As per usual, Pats fans want to overlook the many many flaws with this team and use injuries as an excuse for the their poor performances against sub par teams. Nevermind losing to to the hapless Jets, giving up 30 points to a team that struggles to score a TD against any other team, but squeaking by the Jets, Bills, Saints, Broncos and Texans by a combined 14 points (for those of you playing at home that's an average of less than a FG each). Just as we have seen in the years since 2004, this team will not be able to beat the better teams in the NFL come playoff time.
Hats off to the Patriots for finally not being one of the worst pass defenses for the 5th year running. The cost of that transition? Worst running D in the AFC and giving up 4 1/2 yards per carry. We saw it again yesterday, though this time you couldn't use the "by design to stop Peyton excuse". Teams that cannot stop the run do not win come playoff time. The refs will not continue to prop up New England to get them back in the game by allowing their D backs to mug receivers on every key play as they did against Atlanta, Denver and Houston. Attaboy Bill Belichick for wasting yet another year of Tom Brady's career. WIth cap hell looming next year, already 123 mil committed, things are looking bleak. Having to replace Fat Vince, whose career is over, and sign or replace Talib & Edelman who are both having good years and will comand big money, things are spiraling downward in Foxboro.
Don't fret, though, Pats fans. Looks like it won't be until the second round that you lose.