Re: Why the panic?
posted at 11/16/2009 2:23 AM EST
In Response to Re: Why the panic?
[QUOTE]For all doomsday predictors, I would remind them of 2007 season Giants. An above average team that played well enough in the playoffs to win it all. Why cant we do that?
Posted by rangaprabhu[/QUOTE]
1.) the 2007 Giants had a great pass rush
2.) the 2007 Giants could pound the ball on the ground.
The Pats lost tonight because they can't run the ball effectively enough to run out the clock.
You can only get away with Faulk draws out of the shotgun for so long.
Unless you think the RB situation ("Maroney's going to prove us all wrong, you'll see") wil fix itself, the Pats, in a road game vs an elite team, will have no lead that's safe. Right now they are similar to the old run-n-shoot Oilers of the early 1990s, a team that blew a 35-3 lead at Buffalo for the same reason the Pats blew a 34-21 lead at Indy.
BTW, in order to return to the SB, at least in the Pats case, a team has to beat an elite team on the road, something the Pats haven't done since 2007.
The 2008 Pats were 11-5 due to a soft schedule, but the only playoff team they defeated was Miami, an upstart team that went 1-and-done.