Here's a funny post from back in September:
16-0. The 2007 Pats have done something no other team has done in the history of the NFL. To go 16-0 in the regular season is so astonishing that I don't think I can even fully comprehend it yet. To do it this season, with that schedule is even more incredible.
Have you guys seen the schedule? It's no cake walk.
Many people think that if they lose the playoffs that the season will be a failure. I fall on the other side of the fence. As I said in an earlier game thread, I think the Pats are playing with house money at this point. The legitimacy of their dynasty was questioned and they answered that question by winning all of their games. Not 14, not 15, all.
Now, don't get me wrong. I want them to hoist their fourth Lombardi Trophy on February 3rd as much (if not more) than anyone. I've never wanted to see a team of mine win it all more than the 2007 Patriots. Will I be disappointed if they falter? Of course. Would it piss me off to no end? No doubt. However, I certainly will not consider the season a failure if they do.
It is so hard to win in the NFL in this age of the salary cap and parity. The NFL is the best run sports league on the planet and any team can really beat any other on any given day. All the teams that are remaining in the tournament are solid teams. There are no Miamis left on the schedule. To lose a game to one of the remaining teams would not make this season a failure.
Last week, my brother asked me who I wanted the Pats to play in their first game. Without hesitation, I responded "Jacksonville." Even though I think the Jaguars are a good team, I think they have become vastly, vastly overrated over the past month or so. I think this was evidenced last night in Pittsburgh. The Jaguars have become the chic pick to beat the Pats just because the Pats have beaten everyone else. I wanted the Jags because I want there to be no stone left unturned. I also wanted the Jags because I think the Pats will beat them by at least two touchdowns.
If the Pats are fortunate enough to win their next three games, the 2007 Pats will be considered the greatest team in the history of the National Football League. Pretty amazing if you think about it.