Re: two areas that needs improving to have success the rest of the way
posted at 11/3/2009 11:48 PM EST
In Response to Re: two areas that needs improving to have success the rest of the way
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: two areas that needs improving to have success the rest of the way : Eliminated in 1st or 2nd round??? This is a QB driven league and we have the best QB! Coincidentally we also happen to have the best #1 and #2 wrs for the best QB to throw the ball to. I think you are forgetting how good Tom Brady is in the post season. If not for the B.S of the afc championship in 2006 and the miracle catch of 2007 the man would have 5 superbowl wins. With the defense at least 5 x better then it was last year I think we will be the favorites come years end.
Posted by TrueChamp[/QUOTE]
I agree about 2006. They were robbed and they would have destroyed the Bears.
I don't agree about 2007. The Giants handled the Pats throughout most of that game. They deserved to win. They played better. It was more than one fluke catch that lost the Pats that game.
Tom Brady is the best QB of his era, hands down. And he looks to be getting his game back. But right now, Manning and Brees are playing the position better. That's proved by the numbers.
Having two of the best receivers of the past several years will not hide the fact that this team cannot run, cannot stop the run, cannot cover kicks well, cannot punt well, cannot return kicks well and they have no clear #3 and # 4 receivers. These are real problems with no quick, easy solutions.
As far as the D being "5 times better than last year", I will remind you that they didn't even make the play-offs last year, let alone beat any very good teams. They have yet to beat a very good team this year, as well. Should they beat the Colts and Saints I will eat my humble pie, as I have done here before.
To put it all in perspective, look at the stats Mike Reiss put together this week. The Pats look very good in a few areas and horrible in others, ranking near the bottom in some key categories. When they have won the SB in the past, they really didn't have weaknesses. But they do now. The very fact that there are threads here about finding a #3 receiver and a #1 RB in mid-season says it all. I bet Colts', Saints', Bronocos' fans are not posting such threads.
The Pats are not AFCC-caliber contenders just yet. Until they prove otherwise, I will stick to some realism and enjoy the wins they do get.