NFL  > New England Patriots  > Pats are the Class of the AFC
January 5, 2011, 04:16 PM
The Patriots have been consistently good with only a few minor bumps along the way. This organization is solid from top to bottom with a winning attitude. Super Bowl, here we come.
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January 5, 2011  11:01 PM ET

Bond, James Bond.....; (snicker) Sorry, couldn't help myself.....If you're saying that statistically, the Pats 14-2 record is superior to the 12-4 records of either the Steelers or Ravens, then I can't argue at all with that. If, however, you're alluding that the Pats are somehow, in a class by themselves from the other AFC playoff teams, I've got some sobering news for you.......

Statistically, the Pats do have the #1 ranked offense ( big surprise with Manning and Rivers having off years ), but for most of the season, their defense, esp the pass defense, was in the bottom 1/4 of the league. Their #1 offensive ranking relies overwhelmingly on Tom Brady's passing, as the run game scares no one.

If you look at the "quality" of their wins this season, there's no argument that they have blown out a few teams, namely the Dolphins (twice), Bills, Bears, and Jets. Interestingly, 3 of those blowout wins came against teams already guaranteed a losing season ( Bills, 'Phins ) and another that had already wrapped up a playoff berth ( Bears ). Additionally, several wins were against teams with losing ecords that were relatively close ( Bills, Bengals, Lions ) and both the Bills and Lions lost leads against the Pats late in their games. Probably the Pats most impressive win this season was their victory over Pittsburgh, where Brady put on a passing clinic. But then, there were 5-6 games where NE barely managed to squeak out a win, including the Bills 1st game, a last minute win against the Ravens, and squeakers over the Chargers, Colts, and Packers. Finally, let's not forget about the 2 blowout LOSSES to the Jets and Browns......

If you factor all of this into a comprehensive piece of work; taking away the obvious blowout wins and losses, the average margin of victory in the remaining games, including 10pt wins over the Vikes and 13pts over the Steelers, was about 6 pts. If you remove the Vikings/Steelers wins, the average margin of victory is about 4 pts.

Still think the Pats are the "Class of the AFC?" Looks like at least a few lucky breaks or timely calls by the zebras might have had something to do with their #1 seeding..............;)

January 5, 2011  11:02 PM ET

think 007 is right on.... these pats are playing with a mission. very intense attitude. and with home field till SB.... very slim odds that any team from AFC beats brady & co.

January 6, 2011  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bond, James Bond.....; (snicker) Sorry, couldn't help myself.....If you're saying that statistically, the Pats 14-2 record is superior to the 12-4 records of either the Steelers or Ravens, then I can't argue at all with that. If, however, you're alluding that the Pats are somehow, in a class by themselves from the other AFC playoff teams, I've got some sobering news for you.......Statistically, the Pats do have the #1 ranked offense ( big surprise with Manning and Rivers having off years ), but for most of the season, their defense, esp the pass defense, was in the bottom 1/4 of the league. Their #1 offensive ranking relies overwhelmingly on Tom Brady's passing, as the run game scares no one.If you look at the "quality" of their wins this season, there's no argument that they have blown out a few teams, namely the Dolphins (twice), Bills, Bears, and Jets. Interestingly, 3 of those blowout wins came against teams already guaranteed a losing season ( Bills, 'Phins ) and another that had already wrapped up a playoff berth ( Bears ). Additionally, several wins were against teams with losing ecords that were relatively close ( Bills, Bengals, Lions ) and both the Bills and Lions lost leads against the Pats late in their games. Probably the Pats most impressive win this season was their victory over Pittsburgh, where Brady put on a passing clinic. But then, there were 5-6 games where NE barely managed to squeak out a win, including the Bills 1st game, a last minute win against the Ravens, and squeakers over the Chargers, Colts, and Packers. Finally, let's not forget about the 2 blowout LOSSES to the Jets and Browns......If you factor all of this into a comprehensive piece of work; taking away the obvious blowout wins and losses, the average margin of victory in the remaining games, including 10pt wins over the Vikes and 13pts over the Steelers, was about 6 pts. If you remove the Vikings/Steelers wins, the average margin of victory is about 4 pts.Still think the Pats are the "Class of the AFC?" Looks like at least a few lucky breaks or timely calls by the zebras might have had something to do with their #1 seeding..............;)

Ironman-The Bears did not secure a playoff birth when the Patriots played them. Had they beaten us they would have. The Bills never led in any of the first game and only by 3 in the second. They have the no.1 scoring offense not the number 1 offense in the league. The much maligned pass defense is the leader in takeaways.

Stats in the end can be overrated. What matters most is what happens on Sundays. Are the New England Patriots the best team in football? Since the Super Bowl is not being played, and no team is there no. But are they a good team yes. We'll see what happens when it happens. I'm only in favor of being humble about my team. I'll let everyone else talk.

