The Patriots are off to a fantastic start and are looking every bit the part of a defending Super Bowl champion. Brady looks sharp, the defense has been opportunistic, and Gronk is just absolutely unstoppable.
It may be the bias Pats fan in me, but with the team rolling the way it is, and the lowly Jaguars next on the docket, there seems to be no reason why this team cannot go 16-0.
I know it’s early, and while this may be the overreaction of overreactions, look around the NFL. There is no one in the AFC who can contend with the Pats. They are simply on another level. Though it has only been two games, it seems as though the offense is clicking, and, even with a depleted secondary, the defense has been able to hold its’ own.
What sets the Pats apart right now is, simply put, they don’t have any injuries. Around the league, players are going down left and right. Suggs in Baltimore, Dez and Romo in Dallas, Jordy in Green Bay. No team has been immune to the injury bug, that is except for the Patriots.
Now I know what you’re saying and no, I am not saying that the Patriots will manage to slide through a whole season with no one significant going down. That would just be insane. I mean I still yell for Gronk to stand up every single time he gets tackled. No, what I am saying, however, is that, right now, the Patriots are one of the healthiest teams in the league, and while everyone else is dealing with the loss of their players, the Pats need to ride out their good fortune.
As of today, the Pats are scheduled to play a Dallas team that will be without their star receiver Dez Bryant, starting quarterback Tony Romo, and solid corner, Orlando Scanderick. They’re also a few weeks away from playing a soft Colts’ team that has been severely banged up on the defensive side of the ball. (Although even 100% healthy the Colts have no chance.)
While it is still a young season, the overwhelming theme that I have noticed from around the league is mediocrity. Every prime time game has been a dud, and the overall play from the majority of teams has just been downright bad. There really is no other way to describe it than just bad.
Most teams that the pundits predicted to go far have started out 0-2, and even some of the undefeated teams, I’m looking at you Denver, have looked completely out of sync. Also, don’t for a second think that it is coincidence that both the Colts and Ravens have started out winless. These two tattle tale teams have dug their own grave, and now they have to lay in it. It’s just sad that the Pats might not get a chance to bury these guys in the playoffs again, but I guess we’ll just have to settle for a Week Six thrashing of Indy in their own dome.
Anyway, besides Green Bay, most teams have looked stagnant, and flat. No one, except for the Patriots of course, have stood out as front runners. If there is going to be someone who can stop the Pats, they have yet to show themselves.
Now while I hate trying to predict wins and losses so far out in advance, looking at the Patriots schedule, there is really no one out there who I am afraid of. The toughest game may in fact be the season finale in Miami, and the only reason why that may be difficult is because there’s a chance they might rest their starters for playoffs.
Of course there is always that game that catches you off guard, but with the motivation that this team has behind them, I don’t see Bill letting these guys slack off for even a second. This team, if they are going to recreate 2007, will not let their guard down, not even for a moment. As they have shown in their last two outings, they are going to come out guns blazing, and they plan to put the whole league on blast.
By Jake Cianci