 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:30 AM

    miamidolphins1 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 12:35 AM
    at portnoychunk

    ”Right, because if we’ve learned anything it’s that the exact same thing always works in the NFL and teams are completely incapable of making adjustments”.

    if you watch the patriots, you can see that brady does not do well vs very good pass rushes like the giants for example. the ravens have one of the better pass rushes in the nfl, and will knock brady around all game.

    the way the pats offense looked today, and in other games this year, they would never be able to look like that vs the ravens.

    ——————-

    Really, then how did they beat the Ravens last season?

  78. gisellichek says: Nov 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    Lets see… Pats are 8-3 with perhaps the Greatest QB (Evah) playing really really good …

    For the haters…
    The Pats D!!! They are 10th in the league in points against (last I checked … the team that gives up the most points loses… not the team that gives up the most total yards)…

    I like our chances…

  79. rexryanstoecheese says: Nov 28, 2011 11:38 AM

    gisellichek:

    you have the BEST name on here, LUV it
    Kinda conjures up a scary image though

  80. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 28, 2011 12:21 PM

    How many years has it been since ’07? Oh yea, 5. I’ve heard this 5 times already…

  81. bobhk says: Nov 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    gisellichek says:
    Nov 28, 2011 10:41 AM
    Lets see… Pats are 8-3 with perhaps the Greatest QB (Evah) playing really really good …
    ———————-
    Hah! Brady is good, but he’s not in the top 5 greatest.

  82. crw37 says: Nov 28, 2011 1:57 PM

    bobhk says:
    Nov 28, 2011 1:07 PM
    Hah! Brady is good, but he’s not in the top 5 greatest.
    ———————-
    LOLWUT?

    Brady isn’t one of the top five greatest QBs of all-time?

    Who’s better? I’ll concede that Montana is better, and I’d probably give you Unitas, too, but that’s it. He’s 14th in career passing yards, 13th in completions, 8th in touchdowns and 6th in wins. Keep in mind that he didn’t play his rookie year and missed all but a few plays of 2008 due to injury. Add to that the 4 SB trips, and the 3 wins, plus the fact that he threw to no-name WRs for many years. He is absolutely better than Favre, Young, Elway, Marino, Manning, Kelly, Bradshaw, Namath, Moon, Luckman, Baugh, Graham, Jurgenson and anyone else except, like I said, Joe Cool and Johnny U.

  83. crw37 says: Nov 28, 2011 2:01 PM

    You know, I used to get really amped up about reading who everyone thought was the best team in football. I thought the Patriots would beat the Giants in 2007 and I thought they’d win it all last year. I also never imagined they’d even make it to the playoffs in 2001, let alone go all the way. It’s obvious, though, that on any given Sunday, any team can win. I’ll keep reading, and having opinions, but I am not hanging onto the words of sportswriters like I have in the past. I’ll let the games speak for themselves.

  84. bozosforall says: Nov 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    They haven’t really beaten anyone this year…and they won’t in the playoffs. One and done again!

    Thumbs down from the idiot Pats fans as usual.

  85. bozosforall says: Nov 28, 2011 3:04 PM

    sschmiggles says:
    Nov 27, 2011 7:50 PM
    norcalmafia says:
    Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    UM the Eagles make alot of teams look like sb contenders…NE cant make it past Baltimore or the Steelers with that defense
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    The same Steelers that only scored 2 field goals in the second half of the Pats game this year?

    Pats can beat anyone in the playoffs. Steelers and Ravens are good, but they’re definitely not invincible. Not even against NE’s “lowly” defense.

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    Keep on dreaming, sssmegma. Your team isn’t going anywhere in the playoffs this year. They haven’t beaten anyone special this year.

  86. castleanthrax says: Nov 28, 2011 3:14 PM

    @rabidbillsfan:

    OK I laughed when Brady said Gronk wasn’t a math major but could hold his own. Now I just need to look at the Buffalo school system. Since 2007 there have been three, yes, three seasons completed. And alas, my Pats haven’t been to the big show since. But that is three not five.

    Take your shoe off if you have to…

  87. neelymessier says: Nov 28, 2011 5:25 PM

    Nothing is a given, even GB’s early coronation. But the Pats rank 15 out of 32 in rushing, actually gain more yds per game on the ground that Pitt or Ravens. Nobody cares about the Packers crappy D because Rodgers is so good. NE is 9th in first downs gained by rushing, and tied for 8th in rushing TD’s. Their rushing game is adequate. Downers like to say crappy KC, crappy Philly, but the Jets need that game, were on a good streak while the Pats had lost 2, and the Pats kicked their butts. We will see what happens.

  88. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 29, 2011 10:38 AM

    @castleanthrax

    Hahah, funny, you know I heard it yesterday so thats 4 years, and I also heard it in ’07 when “the Patriots machine was in high gear” so if I add your 3, and my 2, that should be 5. Why don’t you check the calculator on that for me in case your brain melts.

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