CHB doubting the Pats this week

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    CHB doubting the Pats this week

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/15/with-game-denver-patriots-are-goners/eyJW8UrsMsqGvPKByefi9N/story.html

     I don't know who will be able to see this since it is a Globe article, but basically, Shaugnessy is saying the Pats chances are small.

    EDIT: Posted the article below.

     
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    The Broncos are going to beat the Patriots Sunday.

    Sorry, that’s just the way I see it. I am not rooting for the Broncos. I am not into Satanic worship. Please do not kill my whole family. I am often wrong (remember the 2013 Red Sox, destined for last place?) and hopefully for New England fans, I will be wrong again.

    The Patriots have proven folks wrong time and again. Overcoming doubters is the foundation of the Patriot franchise.

    Doubting the Patriots this weekend is hardly a daring position. They are significant underdogs in Vegas. Most of the national TV panel guys will pick against New England. Some of the handicapping local car dealers will pick the Broncos. There might even be a footy-pajama fanboy or two with doubts about the Patriots’ ability to beat Peyton Manning.

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    So I am a doubter. My instinct says that this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where the high chairs meet Mile High. This is where the NFL reestablishes itself as a meritocracy. This is where competition and talent overwhelm Next Man Up, Bill Belichick’s all-knowing powers, the mystique of Tom Brady, and Bob Kraft’s control of CBS and all NFL committees. This is where the better team actually wins.

    This is where somebody pulls the plug on the endless loop of “The Waltz of the Tomato Cans.” This is where the Patriots have to go on the road for a playoff game for the first time in seven years and play Big Boy Football in another guy’s stadium.

    Abrupt and ugly. Sorry. You don’t automatically get to go to the Super Bowl because you think you’re smarter than everybody else. It’s not always about The System. Sometimes, it’s actually about the players. This feels like one of those times.

    “I’m sure no one’s going to pick us this week,’’ Brady said in his contractually obligated radio gig this week. “It would be as satisfying a victory as we’ve ever had to go to Denver and win this game.’’

    Yes, it would. We’ve already established that the 2013 season is Belichick’s tour de force. He has done more with less this season than at any other time in his career. Even 2001. The 2013 Patriots were an absolute house of cards in September and have been further depleted by devastating injuries to key players.

    Now they are playing their best football at a time when it matters most. They have deftly and magically adjusted to things that have happened to them and they have come out the other side a better team than they were in September. They are the ground-and-pound Patriots. They win throwing the ball only 25 times per game. They have the best no-name defense since the 1970s Miami Dolphins. Belichick is taking guys off the street and beating every team in his path.

    But these Patriots are not better than the Broncos. Too many things have happened.

    What do the Patriots have going for them? As usual, they have the fragility of the opposition. This is their top weapon: the self-doubt of the other team. The Broncos have plenty of doubt. They spit the bit against the Ravens in the playoffs last year. They choked away a 24-0 lead in Foxborough in November. Peyton Manning lives with the notion that he is the latter-day Wilt Chamberlain: all numbers, not so many rings.

    The head coach of the Broncos is nice guy John Fox, a man who looks alarmingly like Grady Little. Fox even has Grady’s North Carolina connections. Fox was the man Belichick beat in the Super Bowl in Houston in 2004. He is prone to panic. If this game were being played in Foxborough, we could count on the head coach of the Broncos losing his mind.

    Fortunately for Denver fans, Fox knows his way around Mile High. He knew enough to defer when he won the coin toss against the Chargers Sunday. He knows how to take advantage of his substantial offensive weaponry.

    Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is another matter. Del Rio helps the Patriots. He consistently has been overwhelmed by the Aura of Bill. Del Rio twice was spanked by Belichick in playoff games when he was head coach of the Jaguars. Del Rio was serving as interim head coach of the Broncos when Denver blew the big lead at Gillette. Del Rio is the man who neglected to have a second punt returner standing in front of Wes Welker in overtime.

