Monday, December 17, 2007

Listen Up: The New England Patriots Won't Go Undefeated

It has been the hot question in the 2007 NFL season. Will the New England Patriots go undefeated? So many people have compared Bill Belicheks team to that of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to go undefeated. Some people even think this years New England team is the best team in NFL history. With two games left to go in the regular season, New England has passed the test to this point. However, the 2007 New England Patriot team won't go 19-0 or win this years Super Bowl.

So who is going to knock off the Pats?
Unfortunately for Patriot haters, it won't be in the regular season. The last two team on New England's schedule are the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants. The Dolphins, up until yesterday, were winless and as much as I would love to see the Dolphins knock off the Patriots they won't. People think the Giant's are a trendy upset pick. The only way the Giant's beat the Patriots is if the Patriots beat themselves. I am sick and tired of people telling me the Giant's are a good football team. There defense is good, but their offense is bad. Eli Manning isn't living up to great expectation's when he demanded that he go somewhere other than San Diego in 2004. Not to mention, he has a horrible corp of wide receivers who drops way too many balls, and they have played ring around the running back carousel since Tiki Barber retired last year.

So when will they lose? New England will get to the Super Bowl, and will be huge favorites to win it all. Here's where I think they stumble. When they Patriots won their first Super Bowl back in 2002, New England was a huge underdog to the Rams. As we all know they prevailed thanks to a last second Adam Vinatieri field goal. This time the Pats will be huge favorites to win against the Green Bay Packers, and they will trip up. Brett Farve wins it all, and officially retires at the end of the game. Laugh now but the Packers are playing excellent football all year long, and have a chance to end the season 14-2. The Packers have a slew of great young receivers, and Ryan Grant seems to have all but solved Green Bay's running problem. Not to mention they have a tenacious defense that seems to get better each week. Watch out for the Packers in this years playoffs.

Will anyone go undefeated again?

The answer is no. It is hard to go an entire season without losing at least one game. Injuries and constant media attention have hurt past teams, and ultimately may kill New England's chances this year. They have dealt win the media pressure fine, but they haven't had to deal with a significant injury. Some where in the playoffs or even in the next two weeks, I see someone big going down for the Patriots. This is one thing I don't see the Patriots recovering from. I don't know how the 1972 Dolphins did it, but they wrote history that will never be seen again.


Stobbe0610 said...

I agree with you Nate I do think the pat will not go undefeated. I’m not jumping on the pat band wagon because in my book they play in the worst division in foot ball and have one of the easiest schedule which made it easy for them to go undefeated in the regular season.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for you, the Packers aren't going to the Superbowl this year and now Eli Manning is going to have to go down to Tom Brady and the Patriots. And as you say, there is no way that the Giants will beat the Patriots, that goes for the Superbowl, not only the regular season game they already lost to the Patriots. I'm so excited to see my Patriots go 19-0!

Anonymous said...

the patriots won their first superbowl in 2001.

way to know your facts pal

Nate Gonner said...

My bad when I looked it up I referred to the year they actually won the Super Bowl (Which technically was 2002) but you are right it was during the 2001 season.