Re: How good were the Ravens
posted at 10/4/2009 9:43 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How good were the Ravens
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: How good were the Ravens : I believe it. From a handicapping perspective, I would rather the Pats be 3-1 against three playoff teams and one decent team with some flaws than be 4-0 against really bad teams. At least you know where you stand against the guys you will be seeing in the playoffs. Even if they were that good, you have this uneasy feeling about it while it is happening because they haven't started banging around with the bigboys yet. And you just don't know until the rubber hits the road.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
I've got to respond more to this. My fandom demands it.
So the pats are 3-1 against 3 playoff teams and a decent one with some flaws. Lets see:
*Jets (yep good, but as shown today, their rookie QB is going to lose them a few);
*Ravens (well they beat KC and Clev and were fortunate to get a win against SD - while 3-0 at the time, not a ringing endorsement);
*Atlanta (they've beaten a dolphins team you don't think is good and a Carolina team that isn't good)
* Buffalo - (They've beaten only TB, possibly the worst team in the NFL)
So the possibility exists that the pats wins aren't all that great.
On the flip side, I give the colts some credit:
*dolphins (I happen to think that they are better than you give them credit for and in doing so makes the pats wins more impressive.)
*Jacksonville, has just shown some moxie winning their last 2 games. We'll see if they can sustain anything.
*Arizona - their offensive line is a problem and will cause them to not win the division this year, but SF is better than previously advertised.
* Seattle - they are bad without Hasselback, but really it was their D that was bad. Wallace can do things with his feet that other QB's cant.
Maybe I am trying to convince myself here, but if I am, then I really other than the Jets, the pats competition has not been great.