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Old 09-22-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default On the Mark: Pats' time has passed

Not ready to believe this after 2 games, but at least some in the media aren't on the Pats* bandwagon.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/1...ime-has-passed

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Rather, what happened Sunday at the Meadowlands says less about the Jets than the Patriots, who were lucky to get by the Buffalo Bills on the first Monday night of the season. For a while now there has been this feeling, accepted with little question, that the Patriots would pick up where they left off in 2007 just as soon as Tom Brady came back from his knee injury .

That's not going to happen. Bill Belichick -- as evidenced by his hilariously rude inability to acknowledge rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez after the game -- will only get meaner. And barring cataclysmic injuries, his Patriots will get better. But they'll never be what they were. Maybe now you know why Belichick ran off the field with a second still on the clock against the Giants in Arizona. I'd say he already understood what's taken everybody else so long to comprehend, that the 2007 Patriots would go down as the best team never to win a Super Bowl.

You don't get a second chance at 19-0. A level of play that close to perfection is a highly perishable commodity, especially in professional football.
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