Seriously-I'm not a mind reader or anything, but from my own perceptions, it seems like everyone in the national sports media, as well as Pats fans(in general) seemed to think Dallas gave the Pats the WORST possible matchup. Being a longtime fan of the boys, here's why I'm perplexed:
1. While we have pass rushers in Ware/Ellis/Spencer on the edges that give fits to the opposing QB, our INSIDE pass rush et al is SOFT(even Tank's presence hasn't been much of an upgrade, and yes, Jason Ferguson was MISSED this season).
2. Speaking of how our inside is soft, that's where our run D is pretty vulnerable too-not only with undersized DTs, but ILB Akin Adoyele(remember this former Jag) has also been a liability.
3. Outside of Terrence Newman, our secondary is VERY suspect-Anthony Henry(whom you guys didn't see in our Oct meeting b/c of an injury) plays press coverage brilliantly, but he's slow in molasses. Our nickel back, Jacques Reeves, leads the league in most passes THROWN TO. And of course, Roy Williams is the laughing stock in the league in terms of pass coverage(early in the game, Plax had him beat for 6, if Eli had connected, the game would have gotten ugly...early, for us).
4. While we have weapons all around in the passing game, our OL run blocking is inconsistent(at best)-you saw how we were gashing the Giants in the first half, but while common sense that running effectively early in the game wears down opposing defenses, somehow, it was OUR OL that got worn down.
And overall, our OL has been inconsistent in recent weeks-would look great for some stretches in a game, then look aweful in others.
As much as I hate to admit it, this would have been a GREAT matchup for you guys, just sayin'.
Anyhow-if you play the Pack in the Super Bowl, could you do me a favor and beat them? Frankly-I'm getting sick and tired of all this "Almighty Favre is the greatest", "Packers are dominant", "Packers have the best shot to upset the Pats", "Packers will steamroll the Giants", blah, blah, blah ad-nausium talk from the media. Plus my ex-girlfriend, who's a diehard Cheesehead, is really dogging me this week.