    The Patriots are 13-4. They have been lucky and opportunistic in some of their wins, but they were victims of tough calls and breaks in three of their four losses. They lost two games by 4 points, one by 3 points (in overtime), and one by 7 points. With 22 points in the right place, they could be undefeated.

    But we all know they are not that good. And they have no familiarity with road games in the playoffs. The 2013 Patriots were a pedestrian 4-4 on the road. They have not played a road playoff game in seven years.

    They are not going to win this week.

    That’s opinion, not fact.

     
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    In response to AyyyBoston's comment:
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    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/15/with-game-denver-patriots-are-goners/eyJW8UrsMsqGvPKByefi9N/story.html

     I don't know who will be able to see this since it is a Globe article, but basically, Shaugnessy is saying the Pats chances are small.

    EDIT: Posted the article below.

    [/QUOTE]


    Debby Downer of the Boston Globe.  Shocker.

     
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    SHAGNASTY is a reincarnation of Col Dave Egan. Both alcoholic sports writers in Boston

     
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    YOu could post that as an article for the 2001 team heading to Pittsburgh.   NO-one thought the patriots could beat the steelers.

    I got someone to give me 6-1 odds straight up.  but this team is very similar as the "over-achieving " 2001 team since they were no-names.    Shaunnessy is the fan-by who is making his judgments on name players right?   Except the fact is names are about to be made.


    Edelman is enterring troy brownland.  Blount is Dillon.  Solder is Matt light.  NInk is brushchi, Siliga is ted washington,  Chandler is approaching Willyville,  MCC is geeting closer to Rodnycountry.   Talib is Ty law.  the rest are role players like your tebucky jones or Mike vrable...  Then,  Of course Brady is the real Brady.   More of the winning game-manager that he perfected in 2001-2004 than the loser stat-boy gomer.

    Not everyone can see this ,  Shaunnessy is an example #1.

     

     
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    Re: CHB doubting the Pats this week

    Is there some reason why anyone should care what the media thinks?

     
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    The Boston Globe hates the Patriots.  Nothing new here.

     
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    The thing is . Most of the doubeters canot get their head around that BB has changes the whole O philsopphy right in front of their eyes. And too many people base everything on  on the rear view mirror and not going forward. The truth is the track record is short.

    They also keep seeing only PM and his stats- but without Von Miller and their # 6 rated cb and a Dlineman - they jsut cannot see past what they thinkk thye now

    the Pats have lost a ton on D - but we have a deep DB group, Collins and siliga that do not have Brand name s- Yet!

    Las Vegas Odds are based on what they believe the poeple who are going to bet on the game "feel" = they set odds on Conventional Wisdoms and past history

    We will see, wont we?

     
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    Re: CHB doubting the Pats this week

    The beating CHB takes on the web now must be getting to him.

    First, his "I'm a writer, not a cheerleader" column, now this.

    The repeated "It's just my opinion", message is a clear sign that he's getting sensitive.


    I'm surprised John Henry hasn't fired him yet.

    Maybe it's more fun for Henry to keep ol' Dan wondering when the axe will fall...

     
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    Well, if nothing else I got a kick out of John Fox = Grady Little. That's spot on.

     
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    well geez whiz and whoptee do --Jon Fox deferred!!!!!!  Give it up Patriots-- Fox is clearly going to outsmart Belichick Sunday.  If anyone really thinks Fox is running any part of the offense must have their head up their butt.

     
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     " Del Rio is the man who neglected to have a second punt returner standing in front of Wes Welker in overtime."  Del Rio????  Doesn't Denver have a special teams coach.

     
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    Re: CHB doubting the Pats this week

    We'll shaughnessy is usually wrong, so this is good news 

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    Re: CHB doubting the Pats this week

    Don't take it personally Russ. Dan the man is just a drunkard and his agenda is well known. Anyone can see through his Swiss cheese logic.

     
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