January 8, 2011  08:18 PM ET

I'm rooting hard for the Pats but I also realize anything can happen in the playoffs. Just ask the Saints. That said the only team that really scares me is the Ravens which is why, for the first time in my life, I'm rooting for the Jets (over the Colts)

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January 8, 2011  09:53 PM ET

QUOTE (#9): "....Stats in the end can be overrated. What matters most is what happens on Sundays. Are the New England Patriots the best team in football?......."


PP: Um....READ your title of this post. I DO think that you CLEARLY stated this.....I'm merely providing some fodder for those that believe your Pats are less invincible than you and the majority of the talking heads in the media believe.....

January 8, 2011  10:07 PM ET

PP: I stand corrected............YOU did not make that claim, 007 did. My comments should be addressed to them........nonetheless, my point still stands.

January 8, 2011  10:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

QUOTE (#9): "....Stats in the end can be overrated. What matters most is what happens on Sundays. Are the New England Patriots the best team in football?......."PP: Um....READ your title of this post. I DO think that you CLEARLY stated this.....I'm merely providing some fodder for those that believe your Pats are less invincible than you and the majority of the talking heads in the media believe.....

I understand. I read it. I just believe that the only way New England is the "class of the AFC" is that they win the AFC. accept for the Seahawks right this minute everyone is 0-0. New England hasn't won a thing.

January 8, 2011  10:08 PM ET
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PP: I stand corrected............YOU did not make that claim, 007 did. My comments should be addressed to them........nonetheless, my point still stands.

No harm no foul.

January 8, 2011  11:35 PM ET

"bring-on the j-e-r-k-s !"


LOL! looks like it's going to be a "rubber game" for NE/NYJ.......it's either going to be a brawl down to the very end of the game or a blowout...

January 8, 2011  11:47 PM ET

Well, The Jets won. I can't say I'm thrilled as I actually respect the Colts and hate the Jerks. While it's never a guarantee I still think the Jerks are a much easier out than the Ravens so I can live with the results.

January 8, 2011  11:53 PM ET
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Well, The Jets won. I can't say I'm thrilled as I actually respect the Colts and hate the Jerks. While it's never a guarantee I still think the Jerks are a much easier out than the Ravens so I can live with the results.

I'm sure the Pats will kick the Jets butts next week. I can hardly wait till Super Bowl Sunday.

January 8, 2011  11:55 PM ET
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I wouldn't know Why,the Bengals had them bet till Carson Palmer coughed up the ball,in the last seconds..or it ben 4 in a row,Yeah They bet the Pats,and,Yes.They may do it again.look at the NO and Hawks Game,Kinda gives ya clarity ,doesn't it?I'm rooting for the Colts,but I like them better than the jets isall.

You poor folks have Marvin returning next season. That must really suck!

January 9, 2011  06:38 AM ET
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Well, The Jets won. I can't say I'm thrilled as I actually respect the Colts and hate the Jerks. While it's never a guarantee I still think the Jerks are a much easier out than the Ravens so I can live with the results.

The whole easy out theory I have a problem with. With two victories by teams who the "experts" thought had little chance, I can't believe that the Jets will be easy. They didn't play their best game Saturday for certain. But they will be amped up for New England.

January 9, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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the jetts better learn to score more than 17 points if they wanna win next week !,.......maybe the ''bad-weather'' [?] will help the j-e-r-k-s / maybe not !,.....[memba= pats@bears] .

The Giants only scored 17 points against the Patriots in Super Bowl 42. I'm not taking them for granted.

January 9, 2011  10:33 PM ET

QUOTE (#21): "I'm sure the Pats will kick the Jets butts next week. I can hardly wait till Super Bowl Sunday."


Wow! You really are "counting all yer eggs before they are in the basket." Your Pats have 2 playoff games to win, against a team that beat them once this season and the winner of the Ravens/Steelers contest the following week...........pretty arrogant to talk about the SB already.

January 10, 2011  12:50 AM ET
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hey perfect-pats ,....i haven't crowned anybody yet , but i believe the jetts need to score more than 17 points esp. if the weather's fine next sat./sunday !..........have a lil faith in your team, i'm sure b.b. will ''prepare'' his team for eveything/anything shrex throws at him !

I have faith, I'm just humble because I know I'm not going out there to play. So there is no need for me to be like we are going to kick butt and take names. I let them do the talking. I know there are Patriot fans who will do all the talking. I believe in them. But their play must talk not us.

January 28, 2011  01:07 PM ET
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I'm sure the Pats will kick the Jets butts next week. I can hardly wait till Super Bowl Sunday.

Still feeling that way Sparkles? I know I can't wait til Super Bowl Sunday!!!

 
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