Re: 2001 Patriots - America's Game NFLN
posted at 3/22/2013 11:30 AM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
Amazing year, Dr Z power rankings had them ranked last in first or 2nd week of season.
So much for power rankings
At that point, they deserved it. A lot of it has to do with BB's belief in Brady and how Brady led the team after that. It was just a trickle down effect. I remember they played in Carolina late in December that year and after that game, especially on the heels of the goal line stand game in Indy on 11.30, it just seemed like they had something.
To this day, I have no idea why the Raiders or the Steelers looked past them all entitled in the playoffs. That's what each of those teams did and then the Rams did it in the SB, too.
I rememeber thinking I knew they could win it, but a lot had to go right. Clearly, it did. The Rams laid an egg in the first half, which lost a lot of clock which caught up to them in th second half.
Painful to admit that is what has happened to our own offense in recent postseasons.
This year Ravens team is the latest example, that getting emotionally pumped for a game and not taking your opponents lightly is the biggest factor in winning...even in the NFL.
Not sure teams so much look past other teams but when they get much more that they envisioned or expected it can throw them off.
I think our own offense has trouble balancing the methodical approach with the emotional approach in recent years. Being more reliant on timing, scheming and small margins will do that. Moving again more towards a power game will help.
Bledsoe had just signed a $103 million dollar contract before the season, and was out in week 2. That was a rag-tag bunch that year.