The Patriots are fresh off their bye week and, will soon be headed to Dallas in search of their fourth win of the season. As the Pats have shown in their previous outings, they are out for the blood, and the entire league has a front row ticket for their Vengeance Tour.
Brady’s been spectacular, Gronk is unstoppable, and the entire team is playing with a sense of confidence and determination, similar to that of the 2007 season. However, I can’t help but notice that something a little bit stranger is going on this time around, and it has nothing to do with the team itself. It has to do with what’s going on throughout the league.
Countless players have suffered injuries or been suspended, coaches are already finding themselves in the unemployment line, and star free agents have failed to produce, and yet, the Patriots have found themselves untouched by all of these phenomena. More so than being untouched, the Patriots have actually found themselves to be the beneficiaries of these trends.
Just look how the season has begun. The Patriots opened up against a Steelers team who were without both Martavis Bryant, and LeVeon Bell, both out due to suspension, and were able to cruise to a solid week one win. Oh, and to make matters worse for the Steelers, they now have to play a number of weeks without quarterback, Big Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a knee injury against the Rams.
Flash-forward a couple weeks, and the Patriots were once again able to put together convincing wins against the Bills and the depleted Jaguars, all the while, the rest of the AFC is wallowing in the dismay of mediocre football.
Now, the Patriots are going to play a Dallas team who has lost not just Romo, not just Dez, not just Scanderick, not just Dunbar, are you still with me, but also Sean Lee, who is questionable with a concussion.
These teams aren’t just kneeling in front of the Pats, they are crumbling. Let’s look around the rest of the AFC. The Dolphins, who were said to be one the Patriots closest competitors, just fired their coach today, and Ndamukong Suh is still reported missing by most Miami fans.
While Denver’s defense is very good, Peyton’s got a noodle arm, and unlike previous years, he just doesn’t scare me anymore, and frankly that’s a little disappointing.
The two biggest proponents in the “deflate-gate” saga, the Colts and Ravens, have started off the year in tremendous fashion, holding a combined record of just 3-5. The Ravens are coming off a win in which they stole after Steelers kicker, Josh Scobee missed two crucial field goals, and the Colts are off a win in which Matt Hasselbeck Andrew Luck was injured, led the team to an overtime win against the Jags, only after the Jags too missed a field goal in OT.
In the NFC, we have the Seahawks, who the Patriots defeated in the Super Bowl, are also having a tough time starting the season. Seattle is off to a 1-2 start and will be without Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch for their Monday night game.
There is also the Eagles, who are in fact on the Patriots schedule this year, who have dealt with injuries, a free agent bust in Demarco Murray, and a coach who thinks he’s Belichick, but in reality is nowhere close.
Never before has the road to the Super Bowl been so easily paved for the Patriots, and it seems sort of fitting. The league that had tried to punish the Patriots so severely, is now laying down and letting the Pats stroll along to what would be their fifth championship. I mean, the closest competition in the AFC is led by Andy Dalton and ‘ol “one and done” Marvin Lewis. That alone tells you everything you need to know about this season.
I am actually shocked at how these mighty teams have fallen. It is like the Pats are carrying the Arch of Covenant into battle, and anyone who opposes them is struck down in their path.
I guess it is fitting that this team would have a biblical aura around it, after all their quarterback is Tom Brady. It’s just a bummer that we have to wait till February before we can watch the Pats play Green Bay in San Fran.
By Jake Cianci