Re: AFC - No dominant team
posted at 10/16/2012 3:02 AM EDT
In response to AFNAV130's comment:
In response to FrnkBnhm's comment:
In response to ccnsd's comment:
What's strange is the Pats actually have a very good point diferrential after 6 games, better than the 5-1 Ravens. Only Houston is better in the AFC. The Ravens defense may be in big trouble for the rest of the year. Flacco may finally have to play consistent to win (not a lot of 9-6 wins on that schedule now). Cowboys really blew that game. That 2 point conversion was in his hands.
Point differential is completely overrated. The outscored the Bills and Titans by a combined 45 points. Who cares. This is not college and you do not get style points for running up the score. They can pile on when they are winning and they have to, because no lead is safe with their defense.
Yes, the Ravens "may" be in trouble. They still essentially have a three game lead on the Patriots for a bye. I would argue that they way the Patriots have played in their losses, the belong in the large group of mediocre teams in the AFC right now. If you can keep it close for three quarters (apparently 13 points is not a safe lead with under 10 minutes to go), they are not good at closing out games.
Played in their losses? They've lost by 4 points total. They lost the AZ game on a missed field goal that wasn't needed because they won with a touchdown. Oh wait Gronk "Held" a guy for .5 seconds and no more touchdown. Mike Pereira stated regular refs wouldn't have called that. Then you have the Ravens game. How many phantom holding calls that bailed the Ravens from what would have been 3rd or 4th and long and gave them 1st downs. Multiple times on a drive? When the announcers say "Ummmmm...dont know what that was", should tell you something. That is just obious instances of game changing calls that absolutely killed the Pats. Its hard enough to win in the NFL and deal with that stuff. Sure if they hadn't missed the field goal against AZ they still win. Point is, they should not have had to. The game is a composite of play on the field and officiating.
To your final point, I agree, they need to close out games better. No matter. They should not have needed to be in that position. They need to be up by 20 with 7 to somewhat take any potential officating bias out of the equation.
All three times they had second half leads. Twice they had two score leads in the fourth quarter and still lost.
Officiating bias is totall crap. There are bad calls on both sides of the ball in every game deal with it. I am sure Nate Solder never holds, but doesn't get called, and Gronk never uses his hands to get open.
My point was that point differential is meaningless. The blew out a couple of teams and it totally inflated. 24 point wins do not count any more than 1 point wins. Last week, they made the Denver game a lot more interesting then it should have been. They Broncos had a chance to pull within FG with 4 minutes left after being down 24 in the 3rd quarter.
When the game is close late, I do not have faith in this coaching staff to figure out how to stop anyone. If the offense fails to continue piling on, this team is always in danger of losing...