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Old 09-24-2007, 04:51 PM   #19
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Default Re: Bengals Circling The Drain?

Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
Ask me in February

Lots of favorites to win the conference never make it to the SB (I know you may hate to hear it but Exhibit A is the 1976 Steelers) and you need only go back to the 2005 season to see a "Super Team" that was going to outdo the 1972 Dolphins that crashed & burned. That is all I am saying at this point..
Sure. You know im not one for making rash guarantees for the SB based upon the first few games - the NFL and the media that srves it specialises in the knee jerk reaction.

Believe me, there are plenty of potential stories just waiting to be broken out should the Patriots lose to Cincy - Belichick 'distracted', Patriots 'getting away from their non-star roots' - that tpe of nonsense - hopefully I wont have the opportunity to be proved correct though!

Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
The Pats are the most impressive team so far, but beating a Jets team with QB issues, a Chargers team that has coaching issues (even though I recall someone said they were going to beat Green Bay by 20), and a Bills team that has now been stomped by the Steelers and Pats is not much of a read on their greatness..
Yah, I really thought Green Bay were rated way too high and the opposite of San Diego - turns out I was'll happen again, no doubt (unless im wrong about that)

Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
Given their lousy division the Pats certainly have the inside track on homefield, but in the AFC that often has not been worth a whole lot.

As I have said repeatedly, this ain't the BCS - the championship will be decided on the field, not by compring the relative merit of beatdowns.
Yes, admittedly the AFCE is shaping up to be poor this year - I take exception to those who intimate its been a cake walk since 2001 - but this year, for sure, it looks to be one of the weaker divisions in football..not just the AFC.

I believe useful information can be extracetd from this regular season games, but as you say, its not simply transferrable into postseason success - but it does give indicators of future performance.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.
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