, I think I'm not being clear. I'm saying you can cite the Patriots position in any number of statistical categories, and then use that to try to decide what their odds are. That really doesn't accomplish much. It's meaningless, is what I'm saying. Were it that the last 5 teams to lead the league in rushing got to the superbowl, it wouldn't matter that the Patriots don't. Just like if the last 15 teams that were 6th in punt coverage did not make the superbowl, and oh no, the Patriots are (if they were) 6th in punt coverage! See what I'm saying? There are thousands of statistics one could cite to improve or lessen the Patriots alleged odds. It's all nonsensical, really.
They're a lock to win the next 2 games, to me. I really don't think that's an unreasonable or crazy thing for the media to say, after they just won 16 straight games. I mean, if this team isn't a lock to win these two games, coming off a bye, at home, in the cold, in January, against a dome team (Colts), then one would have to be saying no team should ever be a lock.
That still doesn't make them a lock, unless I'm misunderstanding the word.
I do wonder if we have differing definitions. Mine is that it's basically assured. Like a 16 seed at the NCAA tournament losing to a #1 seed. That's pretty much a lock that the #1 team could win. Of course in the crazy world of sport, an upset could happen. Just like some team could come into New England and beat the team that just won 16 games in a row, and has no notable injuries. But it's not going to happen - it's pretty much a lock. I understand that fans are scared of jinxing the Patriots, so there's a desire to not say it's a lock.
Bob Kuechenberg, 72 Dolphins guard is saying that his heart is dead set against the Patriots matching them in the record books. Okay, now it really is starting to seem to me like they should be a little more gracious. The team is good, for goodness sakes. At least Don Shula is coming around.
As far as Wilfork, sorry, but he tried to poke the guy in the eye. Classless. Just classless. He should have at least had the decency to do it at the bottom of a fumble recovery pile, come on.
The Randy Moss thing - he was slipping and falling and ran into the defender, who just helped him down with a forearm. That's what was so lame about that whole thing. It wasn't like the defender popped him, and thus something to cheer about. Randy just slipped.
I loved Brady getting excited and slapping the pass rusher on the rump, that was kind of funny. I can't wait until the playoff matches are set, so it can be really obvious that the Patriots are a lock for the superbowl. Who ever would have thought one would have to actually make a case for it basically being a lock that an undefeated team with no significant injuries playing at home would win two whole games. Amazing.