From The Sporting News:
The Patriots look ordinary
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2009 season is that the New England Patriots have looked like a middle-of-the-pack team.
Even with quarterback Tom Brady more motivated than ever a year after tearing an ACL to start the 2008 season, the Patriots can’t get it done like they used to.
Sure, their late-game heroics against the Bills in Week 1 called to mind the offense that consistently moved up and down the field in 2007. But in the other 114 minutes and 28 seconds of regular-season action, the Pats have looked decidedly un-Patriotic.
The thinking in some circles is that the Giants established the blueprint for beating the Patriots in Super Bowl 42, and the Pats haven’t figured out how to consistently beat defenses willing to throw caution at the wind in the hopes of throwing Brady’s body to the ground.
While the Pats remain in good hands with coach Bill Belichick, things will get no easier for a team that easily could have been 0-2 right now — and will face tough battles against quality teams in most of the remaining 14 games.
HAHHAHA but just a mere 6 years ago they were saying this in the New York Times after the Patriots lost their season opener to the Bills 31-0.
With a game Sunday against an equally humbled Eagles team, which was shut out, 17-0, by the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, the Patriots’ future looks blurry, especially with the stalwart linebacker Ted Johnson out indefinitely with a broken foot.
I love it. In 2003 they said the future looked “blurry.” So blurry that they were about to win the next two Super Bowls. So blurry that they would throw in there an undefeated season as well as other great seasons. The Patriots have owned the NFL for most of this decade. Don’t get me wrong, there has been a share of heartache. Oh I considered jumping off the Tobin Bridge Charles Stewart style when we blew a 21-6 halftime lead to the Colts, blowing a sure trip to the Super Bowl. Reche Caldwell should die of gonnohreah and rot in hell. Oh and I surely attempted to Lorena Bobbitt myself after the perfect season was lost to a group of New York vermin in the last minute (even though the Giants committed 2 major facemasking penalities on the David Tyree play, but I digress)
The fact of the matter is, we have had all of this success and some heartache because this organization has been the tits for 9 seasons now. The Jets haven’t had heartache because their shitbag franchise has been pathetic since 1970. So excuse the Patriots for an early season garbage fest. Because after a few weeks of clicking, this team is going to start rumbling over teams. Yeah they’ll lose a few more games. And it is true, they will have their struggles. There will also, unfortunately, be a few injuries to key players.
At the end of the day the Patriots will finish 12-4 and be the favorite out of the AFC to appear in the Super Bowl. The playoffs can be a crapshoot. I’m not going to sit here and guarantee a Super Bowl win. I’ve been around long enough to know that’s a hard thing to achieve. But even Corky Thatcher agrees that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover. And you can’t judge an NFL team after two weeks.
Patriots 33 Falcons 23. This is the final score.