Originally Posted by BroncoPower
Yeah, tbh i wish we had faced the Falcons and the texans and even you guys later in the season as opposed to earlier when Manning was getting to know the offense but i guess one thing you cannot say is that we have lost to anyone we should have beat.
NE has lost to the Cardinals in Foxborough and the jags ran you guys pretty close. At this stage in the season that isnt too encouraging.
Beating a 2-14 team BARELY can be alarming to some,but what fans from other teams fail to see was that there was a gruesome 3 game series for the Pats of which included 2 teams in SF and Houston that were considered two of the top 3 teams in the NFL at the time.
The Pats were on prime time 2 weeks in a row against these teams,the Houston game in which the offense went crazy and scored bunches and the SF game where the offense didn't wake up until the 4th quarter and that was the most physical game of the year bar none and definately took a lot out of the team as injuries also mounted along the way.
Now take those 2 games aside and go on the road to the next team,a 2-14 scrub team that few teams worry about and you can see it was more of taking the Jags a little lightly than there worry about that game being a 'problem' going into the playoffs.
There will not be any more slacking off i assure you,I would guarantee that Belichick lit up into his boys in the locker room after that Jags game like it was a loss and warned them that another lackluster performance was going to end their season.
I don't expect slow starts to any playoff game from this bunch and I expect a full hearted effort and opposing teams better be at their best because the Pats will be bringing the kitchen sink to whomever they play until their season is over.
You want to beat the Patriots? then you better out perform them because they won't likely be turning the ball over or playing like its a Pro bowl game again this season.