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Are the Patriots ... lucky?

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08:03 AM ET 01.17 | The football gods have smiled this season on New England. Whatever is good for the Patriots is what will happen. It doesn't matter how small or seemingly insignificant, if it gives the Patriots an edge, it happens. Guaranteed. From Matt Schaub's foot injury to Ryan Clark's blood disorder, from the St. Louis Rams letting Josh McDaniels go to the San Diego Chargers sticking with Norv Turner, from Tyler Palko to Vince Young to Tim Tebow twice, the Patriots have enjoyed a run of good luck and great timing this season. ... So a dangerous Houston team goes home and a banged-up Baltimore team limps into Foxboro, and the road to the Super Bowl for your New England Patriots now looks as clear as the State House hallways on a Friday afternoon in July.

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January 17, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Unsaid here is that good teams make good luck happen.

January 17, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Better to be lucky than good.

January 17, 2012  08:14 AM ET

You work hard, you get lucky! But you gotta work Hard and they do!!!

January 17, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Once again consider the source...what a damn rag. How is the Herald still in business?

January 17, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Luck is what you make it...

And that look in the eyes of the Patriots QB says good luck is on its way.

January 17, 2012  08:17 AM ET

It's called taking advantage of the opportunity at hand.

January 17, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Once again consider the source...what a damn rag. How is the Herald still in business?

It's great for the dog shelters and for puppy training.

Besides that, not so much.

January 17, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Don't know why the media is so quick to dismiss the Ravens. Maybe I'm just biased due to being a Ravens' fan but if there's a defensive team equally matched up against the Pats the offense, it's the Ravens. While the Pats have great receivers, their RBs are not a threat. We got good nickel line line up in Webb, Reed, Pollard, Jimmy Smith and we can dial up some pressure with our pass rush.

January 17, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Don't know why the media is so quick to dismiss the Ravens. Maybe I'm just biased due to being a Ravens' fan but if there's a defensive team equally matched up against the Pats the offense, it's the Ravens. While the Pats have great receivers, their RBs are not a threat. We got good nickel line line up in Webb, Reed, Pollard, Jimmy Smith and we can dial up some pressure with our pass rush.

The Herald don't know sheet. Most fans know what the Ravens D can do.

January 17, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's called taking advantage of the opportunity at hand.

True that and it's not to say that the Pats couldn't have done alright given different circumstances, but it is true that they have arrived at the AFC championship game without beating a single team with a winning record. Sometimes things just go right, I guess.

January 17, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Don't know why the media is so quick to dismiss the Ravens.

As a Patriot fan, I was rooting for Houston on Sunday. The Ravens may look old and beat-up to some, but they are also experienced and therefore dangerous.

Looking forward to a good game from your guys.

January 17, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Drafting Hernandez and Gronkowski wasn't luck. Keeping Pat Chung off the field until he was really healthy and ready to play wasn't luck. Picking up Wes Welker and even Tom Brady wasn't luck, either. Dumping Albert Haynesworth wasn't luck.

The survival of the Boston Herald. Now that's luck. No good reason for it.

January 17, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Don't know why the media is so quick to dismiss the Ravens. Maybe I'm just biased due to being a Ravens' fan but if there's a defensive team equally matched up against the Pats the offense, it's the Ravens. While the Pats have great receivers, their RBs are not a threat. We got good nickel line line up in Webb, Reed, Pollard, Jimmy Smith and we can dial up some pressure with our pass rush.

The media may dismiss the Ravens, but I'm sure the Patriots are not.

January 17, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The media may dismiss the Ravens, but I'm sure the Patriots are not.

Yeah I'm thinking that the Texans with a 3rd string qb would be my choice over the Ravens.

January 17, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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True that and it's not to say that the Pats couldn't have done alright given different circumstances, but it is true that they have arrived at the AFC championship game without beating a single team with a winning record. Sometimes things just go right, I guess.

Those are the breaks though. Looking at the schedule at the beginning of the year it looked like a very tough one. The Jets twice, the usually competitive Chargers, Cowboys , Giants, an Eagles team that was most people preseason favorites as well as the Steelers, as well as Chiefs team that had a strong year last year and who would have guessed Peyton would miss the whole year. So while the breaks went the Patriots way, but no one would have guessed that prior to the season.

January 17, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Drafting Hernandez and Gronkowski wasn't luck. Keeping Pat Chung off the field until he was really healthy and ready to play wasn't luck. Picking up Wes Welker and even Tom Brady wasn't luck, either. Dumping Albert Haynesworth wasn't luck.The survival of the Boston Herald. Now that's luck. No good reason for it.

Right here... While their defense may be kind of mediocre, the fact that their offense is one of if not the best in the league is not luck.

January 17, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Those are the breaks though. Looking at the schedule at the beginning of the year it looked like a very tough one. The Jets twice, the usually competitive Chargers, Cowboys , Giants, an Eagles team that was most people preseason favorites as well as the Steelers, as well as Chiefs team that had a strong year last year and who would have guessed Peyton would miss the whole year. So while the breaks went the Patriots way, but no one would have guessed that prior to the season.

No argument there, things just happen the way they happen.

January 17, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Patriots may be "lucky" but they are also a first class team and force to be reckoned with in the NFL. The writer fails to acknowledge that not all luck is good luck.

January 17, 2012  09:36 AM ET

As Branch Rickey once said, " Luck is the residue of design."

 
January 17, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Luck? That seems kind of a dumb statement to make. As far as the Ravens D being banged up? Who exactly is banged up, Ed Reed? He sprained his ankle. Most importantly Ngata, Suggs, Johnson, Webb etc. are all healthy (well as healthy as can be this time of year). Should be a very good game this weekend.

Flacco needs to step up. That Houston D line made him look terrible, but the Ravens O line had a pretty awful game, no running lanes for Rice and Flacco too often had no time to pass. Thankfully for Baltimore, the Pats D line is nothing on the level of Houston's and it helps no Andre Carter.

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