The Pats have proven they need a first round bye to make the Super Bowl, and especially with this flawed team. Last year, to reach the Super Bowl, we beat Tim Tebow, and then had the Ravens shank a 20 yard FG. This year, we need to beat Pittsburgh, then win at Denver, and at Houston. No way, no how.
And even if we do make the Super Bowl, who are we going to beat? The Niners? Giants? Seahawks? We play like crap against all of them.
This Pats team is fun to watch, but they are nowhere near a championship team. Ridley fumbles constantly. Hernandez drops 50% of bunnies thrown to him. The secondary is an NFL laughingstock. We have no deep threat WR, just dink and dunk possession types. Brady can't throw a deep ball anymore, and goes through stretches where he can't hit the broad side of a barn.
Also, Belichick is coaching like the game has passed him by. It's always the other team that tricks the Pats, has the surprises, has the better game plan, and manages the game better. We've failed against tough defense since the first Giants' SB loss, 5 years ago, and it's always the same now. We face a tough D = automatic loss. Against weak teams, we blow them out.
The plus side is this team is young, and there's some hope that they can improve in 2013. But Brady is old now, and this window may be shutting forever. Unless the Pats cheat like Indy did, and throw a season to get the next great QB.
Next year, I want to see a good, tall, physical, downfield threat WR. And a CB who can cover someone.
Meanwhile, the next two weeks are meaningless exhibition games. I'd rather the Pats rest all our starters for the playoffs.