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Brady, Patriots, Perfection?

Brady, Patriots, Perfection?

 

For months now the talk around the NFL has been will they, or won’t they? Will the New England Patriots pull off the unimaginable and pull off perfect season? Since about week 4 or 5, after the Patriots started the season scoring 38 points in 3 straight games, experts have been saying that this could be the year of the undefeated team. I’ve said all along that this would never, and could never happen. I’ve said that the Pats will lose at least one game, if not two. I said that the pats would lose two of the three games of the two away games against Baltimore, and the Giants, and the third being home vs the Steelers. Well, I was at the Ravens game and were it not for a time-out called by Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan just before Ray Lewis, stopped Tom Brady’s QB sneak attempt on 4th and 1 with under 2 minutes left in the game, and his team trailing. Then again, later in the game the Pats were once again, a play away from being beaten, but thanks to a holding penalty called on the defense, Brady was given new life, and promptly threw a TD in the corner of the end zone to Jabar Gafney. Then, after the Pats had beaten the Ravens, Steelers, and survived a near defeat at home to the Eagles, I changed my opinion. Heading into the Giants game in New York, facing a Giants team that had already clinched a playoff spot I said, “they’ll either, go undefeated or they’ll win the super Bowl, but not both. Not 19-0, no shot!” My thinking was, maybe they actually will make it through the regular season undefeated, but no shot they go the whole season without a loss. I said, if your a Pats fan, you gotta be hoping they get beat this week (against the Giants) because, they gotta have a bad game at some point, so it better be now, or it’s gonna be in the playoffs, or in the Super Bowl.

So, the Giants play the Pats close for a while but in the second half the Pats pull away and win comfortably, and pull of the 16-0, undefeated regular season.

So the two weeks ago the playoffs begin, and Jacksonville wins in Pittsburgh, meaning it’s the Jags and nor the Steelers whom the Pats will make their 2007/08 playoff debut against in New England. Now, you must understand that brother Parliament, co founder of the soup, has been in my ear, as well as anyone else’s who would listen that the Jags were going to the Super Bowl. Which naturally, most of us thought he ought seek professional help for these type of delusions. I was however, surprised that the Vegas line on the game was only 13.5, considering that all the Pats home games for about a month or so, had lines that were Pats by over 20, or more. I waited anxiously to find out if Parliament was right, since he’d been saying the Jags will knock off the Pats in the playoffs, or would the predominating sentiment of the Pats being the best team of all time, be looking more and more like the case. We’ve seen teams make runs at perfection before, and crumble. The Colts of 2005, started 13-0, but couldn’t even make it to the Super Bowl, so for me how Brady, and the Pats responded after receiving post-season award after post-season award, after breaking record after record. How would 16-0 Pats do with an extra week of potential distractions, and swollen ego’s?

At the end of the first half it looked like the Jags would have no trouble hanging with the Pats, with Jags QB, David Garrard going toe to toe, and TD for TD with Tom terrific, and taking his team into the locker room tied at 14. Especially with Jags coach Jack Del Rio, opting to go for it on fourth and short in the first half, and then calling a play-action pass that resulted in a 30 plus yard completion, and set the Jags up for a first and goal, which resulted in a TD reception by Matt Jones. But, in the second half, i looked down for a second and all of a sudden the game was over. That scintillating first half where there were both teams incredibly combined for only 2 incompletion’s in total, lead to Tom Brady posting the best statistical game for a QB (%) in history. Regular, or post-season. Brady went 26-28. No, that’s not a mistake, and yes, you did read it correctly. He only threw two incompletion’s the entire game, in a playoff game, that was close throughout. One of them was a drop by Wes Welker on a short pass that hit him right in the hands, but took his eyes off of. I mean, come on, is this for real? 26-28, in a playoff game against a Jags defense that had been as tough as, and and playing as well as anybody? I’m not sure about you, but I thought that the Pats offense would have some drop off, after the whole “spygate”?

But, now I look at who’s left, and with the Colts mystifying loss at home to a Charger team that didn’t have Ladanian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, on the field, and has Antonio Gates hobbled, I’m thinking that they’re about to get steam-rolled. Maybe it’s me, but with no Manning in the playoffs to stop Brady, well no “Peyton” Manning, and no Tony Romo, and TO, tom stop them, then who?

In my mind means one thing. There’s only one man that can prevent me from having to watch another summer of Tom Brady’s “white men can’t dance”, dance.

Another summer of having to see more of those “5 layers of fraud protection” commercials.

“Tom, we are all just metaphor’s…Can metaphor’s pay?” Ha Ha Ha.

That man’s name is Brett Favre.

That’s right, we’ve all had a harmless man crush now on him for years, and now he’s our last hope from another summer of hearing about which super-models Tom Brady has been so gracious enough to impregnate.

Now, I know some of you out there may likely be thinking that my opinions are in some way based in jealousy, and that I’m simply envious of Brady, or as the kids say, “I’m hatin on the Brady bunch”

But, I’m not jealous, and I don’t hate the Pats, I just don’t think any team can make navigating through a perfect 16-0 regular season, and then maintain the same high level of play through the entire post-season, considering you’ll have an bulls eye on your back from the rest of the league, knowing that your the top dog, and your gonna have to withstand the best punch from every team from here on in.

There’s no way they can continue to make it look this simple.

There can’t be.

Not more commercials with Logan Mankins.

Nooooooooooooo!!

Please Brett Favre, your the only one left who can stop them.

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